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Don’t think.
Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.

~ Ray Bradbury

I feel like this is what is going on with my short story writing lately. I overthink and plan rather than follow Ray’s advice (Meet a character and then just follow along on his adventures.) Instead, I tend to lock characters into timelines and plots, which most likely bore them to death and they then run off to find another writer who will allow them to live fun and interesting lives.

NO! Try not!

Do or do not. There is no try.

~Yoda
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So that is my goal for the rest of the month. To stop forcing plots on to perfectly nice characters. Also, to stop planning stories so much and just writing them. In his writing book, Papa Ray talks about leaping out of bed to write with a crazed joy. That is too much happiness in the morning. I would settle for caffeinated contentment.
But on the other hand, here I am on my blog, overthinking things.