Yeah, it goes both ways. It's been exceedingly nice how little of that has leaked into this thread.Sommer Leigh wrote:I've been hesitant to comment much on this thread because I'm afraid of sounding like I'm sticking my nose up at the channelers (I'm not! I swear!)...
LOL. I swear you must have been in my classes. That was me you were laughing at. Where were you sitting? :PSommer Leigh wrote:but in the spirit of honesty I do remember spending time in my writing classes in college eye rolling at the "I am a true student of artistry! My muse speaks to me! I am but a vessel for my characters!" Arguably it was mostly because creative writing college students seem to be incredibly dramatic, giving those theater nerds a run for their money, but also because I just didn't understand it and could never relate.
I'm a little different in that there is a large spiritual journey aspect for me, even without the external muse. Perhaps I should say it just isn't a guided journey. :) More of a compass, a canteen, and a kick out the door.Sommer Leigh wrote:I've never felt like the story was flowing through me. I've never felt like it was a spiritual journey. I've never felt like anyone was speaking to me.
Nah, I'm way more vain than you, just by virtue of being born a leo. Then there's the cultivated vanity. ;PSommer Leigh wrote:Maybe my inability to touch the spiritual is because I'm maybe a little bit vain?
I blogged today about my feeling that it's useful to see how other people work. It might break us out of restrictive ideas about how we have to work. Maybe we don't have to work the way we think we do. Maybe we can experiment with other ways. Maybe some of them are better for us, and maybe they aren't.Sommer Leigh wrote:I think it is fascinating to really try to understand how other people do it. When you're only familiar with your own way, it is easy to forget your way isn't the only way.
Then, it's also nice to hear someone describe methods very like our own. There's that little bit of recognition, of kinship. So far my methods are very like yours and very like polymath's, differences in terminology aside. I do suspect I'm considerably less literary than I'm imagining polymath to be, but that's not really about process. That would be more voice and style.