Why I hate writing in narrative

Critical Gestures | AnnDalyWriter.com

Critical Gestures | AnnDalyWriter.com

Last night I attended a creative writing prompt group, for the first time ever, via MeetUp.com. It was my one-writerly-activity-for-the-week, a variation on Julia Cameron’s weekly artist’s date.

I was astonished, just astonished, did I say astonished?, how the storytelling just flowed out of my companions. My first prompt response was okay, the second dreadful, and by the third I decided to punt. I started this list: “Why I hate writing in narrative”:

  1. It takes too long.
  2. It distracts from the sentence.
  3. I can’t do it.
  4. It hurts my brain trying to do it.
  5. Where are the ideas?
  6. Real people make way more interesting prompts.
  7. It doesn’t require me to dig deeper into myself.
  8. I prefer the logical imperative to the sequential imperative.

2 Responses to Why I hate writing in narrative

  1. Tiffany February 7, 2015 at 4:30 am #

    I feel the same! Once I realized this I began to rethink my my children’s story. I’m looking for the sweet spot between the message and the delivery.

    • Ann Daly February 7, 2015 at 10:28 am #

      Yes, the “sweet spot,” Tiffany! That’s a great way to say it. For me, it’s the structure. Once I figure out the structure of a piece of writing, then I can get going on the project.

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