Going for the Jugular

I once had a writing student tell me she wrote for ½ hour straight and when she was done, her writing scared the hell out of her!

Writing can be scary. It can be painful. It can be a lot of things, and good writing can be all of these things. I think because writing is about letting go and going for the jugular – a thing that fiction writers do over and over again, revealing their secret, unfinished business.

Which brings me to wonder? Have you ever written about something you never told anyone before? You know – where you wrote straight through, not stopping to edit, just letting go and going for the jugular?

Try it, and see if you get scared!

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2 thoughts on “Going for the Jugular

  1. I’ve been known to write for 3, 4 or more hours at a time, but I have to edit and polish and refine as I go. Would be interesting to see if I could handle “stream of consciousness” writing. Would be interesting to see …

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