Friday, January 29, 2010

Keeping Mum - Dara Girard

A lot of people are planning to make 2010 their writing year and I applaud their efforts. I also have goals that I wish to accomplish this year, but there’s only one that I’ve made public (and only to my business manager). I’ve learned that sometimes there is strength in keeping a secret, especially when it comes to your creative life.

“Talking is a hydrant in the yard and writing is a faucet upstairs in the house. Opening the first takes all the pressure off the second.” Robert Frost

Over the years I’ve seen a number of writers talk the magic out of their story ideas. I’ve watched as all the enthusiasm rushes from them and disappears into the air, instead of being saved on the page. I have come to discover that talking opens onesself to the slings and arrows of well-meaning friends and associates. “Are you sure that will work?” “Didn’t (name of bestselling author) already write something like that?” “But who will want to read it?” “I’m not sure that’s a good idea, but don’t worry I’ve got a better one,” and so on…

I’ve learned to keep secrets and I think you could consider it too. Learn to preserve your spirit. I’ve written several stories that will never go anywhere, but I made the decision not someone else. So, as you progress through 2010 keep some things to yourself, especially your deepest inspirations, colorful plots, crazy or uniquely different characters or zany scenes. I promise you won’t regret it.

Coming February 23, 2010
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Rebekah E. said...

Thanks for post.

Michele L. said...

Hi Dara,

Yes, I know what you mean. Some things are best not said. My husband has a tendency to deflate my ideas. I know he means well but it hurts sometimes.

You are one wise lady! Have a fantastic weekend!

Rosemary Gunn said...

Such truth in your words! Exactly what I need today ... thank you.

Linda Henderson said...

Yes, sometimes saying it out loud ruins it.