Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Process

My roommates and I went to the waterfront a few hours ago, and we only just got back. It was beautiful-- the weather was that perfect late spring night (I mean, it felt like it was late spring, even though it's totally not. But, I mean, really it's better because there aren't any bugs out!) The lake was totally still, so that you could see the reflections of the boats, buoys, logs, and everything else on the water. So, I started to get a little inspired, which was awesome since I've been going through a bit of a writer's block lately. I just don't know where to go with my ideas, and when I do I don't know how to write them down. I've been kind of doubting my writing ability lately. That's probably not helping.

Anyway, though, as I was walking along the water front, I saw everything, felt, breathed everything. And I wanted to write it all down, so that I wouldn't forget it all as I'm so often apt to do. Of course, I hadn't thought to bring any of my journals with me. I just had to try to absorb everything I could, and remember it. Luckily only about ten minutes later, they wanted to go to The Hilton to use the bathroom. I went to the front desk and asked if I could nab a piece of paper and a pen (I still have the pen) and started madly scribbling down everything I could think of. Here it is, in its full (okay, not actually full. This is only about the first half), unedited, awful glory:

"pale grey wood on water
still black
limbs of wood crossing, up down, a jungle of limbs
plane going by, still light in the sky
echos of life footsteps
immobilized swings
fingers burn with cold (metal railings)
log floating, plank of wood floating, tree floating
sounds of maybe voices
black gaps under rocks-- someone could live there
no bugs
street lights
sarcasticish, wonderish teenage girl-- alone?
fantasizing about what could be, wondering what is, afraid of footsteps
pregnancy? prolly not.
dirt on knees of jeans and hands
cars passing
telescope with smiles
barren secret garden behind buildings
heart gasping through your throat"

So, yeah, I'm planing on writing a story from that. Hopefully it'll be up by Monday? I mean, assuming it works out and everything.


  1. Aww I like this!!!!! <3 You'll create something magical of this, you always do. <3

    Plus, now you've had the night time and the day time experience at the waterfront. Perhaps maybe something will come from it?!

  2. <3 I love you so much Ashley and I love your creative process! So glad that our trip to the waterfront could free you from writer's block :) It was a very good time and I can't wait to read what comes out of it <3