The Writer’s Trust


Trust: reliance on the integrity, strength, ability; confidence

There is a trust when we write, one that comes from the story. It is a truth. Something that tells us the story is write. This same thing can be what stops us from writing. This same trust is what can cause Writer’s Block. It is this trust in our writing, this absolute trust that makes us the writer’s we are.

We are the creators of stories. Whether they are for film, page or otherwise. It is this trust in ourselves and in our gift that will not steer us wrong. I haven’t trusted my gift lately. I thought I had to write something and the trust was broken. The writer’s trust told me to write one thing while something else told me to write something else.

I am not paid to write and after these last two months of struggling with the story I know what not to do when I am. Don’t break the trust. Let the writing flow, stopping the flow breaks the trust. The trust is between you and your muse.

Whatever makes you write is your muse. If it’s music, that’s your muse. If it is reading, that is your muse. It goes with everything. I’m not talking about plagiarism. I’m not about inspiration. There is a big difference. If your see a story on the news that inspires you, write about it. If you see a movie about a topic you care about, write about it, but don’t break the trust once you start writing. Don’t stop writing it just because you see a shiny new story. Finish the first story and keep the trust you forged with your muse.

This trust is a sacred thing. Give it life, let it breath. Listen to music that the character/s would listen to. Read something that the character/s may read. If you write science fiction, watch Blade Runner…again.

Build a rapport with your trust, never let it down. Always finish the story and you will be a better writer for it. The writer’s trust is the most important thing we can do for our creations. Never break that trust. Finish the story.

Bri

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3 Responses to The Writer’s Trust

  1. Chet Atkins once said the most important thing was to finish the song.

    I agree: fiction must show the truth and never lie to the reader.

    Dr. Tom Bibey, “The Mandolin Case”

    • BB_Baker says:

      Chet Atkins, one of the best guitar players that ever lived. You must never lie to the reader. Fiction must show the truth as the writer knows it to be. Otherwise we are a bunch of charlatans telling lies. Thanks for your comments. Makes me want to get some of my Chet Atkins records out!

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