I've been thinking about the differences about the sorts of writing that I do.
Really, you reply. You've been thinking? How unusual. You never think. And now you're going to post about it? Wow, are you on drugs?
To which I answer, smart ass.
Anyway, I've been thinking. I tend to post several times a day. Most of these posts seize on something and just spill out. They require little resources, but just bubble out. Of course, I do little checking on facts, grammar, logic or spelling. It's all 'what I think is what you get.' That makes them quite effortless, and they're enormously useful for me to cut through the chatter in my head.
Business writing is similar. The topic is defined; I have opinions, thought and facts. If they're not available, I just bullshit with authority, elsewhere known as BWA. Operating instructions, procedures, process, work instructions, manufacturing process validation instructions, business cases, whatever, all are fairly easily accomplished. I spend little time thinking on the actual content and structure of these things. Time is required to type it all up, though, but just pull the string and let me go.
Someone reading that last reference may not understand it but there used to be devices, often toys, which were enabled by pulling a string. A spring is wound up when you pull the string. Releasing the string then released the energy, enabling the device to do simple mechanical tasks. Think of it as pushing a button to engage a motor, or clicking a mouse on an application to initiate a software routine.
Essays? No problem. I can give you an essay. It may not water your eyes but you'll be satisfied.
But fiction is more challenging. I need greater focus and concentration to write fiction. I engage more of myself writing fiction. I delve into other places and lives.
Sometimes the characters are quite engaging and accommodating. They just take off, speaking with their own authority and directing the plot and story, helping me easily see the scenes. Other times, especially those on the dark side, require deeper efforts. My dark side is not easily accessible; I've worked for years to keep it buried. Writing and accessing it requires conscious thinking about doing so.
But the fiction process is the most fun of these writing types. Maybe it's because it's such a greater challenge.
Then there's poetry. Poetry complete eludes my grasp. It's a challenge beyond my brain's functions. Math and computers, no problem. NFL rules? I can struggle through them. Poetry?
For that reason, I consider poetry the most advanced form of writing and admire those who can write poetry. Poems are extremely hard to me. Yes, I said extremely. I suspect I would require years of study before attempting to write poetry.
I won't get into sonnets and haiku. I know they exist....
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com