Writing Under So Many Stars

Such a marvellous sight!

It’s almost Christmas Eve. A few days need to go by, but we’re almost there.

This year, hubby-to-be, kiddo and I chose a different place to celebrate the North American Holidays season.

From Christmas to almost New Year’s Eve, we settled down in a little cozy, sparkling with wonderful art cabin, just a sigh away from the St Lawrence River, nearby a little village on Ile d’Orléans.

When I first started to write this post, no moon shined on the ice crackling on the shore.

However, stars did. So many stars, so bright in the frigid minus 20 degrees Celsius.

Such a marvellous sight, dear fellow writers, not only did I feel the need to share, but it made me wonder about the power of travelling and its impact on my creative writing quest.

For nowadays, technology obliging, writers can do such in-depth researches that travelling to physically experience the weather, the atmosphere, the sounds, the decor, the smells of any destination seems almost like a burden.

However, here I am, dear fellow writers, listening to the ice pilling up on the shore so close to the cabin. Crackling crack crack criiick. A big cargo boat is slowly going down in what’s left of free water.

And a little « what if… » starts to dance in my mind.

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Semantic Satiation, or What Might Lurk Behind the Proverbial Writer’s Block

lt all began with a writer.

In order to make the audience of tv show « Ted Lasso » laugh, that said writer taught it would be fun to explore the well-researched psychological phenomenon that is semantic satiation.

One thing led to another, and there I was on a very quiet Tuesday, listening to the host of a francophone late-morning radio show I almost enjoy, repeating the word « chapeau » for 15 seconds.

After a while, you don’t understand a word anymore. It’s just random, almost annoying sounds.

And apparently, the same phenomenon can be applied to writers.

Sometimes, we’re puzzled by how bad our writing appears to be. Or by how impossible it seems some days to write a decent 500 words in less than an hour.

The answer might just be this: Semantic Satiation.

Writer’s Block and Semantic Satiation: Same Battle?

Well, it’s not exactly the same thing.

Semantic satiation have to do with the repetition of one word leading to the feeling the word has become meaningless, or sound darn weird.

Although writers may suffer from a sort of word saturation, if, for example, they write continuously without a break for a prolonged period of time.

After a while, the act of writing in itself, no matter if it’s fiction or technical writing, if it’s writing business letters or legal contracts, may lose its sense for some writers.

Suddenly, no words are good anymore.

They are the same words as the day before. It’s always the same words. However, they sound weird, they seem stupid, meaningless.

I’ve always called it writer’s block. Now that I heard about semantic satiation and how a similar phenomenon can affect writers, it shed new light on the said writer block.

When every word I write is bad, it’s a signal I need to step away from the page and go do something else!

Dear fellow writers, I hope this helped… and made you smile a bit.

Until next time!

Sources:

APA PsycNet

Mental Floss

Exhaustion VS Creative Writing​: Whom Shall Win?

Parents, at one point or another, we have all been there.

It’s 1:30 am and kiddo wakes up, claiming its morning already. Therefore, said kiddo refuses straight up to go back to sleep.

Now, at 1:30am, I cannot muster the strength to be neither patient, calm, collected. It just not happening.

When something or someone wakes me up, I’m instantly on nasty mode. And oh! dear fellow writers, was I nasty to that young innocent soul.

So much so that – guess what? Yep, I couldn’t sleep at all. Just what my unkind-nasty reaction and I deserves, I taught.

Around 4:30am, exhaustion got the best of me. But not for long. No more than half-an-hour later, kiddo woke up. For good this time.

Writing Goals VS Reality

On paper, writings goals always sounds do-able. We’re energized, ready to tackle the words by the ten of thousands. Nothing can stop us.

Except, maybe, reality.

I am but the luckiest mama, since I’m able to work part-time and put many hours into what makes my heart truly sings with joy, what makes me feel like I’m at the right place, doing what I’m supposed to do: write.

Nevertheless, when sleepless nights accompanied by guilt / endless questioning my abilities as a parent occurs, it’s a real challenge to go about the workday, let alone meet the daily creative-writing goal.

As daylight shines and goes, my mood will vary from tired to sad to almost depressed.

Inevitably, the writing will reflect that mood. All of a sudden, a full of drive character might just curl in bed and cry over the sad part of is backstory.

No point in spending time writing something I will erase tomorrow, or that could damaged my writing motivation.

Better off putting the pen down… and let exhaustion win?

Never!

…Or…

Maybe!

I dunno, I’m too tired to decided.

Whom Shall Win?

Between exhaustion and creative writing, who then will win?

Well.

Today, neither will triumph.

I’ll have to content myself with this blog post, which still took me almost one full hour to put together (geez, is it bedtime already?)

And let’s look at the bright side: since I’ll probably be asleep by 8pm tonight, I’ll get plenty of rest and I’ll be writing-ready to beat my daily writing goal.

Or so I hope.

Thank you so much for reading. Until next time, may all the good words (and the good nights of sleep) be with you, fellow writers, with a special wink and smile to all the mamas, papas and non-binary parents out there.

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