Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Instinct and intuition

I believe writers, or anyone in the creative fields, has deep reserves of instinct and intuition.

INSTINCT: a natural or inherent aptitude, impulse, or capacity
behavior that is mediated by reactions below the conscious level
INTUITION: the power or faculty of attaining to direct knowledge or cognition without evident rational thought and inference

Why do we do what we do? Why do we write what we write? How do we know WHAT to write?
Instinct and intuition. The undefinable SOMETHING that speaks to us. Whether it be the voices in our heads or just the feeling that what we're working on is right. For us. At this point in time.
We need to learn to tune into this. I honestly believe that anyone can access this wonderful part of our minds. Don't doubt your true self. So what that no one else has written what you're writing. So. Damn. What.
Write what speaks to you. And it'll speak to the reader.


Nancy J. Bond said...

I believe you're absolute right about this, Crystal. In the past, I've tried to steer a project toward what I was told was selling at the time, and ended up hating the story. I now write what that "instinct" tells me to write -- stories from the heart. :) Actually, one of my favorite quotes on writing is: "Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart." - Wm. Wordsworth

Bryan said...

I'm in whole-hearted agreement. The reason I write what I write is because if I don't the ideas just spin outta control until I can't sleep at night. I don't know if I could ever steer my thoughts into writing "what sells".