My Scribbled Secret Notebooks

Some pages from the not so secret online journal of Lynna Goldhar Smith artist and writer.

Why do we avoid sitting down and writing?

It’s so strange isn’t it.

There is a lot written about how fear is the enemy.

It’s more than fear.

Writing is difficult.

It is not easy to build a well made stage play–or a work of fiction.

It takes work and courage and a thick skin.

It also takes knowledge of craft–

which is something that we acquire by committing to a rigorous practice.

To write requires a deep understanding of ourselves and the world around us–

along with a willingness to admit that we don’t actually know all that much about either.

and therefore must continually keep learning about both.

Right now I am working on a character that I am worried I can’t write.

Because he is a man and has lived in ways that I have never lived and

I don’t know much about him. Not from the inside anyway.

I don’t know that I can authentically speak in his voice.

This is difficult. But I need to write this character.

My recent response to the difficulty is to do nothing and distract myself

and fiddle about with other things more instantly gratifying.

Oh well. I suppose I am not alone in this.

But I am determined to break this particular slump and enliven my character

somehow.

How to begin I ask myself?

Begin at the beginning or begin anywhere I answer.

Anywhere?

Just begin?

Ok.

Louis enters. He stands in a pool of light. Stage Right.
He is wearing jeans and a peacoat with the collar up.
He carries a guitar case.
He wears a wooly cap.
He is about fifty.
He sets down the guitar case and opens it–
Straps on his guitar–
Throws a loonie and a five dollar bill in the open case
He begins to sing

Ok it’s a start

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