barbaric yawp

“Free up your mind. Use your imagination. Say the first thing that pops into your head, even if it’s total gibberish.”

There is a lot of craft to writing. There are countless technical elements to learn–basic grammar, for starters. How to achieve character development, what a story arch is, the debate between character-driven or plot-driven story telling, how to show rather than tell, all the trite, cliché things you shouldn’t have your characters do, all the rules you should never break and even how to successfully break the oldest, most sacred story telling rules and get away with it.

There is a science to writing, no doubt about it. But writers are more like mad scientists than anything else. To invoke inspiration, we have to open our minds. We have to free our imaginations. We have to be willing to write the first things that pop into our heads, even if it makes no sense.

Chase the rabbit. See where it goes.

That is both the most fun and most scary element of writing fiction. And the fun and danger are typically present at the same moment, which is what makes us like mad scientists. We’re spinning circles in the laboratories of our minds, gleefully mixing this test tube with that one and then holding the resulting volatile mixture directly over a bunsen burner because we just want to see what color the smoke will be.

But, speaking for myself, that’s when I tend to write my best stuff. And I only sometimes cackle maniacally while doing it.


About Ash Martin
Ash Martin writes dark fantasy and horror, has a thing for classic monster legends, Nordic mythology, coffee, and sarcasm, and is currently working on multiple books.

2 Responses to barbaric yawp

  1. Azevedo says:

    That was a truly wonderful and inspiring slice of cinema!


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