A friend recently sent me a snippet from an interview with a relatively young, published author (I believe she is about 30 years old, which in this business counts as young if you have published a few books) and the author was talking about how she writes. Rather than setting some daily word count or page goal, she simply writes when the desire and need to write overwhelms her. Then she writes insistently and continuously until whatever it is she is working on is done. She goes into something of a writer's hibernation and does not come out until the story is told. Then, she may not write anything for a few months.
It doesn't seem like many of us have this luxury of writing in an all-at-once fashion; we have kids to tend, work to do, responsibilities and monetary needs to fulfill, but there is a lesson that I think can be learned from this. So often, when I listen to others writers talk about the craft or I go to writers conferences and so on, I am always admonished, as is the rest of the audience, that we must write every day and that we must keep a daily journal. I do keep a journal, but it is far from daily, and I do write every day, that is how I earn my living, but I certainly don't work on my own pet projects every day. Instead, my writing comes in flashes and then fades and then comes back.
However, throughout I always feel the need to write. There is an insistent desire to tell my stories and to write and feel the words come from me and get plastered onto the page. I feel jelousy when I hear of other writers writing and I become depressed and difficult when I am not doing my own writing. So I sit down and do it and release the need for a bit and then it comes back. Hemingway described this process like a spring fed pond, take from it to water the page each day, but be sure to not run it dry and allow it to refill itself with a break. For Hemingway, he meant giving the writing a rest for the evening and not stopping at an end point, but mid stream so that when you come back there is still a tension on the page.
So I suppose it is necessary to understand how we write and how we allow the spring fed pond to refill itself.
Causes James Buchanan Supports
Expanding health care in the US, ending war as a viable tool of foreign policy, and issues related to social justice in general.