Monday, October 11, 2010
Writing is like. . .
I started my fifth novel this weekend. Fifth full one as we all have some half-starts filed away. I am hoping this one won’t find its way to the never-gets-finished drawer.
I don’t think it will because I have spent too much time planning it out. And I don’t usually do that but I wanted to implement all that I’ve learned from the first four into this one.
If we work at it, our writing should improve.
Then one day—hopefully—someone besides my sweet husband will think the same way and offer me hope that my fiction might be good enough for more than a handful of people to read.
But until that moment happens, a new story has taken root in my brain and won’t let me go. I see the opening scene, I smell it, and I hear it.
I read in a book on writing by Elizabeth Berg that writing a novel should be like tying your shoes. Without thought—just sit down and let your story come out.
I think maybe I’m almost there. At least I can make a knot.
What is writing like to you?