Saturday, October 21, 2006
I write because.... um......
Actually... now I'm thinking about it, there are those in between. Those who enjoy the planning and the writing of the first draft. And those (and I'm seriously struggling to empathise here) who love the revision process more than anything.
So when my father asked me today if I enjoyed writing... I said... of course, or I wouldn't do it.
But, whether I enjoy the whole process is debatable. Wherever I am in the process, I'm anxious to get to the next bit because I think I'll enjoy that more. So, when I'm planning I can't wait to write. When I'm writing, I can't wait to get to the end and go through and revise. When I'm revising I can't wait to start my next one.... and so it goes on.
And now I've sold, I can't wait for my cover, and I guess then it will be the publication date, then the royalties.....
I suspect this says more about me than anything else. I'm an impatient, short attention spanned person - a perfect fit for someone wanting a career as a writer, hahahaha.
How do you feel about writing????
I usually hugely enjoy the writing of. I love/hate when I get to the End, and overall love going back layering in and editing wherever. Does this mean I love everything about writing, not sure, because some days I SO HATE having to open up my document I've been known to plug the iron in instead.
Come over here and lie down on the couch.... let's talk about this a little more and see what we can do to help the situation.
Seriously, I think every book is different - some are so easy and joyful and light and then others feel like you are dragging them through a bush. Backwards.
I love everything about it. I love setting my own hours, and commuting ten feet to my desk. I love getting to make stuff up for a living. I love composing my acknowledgments, and how grateful they make me feel. I love coming up with new ideas. I think the only thing that's really hard for me is the uncertainty. Nothing is a given . . .your career, yur royalties, nothing. You really have to love it to put up with that and the whole "waiting for an answer" thing with your agent and so on.