Killing my Creative Buzz

blackcrowI’ve always been fascinated with words.  I love to twist and turn them until I have created something completely unrecognizable that is uniquely my own.  But since I have started this course, I have felt the slow disintegration of my creative buzz.

Wait; let me fix that.

I’ve always been fascinated with words (words? You mean English? Be clear).  I love to twist and turn them (unnecessary information, tells me nothing) until I have created something completely unrecognizable that is uniquely my own (if it is your own then it is obviously unique).  But (never start a sentence with ‘but’) since I have started this course, I have felt the slow disintegration (how else is disintegration?) of my creative buzz (is buzz necessary? It creates clutter).

My writing is said to be cluttered and maybe it is but that clutter is my creativity. I can’t talk like this. I can’t write like this. I can’t make things simple. I hate noun + verb +adjective!

Don’t get me wrong. It many ways, I’m glad I’m taking a course that is so out of my comfort zone. If I never break my barriers I can’t expect to improve the types of writing I do like. Still, I struggle between the two classes. I go to Journalism class and try to be an objective, professional writer. I go to Creative Writing, just a few hours later, and am told to open my mind and embrace negative capability.

A big part of me wants to re write this entire piece to make it something witty and simple and surely ten-point worthy. But another part of me wants to throw away these prescriptive rules of language and simply communicate with passion.

I wonder which one will win.

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2 responses to “Killing my Creative Buzz

  1. I love this blog!!!! I feel exactly the same way! bravo!

  2. Content: 4 Good airing of your frustrations. Like it. Writing — as I have said before — is hard work. There are yes, lovely moments of luminosity and ecstatic creativity. But usually when you go back and read what you wrote in those moments of brilliance, it’s never as good as you remembered it. It needs editing to get even half-way there.

    Great writers — creative or otherwise are almost never satisfied with their prose.

    Journalism can be terrifically creative. Not in the facts, but in the telling. Online, creating multimedia packages involves boundless imagination and tech know-how. It’s fun. You can get a great buzz. (By the way, buzz is not redundant, creative is!!)
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