People who feel the most and deepest become writers. ~ Karen Kingsbury I read it, I memorise it, I recite it over and over to myself. It becomes my motto. And I write. When I write a story, I divide myself into a dozen pieces. Then, I slowly transform each piece into a character of one of my stories. When all of the characters come together, there I am. Writing is the way I say what I feel, the way I voice my opinions, my hopes, my dreams. It's the only way I know how. They become the feelings, opinions, hopes, and dreams of the characters in my story. For awhile, I can become lost in my story, writing something worth being read. But then... I lose it, and the last part I've written just dies. It loses it's originality - becomes a cheap copy of someone else's story line. Writing is like an engine. All the parts must be just so and placed in exactly the right spot or it won't run smoothly, if at all. One tiny little part placed incorrectly will throw the whole engine off. Sure, the rest of it is good, but "it only takes one klinker to make the whole thing clank." I delete the klinker and walk away from the writing, intending to work on it later. But I never get to it. Soon, it becomes buried in the Literary Graveyard located deep in the heart of my computer, following, and to be followed by, countless others. And my motto changes. My life is a perfect graveyard of buried hopes now. ~ Anne Shirely, Anne of Green Gables Because, when my stories die, they take all of those little pieces of me with them. The feelings, the opinions, the hopes, and the dreams. The cycle is endless. It happens over and over and over again. Dead Writing ~ What Can You Do?