It's hard to describe how the writing days have been going. I've been out sick so I've not been typing. That doesn't mean I've not been writing.
In the beginning, my writing process was about sitting down and putting words in order in a computer or on a piece of paper. More often now, I do much writing in my head, phantom writing as some call it.
I also have internal conversations with the characters, books, stories and plots. I think about where I think they're going and the sequence of action and intended direction, and they correct me. So this sick period of writing was often existential conversation with ideas existing in my mind trying to establish their venue of authenticity. Say what? Really.
Thinking of writing and the greater process of writing thinking calls for me to ponder my favorite writing movies.
- Wonder Boys
- Stranger Than Fiction
- Let's Throw Momma From the Train
All of these presented the writer coping with getting the book out of them and dealing with the surreal effects on life that writing can cause in real life. Wonder Boys features a stunted writer trying to find his voice again. Adaptation sees a self-loathing writer battle writer's block and grapple with creating a screenplay from a novel. Stranger Than Fiction delighted me, with a person awakening to discover they're a character in a book and then seeking the author in order to change their destiny, with the writer's voice audible in the character's head as she copes with writing the book. Misery has a best selling author trying to remake his writing career confronted by a fan who likes it as it is, thanks, and does her best to stop him from ending her favorite character's life. Let's Throw Momma From the Train deals with a novelists & professor whose wife was a out of the door debut bestseller of the book he claimed to write, and now faces writing struggles, either alleviated or abetted by his student's efforts to write fiction.
The books show writers writing and struggling with writing. We walk, we write, we talk, we write, we think, we write - there is little separation between everything we do and writing. Writing is a sea that laps and crashes over everthing that we do and think. There are no borders.
So while I was sick, I didn't edit or revise or add words to paper. But my characters and I had great conversations, creating a lovely chemistry of what's to be done when I next write like crazy.
Writing like crazy is the only way to write.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com