Time, Writing & Obnoxious Parrots

  1. Finding time to write can be tricky.
  2. Finding the motivation to write can be hard.
  3. Drinking enough tea to ensure one is conscious enough in order to write can be taxing.

ULTIMATELY, finding time to write can be like dodging flying arrows, hiding from messenger pigeons and crawling through mud all at the same time.

BUT, it’s worth it.

Each and every evening, at around eight o’clock (my official writing time) I find myself staring at the clock, scrolling through social media apps and finding any excuse not to do writing EVEN THOUGH I KNOW I’ll enjoy every moment of the process once I get started. I have no idea why I do this EVERY night, but I do and it’s almost become part of my ritual of getting my bum in the chair!  …and I do, eventually, get my bum tucked neatly under that laptop.

I do EVENTUALLY start reading a few paragraphs or chapters and I do EVENTUALLY start typing one letter after another to form words, but sometimes I wish I had an extremely loud, obnoxious parrot who would kick start me into doing it a lot quicker than I do!

This is who I have instead.

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Create People – Not characters

“When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.” 

-Ernest Hemingway

I’m sitting in my writing space, with bookcases to my left, a lamp to my right and characters’ mutterings in my head. Only, I’m trying hard to create people and not characters…

It’s hard, especially when it comes to dialogue and I find it interesting that i’ve only just realised how hard dialogue is. Before, I thought it was one of the easiest things to write, but when I really started to think about it, it became of the trickiest parts. However, the constant switching between two sets of intentions is confusing and thrilling in equal measure. Well actually, a little more thrilling!

I’m sitting here with a glass of Baileys on ice and a log burner crackling away in the corner and all I’m thinking is ‘How do I make her real?’ I’ve remodelled her in every way in the last few weeks. I thought perhaps she was too confident for a female who had grown up in the 1800s, but no. I know she needs to be confident and kick-ass. She needs to be a strong female and she needs to be a match of another character. She just isn’t quite there yet….

So I guess I’ll keep remodelling her until I find whatever gem is hidden in the soul I’ve plucked out of thin air for her. She’s in there somewhere. After all, she’s a person; not a character.

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