Saturday, 2 January 2010
A Writing 101 Production - Part 3 Writing Resolutions
So...RESOLUTION (REZӘ-L-ŌŌ'SHӘN) from a writer's perspective....
And the interesting news, brought straight from a Chambers dictionary near you, is that nowhere can I find any actual definition reference to new starts.
Act of resolving
TV picture definition (Yep. I resolve to fix that sometime. Not.)
State of being resolved
and loads of chemically-related bits which are all very well in their way, I'm sure, but not deeply germane to the subject in hand. (Which is writing, in case you'd forgotten that already, what with the New Year hangover and all.) And then there are these.
Removal of or freedom from doubt
Now we're getting somewhere. As a writer, I need a lot of fixed determination. Writing a book is, to be frank, BLOODY EXHAUSTING. No one believes this. I mean, how tiring can it be MAKING THINGS UP for a living? Well, let me tell you, at the end of a normal writing day which I've spent wrestling with a recalcitrant dragon (werewolf, owl or insert real or mythical creature of choice here), wrangling my stroppy teenage characters (like herding cats), killing people (entirely for the sake of my plot, you understand--I take no pleasure in it), or any of the thousand other jobs I ask my imagination to tackle I AM KNACKERED and my brain is mushed to baked beans. So yes, I'll take as much fixed determination as I can get to get the job done. Apart from anything else I need it to combat the Horrible Procrastination Disease, which is the curse of all those writers who work on their own in a small, cold room and are tempted away from the task in hand by the siren calls of Facebook or Twitter, or the lures of a nice hot cup of Earl Grey tea and a strawberry shortcake biscuit. (Me? Who said anything about me?)
As for removal of or freedom from doubt well, I could do with a bit of that, too. Look into the secret places of any writer's brain, and you will see the Doubt Monster crouching, lying in wait, saying things like 'you know you're no good', 'they'll never give you a contract for that old rubbish', 'hey, let's have a look at the Amazon reviews--you need to know what awful things people are saying about your books', and similar gems of comfort and joy. Bad sales figures, a throwaway remark from agent or editor, a less than complimentary newspaper review (or no review at all)--all these things lead to doubts about talent and competence in even the most lauded prizewinning writer's mind. Freedom from doubt, even for a day, would be a blessing to any writer. So I'll hope for it for all my writing friends, but I'm not holding my breath for it to happen to me any time soon. (Hey, I'm a realist as well as a dreamer.)
This year, at the start of this new decade, I guess my resolution (and all the naggers in my house are going on and on at me to tell them what mine is), is simply this. TO HAVE RESOLUTION (as defined above) IN MY WRITING I'll let you know how it goes. And how long it lasts.... Now where's my Twitter page and that cup of tea?