Re-Introducing the Hole in the Screen  

Seriously_Real 49M
1458 posts
5/5/2006 11:44 am

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Re-Introducing the Hole in the Screen

I have been a blessed man to be surrounded by so many good friends here in Blogville. Many of you have been around since the days of "Stick Figure" 'Boy, and some of you are brand-spanking new. (Spanking? Oohhh! DIRTY!)

Well, it's probably only fair that I explain a very important feature of this here blog: The Hole in the Screen.

For those of you who already know the background, you can skip this post. And for those of you who HAVE read it and STILL don't understand it (ATTN: [blog 1hotwahine]), you can read along with the newbies.

My literary hero is someone that many people will roll their eyes at, but those who have read every word he's ever written will know why he is my hero: Stephen King. Some of what he writes is beautifully written, some of it is simply a good yarn. But what sets King apart from everyone else is his ability to general little "nuggets" of original thought that are are so clever, so perfect, so fresh and so accesible that you just have to sometimes stand in awe of the breathtaking power of his creativity. That sounds like isn't. He's that far above anyone else I can think of, and because "originality" is one of the central tenets of my core being, I revere the man.

One of his greatest devices came in the book Misery, in which a writer was imprisoned by a crazy woman who would not let the writer kill off a beloved character. In the book, he writes and describes the process as "writing for his life." He sits at the typewriter and sees a gaping maw of a "hole in the page," a hole that will swallow him unless he is able to fill it with words.

Fill the hole with words, faster, more, feeding it, slaking its thirst, satisfying its hunger. That's what a writer with passion must do.

And so it is that I come to this blog from time to time, and I have a burning need to write something -- something that is on my mind, something that I am internally compelled to write, something that will torment me and swallow me unless I am able to fill the hole in the "screen" or "monitor" of my computer with the words it demands.

Thus, the Hole in the Screen. It calls to me, and I must obey.

I have no choice. If you write as I do, you know whereof I speak. Denying what is demanded of me will only increase the stress, and I can only deny the Hole for so long in any event. For this reason, then, I have stopped fighting it, and now I write as the Hole commands.

I am sure this sounds like a tongue-in-cheek post, but I assure you that on this one, I'm being serious. It is just how I am. I must write what demands to be written, and just hope you all understand.

Okay, lesson over. As you were....

--Seriously (hoping I don't sound too loony)

rm_LoyalCumpany 47M
3204 posts
5/5/2006 11:51 am

I remember his saying that, and I know the feeling well. Too bad it's not a knothole...

I am JoJo the Circus Boy!

Seriously_Real replies on 5/6/2006 9:39 am:
Dude, I know you're horny, but geez....a knothole? Seriously? Sigh. We gotta find you something animate...

EroticaXTC 51F

5/5/2006 12:04 pm

I love Stephen King for those same reasons...He's just a man above his time...seemingly

I'm just glad you aren't trying to fill the hole in my face

Seriously_Real replies on 5/6/2006 9:40 am:
And for some reason I am terribly sad that you are glad. Go figure...sigh. (Glad you like SK)

southrnpeach333 51F

5/5/2006 12:20 pm

There are some things, words, phrases that I have to put on paper. It is not a choice and I never question it. I just do it. I have a box filled with them.

Seriously_Real replies on 5/5/2006 12:22 pm:
*resists urge to make naughty 'hole in your box' comment*

wickedeasy 68F  
30939 posts
5/5/2006 12:27 pm

finally someone who loves King like i do - not just for the gotcha writing that won't let you put the book down but for those moments of inspired philosopy

i have 39 years of journals - grins - so i know the need - and until lately filled in only in private - am finding blogging rather intimidating still

You cannot conceive the many without the one.

Seriously_Real replies on 5/6/2006 9:42 am:
Wicked--I know you're new to this, so you may not know that the actual title of My Sweetie's blog is "The Journal I want to keep." The reason is she has also always kept a journal, and burned them when done. I told her when we first met that I wish for her a journal filled with things that she'd like to remember and not burn. And thus her blog.

I wish the same for you, sweetie.

ArgosPlumyKooky 46F
3902 posts
5/5/2006 12:45 pm

i understand . . . see i even use my typewriter here . . . oh and what of the edits and re-edits. . . this writing, it pulls me . . . i like S.K. btw, too. loony. . .lol, have you been to my blog lately? that'll cure ya of thinking you're loony i promise.

Seriously_Real replies on 5/6/2006 9:42 am:
I dig the snatch. I so very much dig the snatch. And the typewriter you use is PERFECT. It so very...very....stark. Like the snatch.

rm_1hotwahine 64F
21091 posts
5/5/2006 1:15 pm

I was having a Vanna moment. Apologies.

Yeah, I'm still [blog 1hotwahine]

Seriously_Real replies on 5/6/2006 9:43 am:
I've heard tell that you have blonde highlights...

ArtisticTwist75 42F
2505 posts
5/5/2006 2:16 pm

Finally, I feel like a smart woman. I remembered that phrasing well and knew exactly what you were talking about. Yay me.

When I finished Misery it was 3:00 in the morning, every light in my apartment was on and I was curled up in the closet hiding. Talk about a good writer.


Seriously_Real replies on 5/6/2006 9:44 am:
"Finally"? Oh, please. You know how to use cool fonts and I don't.

That book didn't scare me as much as it enthralled me with a peek into the mind of a writer. Wow. Loved it.

absolutelynormal 57F
6563 posts
5/5/2006 3:02 pm

SK is one of my favorite writers. He is so sensual and I don't mean that in a sexual tone at all, well some of his stuff is sexual but most of it isn't. When I read SK, I can see, smell, taste, hear and feel whatever he's writing about. He makes his subject matter come to life, no matter what or who it is.

I know how you feel, the hole in my screen calls to me too. It doesn't always call for the same thing though. I like writing stories and they just don't sell here unless there is sex involved. Oh well, readers loss. Mac'll just write whatever she wants, which is just as it should be.

Seriously_Real replies on 5/5/2006 4:17 pm:
IT IS ABSOFUCKINGLUTELY UNTRUE that it doesn't "sell" here to write stories that are not erotic. Not true in the least. I do not personally like erotic tales, and there's plenty of great writers of stories around. The best, in my humble-but-accurate opinion is [blog sj365]. If you haven't read her blog, set aside some time because you'll want to take the time to do it. Valley has some great stuff; I sometimes writes stuff. [blog 1hotwahine] also does stories from time to time.

Point is, these blogs are NOT always about sex, and it is sex less and less. Please, please, please write what you feel. That's the only thing that Blogville asks.

*steps down off soapbox*

sexyariesgirl 58F

5/5/2006 4:21 pm

I occasionally suffer from the "HOLE SYNDROME" I understand! Loony?? nahhhh just a blog addict like the rest of us! lol...but honestly I do understand the compelling need to get certain things "out". And I always feel so much better when I's why I'm so glad I found the blogs!

Power To FOK

Seriously_Real replies on 5/6/2006 9:47 am:
I know what you mean, Aries, of course, and I'm glad you found the blogs. Keep going!

TheRealThing655 49F
9558 posts
5/5/2006 5:17 pm

Of course we understand. You have a great gift. I feel your thoughts and actions in your words. You have a great power to do that. And you have the ability to be very deep, profound, and also very funny when you want to. Your writing brings all your passion and feelings to the surface. What would Blogville be without you? I know I'll never get "fluff" from you...ummmm, well, except the last Fuckchop post

Seriously_Real replies on 5/6/2006 9:50 am:
That is incredibly sweet of you to say, Thing. I honestly just write most of the time with no filter. I was gifted (and cursed) with more expressiveness than a man should have, so I suppose it is different. We all wish we could get better and be better, and right now I think I'm FINALLY getting where I want consistently. And that includes fluff from time to time.

But you haven't LIVED until you see me go off on a rant. Ask My Unwendy Justa about that sometime....

chasingfun27 39M
1108 posts
5/5/2006 6:05 pm

The 'Hole in the Screen' commands me? Thats a wicked idea - one I may have to appropriate for my defence in any upcoming criminal trial.

Seriously_Real replies on 5/6/2006 9:51 am:
Yeah, but then you'll have to explain the origins, and where you heard about it, and....oh, right. Okay. Yeah. They'll think you're crazy for sure.

8337 posts
5/5/2006 7:15 pm

You'll get over the plateau soon enough...

I go through the same thing, but I don't post when I'm getting "writer's block".

I post when I'm in the moment, otherwise it's forced and that just isn't me.


"My every move is a calculated step, to bring me closer to embrace an early death." -Tupac Shakur

Seriously_Real replies on 5/6/2006 9:52 am:
Being blocked for me isn't the same as obeying the Hole. In fact, when I fight the Hole it usually causes TOO MUCH to write. As for blockage...well, yeah. I can't write then. And it is much better to not force it. When you force it, everyone can tell.

frangipanigal 46F
10406 posts
5/5/2006 7:56 pm

"Looney" is nearly as good as "Perky".

Just came to say thanks for the kiss at your gorgeous gals Party! Now if I can just get Disaster to pucker up..hehe!!

L.M.N. x

Seriously_Real replies on 5/6/2006 9:52 am:
if you ever come stateside my guess is she'll pucker up and more for you....just a guess....(gawd I'm so bad.)

EroticaXTC 51F

5/6/2006 9:59 am

with WORDS, SR, with words!!!

Seriously_Real replies on 5/6/2006 10:09 am:
Ah, okay. Much better. Yes, I will not put my words in the hole in your face. (But I really do have big words, and they can sometimes be very sweet, but also a tad salty at times. Sometimes I must even admit they're bitter, but I'd never put them in you mouth when they were. (Where the fuck am I going with this? Line! LINE!))

woofff 42F

5/7/2006 5:24 am

Have read Different Seasons, Seriously? its awesome, especially The Body.

Loved your blog!!!!


Seriously_Real 49M

5/9/2006 7:24 am

    Quoting woofff:
    Have read Different Seasons, Seriously? its awesome, especially The Body.

    Loved your blog!!!!

Thank you, Woofff. Of course I read Different Seasons. All of those were great stories....they made a fantastic movie called "Stand By Me" out of The of the best ever.

He's the best when he is writing about childhood. Wonderful touching things.

And thanks. Come back again, k?

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