Thoughts, from Careful Crane

To All Who’ve Offered a Strip of Tape to the Wings of Tired Cranes,

I’m reading more blogs that touch upon the tug of war between posting and writing, with a focus on longterm projects. On my homepage (or I guess they called it The Guestbook in the yesteryears of Xanga), I had a brief conversation with Therapy Journey about writing spurts. She mentioned hers last a good four weeks. I would say mine are similar. Personally, coming up with what to write while maintaining focus is a bit challenging. For this reason, I have a little pink journal that I’ve labeled “The Writing Goals” book. Of course, it’s a book of lists. Tables of contents for prospective books, paragraphs summarizing a novel I’ve always wanted to write. And like dozens of bloggers I’ve gleaned inspiration from, I’m thinking:

Is Crumpled Paper Cranes keeping me from meeting my 2015 writing goals? 

No, not exactly. In honesty, I never thought feedback from others would mean so much in pushing me further with this formerly dormant hobby. I thought of myself as “the boring writer” who had my interests and wrote about them, but was too shy to attempt creativity. Before giving attention to this blog, my hours after The Day Job consisted of copywriting, editing, and little research on subjects of my intrigue. While supplemental income was great, and solidified my self-presentation as a staunch pragmatist, writing creatively makes me quite a bit happier.

I do not think, that in absence of Cranes, I’d be able to adapt so well to a new job in a drastically different environment. Take a bunch of acrylic paints swirled together in an empty coffee bottle. Set that bottle next to a cardboard box, with the same acrylics stored in cylinders sealed for years. Therein sits the contrast.

If anyone was curious, most of my essay-ish entries are written with the assistance of writtenkitten.net. I found flash writing was a great way to organize thoughts and construct a narrative in a way that wasn’t too overwhelming for both myself and readers. Pick an increment, and every so-and-so words, you get a kitten. For me, it’s more effective than a basket of puppies, although I’m sure there’s a website for those who aren’t so fond of what seems to be the Internet’s favorite domesticated animal. I carried the kittens to the longer entries, and I think the website will be increasingly helpful as I approach the potentially daunting task of the novel. Or novella. The ideas of both have been outlined.

Ostensibly, I’m a handful of marbles dropped on the yucky asphalt of a crowded playground. I’m trying to gather all my pieces in one fist, though I know that’s not feasible. So I’ll take the marble I find the prettiest, try not to find a reason “why,” and polish it the best I can.

I’m shooting for the novella.

Learning the steps to a plot’s crisp dance.

Best,

The Careful Crane

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21 thoughts on “Thoughts, from Careful Crane

    • I…I…don’t quite know what to say! Thank you! But honestly, I am very, very shy about sharing my writing. I prefer not to mention that I even have a blog. It’s one of those things that I’ve let sit so someone may find it. I think one of the things that pushed me into sticking with regular posts was being told by so many people, “You need to write a book. About your life. About cats. About koalas. About Baby Bottle Pops, etc.” I thought, “You know, I’m so random that I need to put it down somewhere.” And of course I obsessed over what to blog about because I thought there were rules for blogging. I was wondering, “Do I write about movies? Do I write about relationships? Do I only post poems? What if I want to rant about something that pisses me off?”

      Then I told myself, just write and post whatever the hell you want. And if something totally unrelated gets posted, I’ll just make a new category.

      I still don’t know what to call this blog. It’s really quite random, though most of my posts are poems. I’ll just stick with “An Experiment.”

      Again, thank you. 🙂

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      • Your writing is random and done so well that we as readers find it to be rather intriguing. Therefore, your blog title is perfect, it’s a bunch of thoughts that you have crumpled together for us to delve into that give the illusion of numerous little paper cranes all crumpled on the floor. Each having its own unique shape, color and form. No two pieces of crumpled paper is ever the same and that’s what makes your blog special.

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  1. Great post. I have found my blog has actually helped write even more. I too have a notebook filled with ideas and since I started A Psycho Babbles I have found myself writing more fiction and poetry.

    And you never know, one of your blog posts may develop into a poen, short story or novel.

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  2. Hi Kris – You sound kind of pensive in this and like you’re trying to re-group, which is good. I think you have many talents, from what I’ve learned from your blog, and I enjoy the variety you share. Definitely pursue that novel or novella when you get it figured out – I think you’re a very talented creative writer.

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  3. I know just recently I had a three week writing spurt. An idea popped in my head and I couldn’t stop. Now, I’m struggling to even sit at the computer. I actually went back and reread some of my half written stories and got very interested in them again. I guess all of us work the same. How you finish your novella soon good luck!

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  4. I’m not so sure about the spurt thing. I guess I do have periods when I write more than I usually do, but I’m not sure it’s really the same. My method is to at least once a day sit down and spend some time with my story.
    I may be writing, or I may be outlining or planning or creating something else, but it is, in some way, connected to my story. Tonight, I’ve written two and a half paragraphs, and I’m not sure it’ll be more than that – but at least I did something today too.
    It may not work for everyone, but it works for me.

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    • That sounds like a wonderful, sustainable way of going about it. It sounds more…solid. I’ve noticed that when I get erratic with writing, it shows. I would like to create something cohesive, and I think your way not only sounds rational, but also induces less stress than spurts. Thank you so much for sharing!

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      • It started out as a challenge on a writer’s forum I’m on: write an hour a day, every day, for a month.
        Part of the challenge included posting on the forum when you started writing and then when you were done again. The main benefit from this challenge was that it got me into the habit of writing a little bit each day. I’m still keeping it up, over a year later.
        The accountability of the forum challenge definitely helped. Letting others know that I was doing it helped put some pressure on me to keep at it. It needn’t be a post on a forum, it probably needn’t even be public – just jot down somewhere when you start and when you end, so you can see for yourself how you’re doing (or mention it on the blog).

        Finally, for the challenged I did, time spent writing didn’t carry over between days. Writing for an hour and a half on day one didn’t mean I could write for just half an hour on day two.

        Nowadays, the time isn’t as important. The important thing is I sit down and write at least once. It feels empty if I don’t.

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      • The one I’m on is mythicscribes.com. It’s geared towards writing fantasy, but there’s bound to be plenty of others if that doesn’t interest you. 😉

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