Think wrongly, if you please, but in all cases think for yourself. – Doris Lessing

Go forth into the unknown, explore the caves of your unconscious, fear not your “dark side,” find the gold.

— Robin Hoffman (@AuthorAlchemy)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Blown Away by What I Wrote

YESTERDAY I REREAD one of the treatments I wrote during my treatment blitz last December/January.

I was planning to show it to the person I'll be collaborating with on a new screenplay idea, so I just wanted to make sure it was readable enough to make sense. We'll be working in the same genre—sci-fi/fantasy/metaphysical—so it would be a writing sample to show what I can do with that genre.

Instead of a business-like interlude where I focused on whether the writing sample was ready to go, I ended up being blown away by the story itself.

For sure, there are some things about the treatment that need brushing up—do a little research; add some dialogue—but the story itself was titanic. And while I could recognize my own learning experiences in the details, the theme of healing with love overtook me with a depth of emotion that goes beyond the act of storytelling.

I remember now that was how I felt while I was writing it. I was surging with goose bumps during certain parts, and at the end I was weeping.

After reading it yesterday, several hours passed before I felt normal again. The emotions were almost too intense to wish I could stay in them, even though it felt like I'd been touched by the divine.

This story is so much bigger than me. I think it came from somewhere else. I was just the willing vessel.

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Milli Thornton (aka Milliver) is the author of Fear of Writing: for writers & closet writers. She is owner of the Fear of Writing Online Course, where her mission is to put the fun back into writing. Milli blogs at Milliver's Travels and the Fear of Writing Blog and coaches writers individually at Writer's Muse Coaching Service.

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