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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Writing (01/11/07)

TITLE: The Writer (ii)
By Kurt Youngdale
01/14/07


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I stare at the blank page. Emotion pours over me and defies me to express it. I meditate until an idea forms and I start writing. I feel anxious. I do not consider form or style. The only thing that is important is that I get the emotion expressed. I keep writing.
When the story is finished I feel relieved. I then feel depressed as if I’ve come down from some kind of high, now that the emotion has been exhausted. I think that perhaps I shouldn’t write anymore. Will anyone like my story? Will anyone be able to relate to it? I do not know the answers to these questions. I do not have any illusions as to being a great writer, but that is not my reason for writing. My reason for writing has always been about expression.
The story I am most proud of is a story called “Letting Go”. This story is about a child growing up and leaving her parents. It’s a story that many could relate to and I got a pretty good response from it. Although it was emotionally satisfying to write that story, I can not relate to it personally. It amazes me that I could write something like that without going through the experience myself.
Sometimes I write stories that are hard for people to relate to. One such story is called “Fix the Sky”. It’s about getting along with people who are not very likable. Sometimes people tolerate other people because they feel obligated to do so . They feel obligated because the Bible says we are to Love our brothers. I think the idea is something everyone can relate to but not many people could relate to the story because of the way it was written. Both of the main characters are jerks and not very likable. I think everyone has been a jerk at one time or another to someone and maybe people don’t like to read about characters like that.
Thank you all for reading.


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Jan Ackerson 01/20/07
I enjoy seeing how people relate to my different stories, too. Isn't it fun? Keep on writing, even characters who are "jerks". They're more interesting to read than "perfect people."
Donna Emery01/20/07
Thanks for sharing your honest feelings about your writing. It's good to use characters that we know or can base on those we know. Keep writing!
Sara Harricharan 01/23/07
Very honest writing here. I love the transparency and the simplicity.
Julie Arduini01/24/07
Your call to writing whether it's been a personal experience or not is much like birth. It's so painful and difficult during the process but to let the emotions out and see the finished product, you just beam inside. Keep writing!