1.09.2013

beginnings (blogfest)



“if the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.” ~ anatole france

THANKS to l.g. keltner (l.g. keltner's beginnings blogfest) for hosting this super fun blogfest where we explore and reminisce about our beginnings as writers, as bloggers, as artists...any beginning will do.

since this is such an open-to-interpretation blogfest (which i love!), i'm going to talk about one of my favorites: the beginnings of a story.

there isn't much that can compare to the bliss and angst and passion and excitement of a newly conceived story. it's like falling in love. what am i saying - it is falling in love. except i get to see my love each time my fingers hit the keys and i travel to a special place. the place is secret, safe, quiet. i have no idea where i'll end up, but the journey getting there is the most exhilarating part...


in the spirit of blogging here's a post i wrote a while back (when in the thick of one of these love-sick story hazes) about passion:

"it is obvious that we can no more explain a passion to a person who has never experienced it than we can explain light to the blind."
-t.s. eliot

i've been thinking a lot on passion lately. that satisfying turning and burning i get in the pit of my stomach when i'm preparing to sit and write. the way i can't help that my eyes collect water in their corners or the goosebumps on my skin when a song comes on that spurs a moment i know must be written, brought to life. or how when i have so much inside of me, swelling, bursting at the seams that i know i must run or scream, scratch a pad of paper with some charcoal, smash some paint against a canvas, have someone scrape my skin with a needle and ink...something, anything to satisfy the passion, this craving, this compulsion i have inside of me.

and what of those who don't have this beautifully agonizing ever persisting presence in their lives? i know i would wither away without it; burn to ashes and flutter along a breeze, hopeful of finding some meaning, some purpose, some self-fulfillment.

"the excellency of every art is its intensity, capable of making all disagreeable evaporate."
-john keats

what are some of your favorite story beginnings? do you get love-struck like i do, or do you tend to struggle at the beginning?


*my latest photo obsession: the photo zoo (etsy)
**the path
***have love, will travel

16 comments:

  1. I have to admit I am ridiculously fond of the beginning of The Hobbit. That grabbed me and pulled me into the Hobbit hole of Tolkien's worlds and I have never left.

    --
    Tim Brannan
    The Other Side
    The Freedom of Nonbelief

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    1. have to admit i've never read it! *ducks under desk* it is on my 'to read' list though. i used to watch the cartoon adaptation over and over as a kid. thanks for stopping by timothy :)

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  2. I agree that writing a newly conceived story is a process of falling in love. I also fall in love each time I write something new and fresh. My characters and their lives all stay with me for years afterward too. Writing is a passion you must pursue when you have it.

    Thanks for participating in my blogfest!

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  3. What a gorgeous post - I loved it from beginning to end. I've started to get pickier about what I read, and if I'm not love-struck within the first 5-10 pages, I put down the book. There are too many wonderful stories out there for me to spend my limited free time on one that doesn't resonate.

    And if the beginning of something I'm writing isn't working, I don't try to polish it up like I used to either. I scrap that beginning and re-write it until I love it.

    Visiting from L.G.'s blogfest - nice to meet you!

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    1. thank you.

      i'm the same when reading. if i'm not taken within those first pages i *have* to move on.

      so great meeting you! thanks for stopping by and i look forward to following your blog :)

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  4. Hopping by from the Beginnings Blogfest. I definitely feel a rocketing attraction to a story as I start it (and throughout its life) (and mine), but I'm a dirty girl, so I don't fall in love, but in lust. :-)

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  5. I second the sentiment of what a gorgeously written post. Your talent shines through even here. You have such a lyrical tone to your writing. I adore it.

    As for beginnings - I am smitten, head over heels, call me and leave me a message because I'm to busy to pick up the phone in LOVE with beginnings. *dreamy sigh*

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    1. awww...thanks lovely lady! *blushes some more*

      and i second your *dreamy sigh* over beginnings ;)

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  6. What a great post. I love beginnings. I love when I start my own beginning of a story (which usually gets changed at some point) and I love reading that moment when the path of the character changes. What started them on their journey - The End.

    What a cool blogfest.

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    1. thanks for reading jenny ;) and yes, interesting how those beginnings usually change once the story evolves.

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  7. I too LOVE that first hit of inspiration that gives you a new story idea. There's nothing quite so magical :) Nice post!

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    1. indeed! thanks for stopping by trisha :)

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  8. Sort of both. When I write, the beginnings usually suck. And I used to HATE the character I started my main WiP with.

    Later on, though, I understood him.

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    1. i love how we come to understand the characters as the story moves forward - so cool!

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