Want to write? It’s like digging a ditch.
February 8, 2018
When we begin scattering words for a new novel, we are working strictly for ourselves, and we have mean bosses.
I recently read an article written by a mystery writer.
His name doesn’t matter.
Neither does the name of his hero.
He said, “I finally decided it was time to sit down and write. The story had been running around in my head for a year and a half. I had the plot all worked out in my mind. I knew who would be murdered. I knew who did it and why he did it. I was ready to put it all on paper.”
I read his words again.
I thought I must have read them wrong.
My immediate thought was this: Who wants to sit around and think about a story for a year and a half?
By then, I would be too bored with the story to write it.
There is no mystique to writing a book.
You pull up a chair in front of your word machine and spill words onto a blank screen.
Write the first word, the first sentence, the first paragraph, the first page, and you’re off and running.
You write one word at a time.
Some words you like.
Some you don’t.
You delete the words you don’t like, and you write again.
It’s not unlike digging a ditch.
One shovel full of dirt at a time.
One word at a time.
But here’s the difference.
Shovels filled with dirt may kill you all right.
But they don’t talk back.
They don’t fall in and out of love.
They don’t travel to other planets.
And a vampire has never nuzzled their necks.
They have no necks.
They’re shovels full of dirt, for God’s sakes.
Writing is not mystical.
It’s hard work.
It’s demanding work.
We work for ourselves, and we have mean bosses.
We don’t sit around, trading witticisms with our muses, and think about a book for a year and a half.
We can have three or four novels, maybe more, written in a year and a half.
We simply start with words.
We end with words.
We collect words.
We scatter words as we go along.
Connect enough of them together, and you have a book.
Writers can be defined only one way.
We play word games.
And we don’t have a minute to waste.
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