Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Triple Dog Dare

Why I Write
Writing is not a choice. Writing is a challenge put forth by my inner me. It’s the reason I write. It has always been there as far back as I can remember. Addiction and obsession are too negative sounding but could be factors. Liberation and communication…now those are the results of the addiction/obsession, but they sound much better! Let’s keep this positive!
Writing is a sport: a game of putting the right words together at the right time in the right place.  A challenge put forth by my inner me. “I triple dog dare you,” says my brain.  And then, I have no choice, I have to write it down.
It’s time to pick teams. Let the games begin.

As the coach, I invite the words to come and try out.  I decide which words I want for the team, which words get to play and which ones don’t.

Some words get sent back.  They just aren't playing nicely; they lack sportsmanship and cooperation. Some words just don't make the cut; they’re just not good enough -  no muscle, no stretch, no imagination, no accuracy, no stamina.  They’ll take too much work to fit in with the rest of the team.

Some words are relegated to the bench in case I need them later.  They have potential, but they just aren’t needed yet.  I’ll look for places to use them well and strategically.  They may not play this game, but I keep an eye out in the next game for a place I can use them.

Sometimes, somehow, too many words go out on the field.  I have to send some back because there are too many for the game, too many on the field! Penalty!!!

But when the right words are put together, they flow.   A brain “wave” goes through the reader.  From word to word, the image grows as it is passed around, until, at the end - SCORE!  And a little brain cheer goes up…

Anyone for up for a game?  I double dog dare you.  No, I triple dog dare you!

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Such a simple question, with so many possible answers! Thursday, October 20, is the third annual National Day on Writing and the Stenhouse Blog will join the celebration by asking you to answer the question: Why do you write?
Here's my comment: 

Why I Write
Writing is not a choice. Writing is a challenge put forth by my inner me. It’s the reason I write. It has always been there as far back as I can remember. Addiction and obsession are too negative sounding but could be factors. Liberation and communication…now those are the results of the addiction/obsession, but they sound much better! Let’s keep this positive!

9 comments:

  1. Words as players in a game - I like this perspective. I am so happy that you didn't write this in a comment but wrote as a post instead. You have chosen your players wisely, coach. Cheer!
    Terje

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  2. Love, love, love your analogy! It is spot on! I'm going to have to *favorite* this slice.

    Thanks for sharing! By the way . . . did you win a poster from Stenhouse?

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  3. I'll take the dare, but sometimes we play different games you know. Maybe it will be parallel play? Love the metaphor with games as writing. I wonder if a picture book could be made of this? Do you realize what a terrific lesson it would be to read and practice all the parts? Great post!

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  4. @Michelle
    Yes, I did! Did you? Looking forward to receiving it!

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  5. I love the metaphor as well. I was caught in your grip and loved being there.
    Write ON, Slicer
    Bonnie

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  6. This was so great! The first string got into the game and they played it well.

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  7. I thoroughly enjoyed your metaphor, but after Elsie's comment that extends your metaphor, everything I have to say in response falls flat.

    BTW- I am a big fan of Sarah's Cafe in Wiscasset, but I would be happy to take you up on Red's Eats. Thank you for your comment!

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  8. @Christy Rush-Levine
    Oooh, I love Sarah's too! Great haddock chowder!

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  9. Great post! The analogy to a game is wonderful! And you captured why so many of us write--it does become a game, a contest of sorts!

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