It's probably lame of me to break my blogging silence with a Harry Potter (ish) post... but I am me, so thus it is so. Did that sentence make sense? Nope. Annnnnyway. I have lots of thoughts in my head, but first things first:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JK ROWLING AND DEAR HARRY JAMES POTTER! Woot!!!
Okay, let's just talk about JKR for a second. I mean, really, she is completely brilliant. I am in awe of her ability to create such a magnificent tale that has so much imagination. I also love her use of detail, foreshadowing, and alliteration ("Snape spat", "Snape sneered". She loves to use them with Snape). She created a world that has been thrilling for me for so many years already, and I'm sure will continue to be for the rest of my life.
I marvel at not only her, but any author who has the patience to write an entire book, let alone many books. I dream of one day writing a book of my own, but these days whenever I try, all I get down is an idea before getting distracted and forgetting about it.
That's the thing, though - I have all these ideas, but I have a hard time articulating them in an organized manner. I also feel like I can't ever expand the ideas. How do people expand ideas into books!? I guess part of my problem is that I want an entire book to just explode out of me in one sitting. And while I have done that very thing with papers for school (some successful, others not so much), I realize a book takes much more work than that. An author whom I adore, Sarah Dessen, often talks about her writing process: it takes her a year or more to write a book, and she works on it every single day. It doesn't just come out all at once.
Ah, I don't know. These are just some things I've been thinking about. I actually do feel I have some interesting stories to tell here, and I really do want to tell them. I don't want to do it for praise or recognition, but purely because I think writing is not only valuable, but cathartic and a good way for me to explore my feelings, thoughts, and ideas. So, I'm giving myself a new goal: write down my ideas somewhere as soon as they strike, even if it's just a one sentence reminder to try to expand them later. And who knows, maybe I'll blog more because of it! Like I always say - no promises, but we'll see how it goes.
P.S. This post isn't really about Harry Potter, is it? Oh well. :)