Friday, December 18, 2009
A Writer Writes Always....
Quiz: Who can tell me the name of the movie that line comes from?
Here's a hint.
Okay, so here's what I'm learning so far about this "writing for a living" thing. Well, okay, perhaps calling it "writing for a living" is putting the cart three miles before the horse, but a girl can dream, yo.
Lessons learned thus far:
1. When the words hit me, I am sometimes not in a position to stop everything and write. For example, a kid's chorus concert, riding in the car to run some errand, in the middle of a classic film, or when my hands are covered in flour because the baking bug has bitten me. I do, as suggested by The Cracker Queen, carry around writing implements and a notebook to capture lines, ideas, whatnot for later, but damn it all, it does irritate me when all the sudden I feel inspired or need to write and I can't.
2. The story comes to me in fits and starts, but the best part is when I am writing it with a general idea, but the details start flowing and dots start connecting as I write and I don't feel like I actually planned it out, but it works.
3. I am still not sure if the novel is two stories or one. It's semi-autobiographical and I wonder if I should pull some pieces out for some kind of nonfiction work later. It's making me a little crazier than usual and sometimes I just have to set it aside and think. And that's just dangerous.
MathMan has continued to encourage me to finish it first, then tinker. I agree. As I near the end, I find the self-doubt more troublesome, but not insurmountable.
4. I am often more in the mood to read than write. Carol of Kimonomomo had the pleasure of meeting the author Julie Powell a couple of weeks ago. She went to a reading and book signing for Ms. Powell's newest book Cleaving. I was touched when she sent me the book with high praise. "I thought of you immediately." I think is pretty much what she said. Now, I am torn, torn, torn because I want to finish my novel and I want to read Cleaving straight through.
Ah, to be troubled by such trivial matters when the world is exploding around us.....