Writing is such a strange thing, because we have to think hard, think deep, and figure out why we think what we do and what motivates us to do this or that or this or that.
It can make one crazy.
Personally, the universe has been telling me to stop thinking so much. There’s a point at which we really can’t get to the bottom of everything we feel, think, and do. Sometimes we just feel one way or another, for no reason other than maybe the moon cycle or hormones or even what we ate.
Lately, I’ve been trying not to think so much, but I sometimes trip over into self-absorbed analysis of every thought and feeling.
On the other hand, sometimes our feelings are real clues to what we want or need to do. And sometimes they are intuition speaking.
But sometimes, they’re just self-absorbed gunk that just muddies everything up.
Back to the other hand, close scrutiny in how we tick is important for our writing. We need to understand why people do what they do, when they do it, and what triggers there are. We need to understand motivations and feelings and thoughts, and how they all define our character. Why do we feel this way? What caused us to make this statement? What motivated us to take this action? It’s all important stuff to know about humanity, so that our writing can be truer, more honest, and more real.
So there’s some strange line there, you know?
Think, don’t think. Where’s the line? What do you think? How do you know when to turn on the thinking and when to turn it off?