While I was writing up an email to a good friend last Friday, I have discovered some additional things about my writing endeavour that I decided to post part of it here.
Though I've been into writing for years now, but STOS was and is my first "substantial" project. The last few years, I wrote bits and pieces of unfinished draft with no particular focus or theme. Probably what has been happening was that I was practicing "to be creative". Note here, I'm talking about practicing being creative, NOT practicing writing.
I've always enjoyed writing. But most of them are like writing down what's happening in my life and my respond to it, i.e. personal journal. It's only til I started university I began to write stories. Writing stories is totally different to personal journal. With personal journal, the writing is easy and there are no rules or structure you need to follow. After all you just write down what you're feeling or seeing etc.
But with story writing, hence called creative writing, the writer is required to come up with characters, settings, plots etc. This also means that the writer is required to use h/her imagination to create stories. That is what I called "practicing being creative".
From all those years of learning and practicing to be creative, I was ready for a "real" project. It's only now, after writing STOS for 5 months and from blogging about that experience, I realized all of these. I'm not sure if I should laugh or cry or both! But I'm glad I have come to this realization.
Fellow creatives, do you think I'm making any sense of above?