Another one of those lovely buzz words that make you want to weep over your shiny laptop.
I definitely put it up there with Voice, as an undefinable term. And just like voice, it's ever so important.
Well, for me I've been pondering 'flow' since I began to 'try' and 'write' my first chapter for a competition (due THIS Saturday - eek!). It's only 3,000 words and I'm roughly half way there, but I'm just not happy with it. There are moments of flow, don't get me wrong (or maybe this is voice?) - but then there are parts where it feels like I've made a mistake playing the piano - I've included too many beats in the bar and everything sounds obvious, flat and amateurish.
To hear 'Flow', you have to read your work aloud (or in your head). When the Flow is gone, you see the words on the page. You remember you're reading writing and awake from the spell. My writing reads like writing - it does not read like a story.
I equate this with - if it looks easy to do, it's been done right, while my writing looks like I worked it to death.
(God, I hope the judges don't read this).
Anyhoo I'm not a perfectionist normally. But I think I'm really starting to be one when it comes to the auld writing. Which isn't necessarily bad, but is driving me absolutely nuts because nothing seems good enough.
Definitely amateur sums it up.
So i think there is a hard slog in front of my Ladies and Gents, because I might be sorta able to write but am I able to tell a story?
So, Santa, if you're listening - I'd really like to be a professional writer/storyteller for Christmas :) and maybe throw in a literary agent and publishing deal too while your at it :)
Thanks for listening to my moaning!