So, it’s Sunday afternoon. It’s been a great day so far; beautiful sunny weather, with a nice cool breeze to accompany it. I don’t really have a set topic today, but I’m determined to get back on to my proposed scheme of post-every-sunday which was interrupted so savagely by my net failing for the past two weeks.
It’s funny how it’s on beautiful days like this, when I’m out on a walk feeling great and involved with life, that I most want to write. It’s when I’m observing something on a great day, when there’s a particular striking feeling or image, that I most want to replicate life by putting words down on a page and conversely, when I’m least able to do it. Writing, for me then, is a struggle to hold onto that elusive, somewhat euphoric feeling, wrestle it home and infuse it into my work.
I have some particular processes; I can’t work when I’m emotional to any great degree, I generally have to be blank as I struggle to recreate that feeling I mentioned. I’m writing this in response to a post I just came across, which reflects a position I’ve always felt set me apart (in a bad way) – basically, I’ve always found it hard to just write. To sit down mechanically and just blurt out 500-1000 words every day. I need some inspiration to strike me, I need to want it and to actively be going after something specific. When the times in-between these “inspired” bouts of writing become too drawn out, I do try and spark something myself, but I don’t do it often at all. Which is one of the reasons I’ve always looked askance upon Nanowrimo.
Having said that, I can perform well under pressure – university has proven that to me, that I can write to deadlines within reasonable limits. And last year I gave Nanowrimo a go and was able to produce 20,000 words that weren’t all that bad either, so from time to time, like I said, I try different things and it seems to work okay. One thing I realised a while back is that there’s no point in listening to someone else’s methods, no matter how famous they are, because the process is different for everyone.
How does it work for you?
In some unrelated but awesome news: Season 4 of Mad Men has begun and it’s as great now as it ever was, simply stellar stuff. And the first episode of Sherlock, the new, modern take on the old story, is out and was very promising and quite good. Those are both shows you should keep an eye out for. Also, I only recently completed viewing of the absolutely great miniseries Jekyll, which you *must* see if you haven’t. It’s superb sci-fi writing coupled with great performances, especially by James Nesbitt, who effectively blew my mind. He was incredibly terrifying…his teeth…*shudders*
I’ve also been continuing with the truly fantastic comics of Fables and Preacher, both of which, for mine, are the best ongoing series I’ve come across in this format. Great stuff.
Next on the reading list: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
And that’s a general wrap on a general post about what I’m thinking/doing generally…:P