December 1 question – In your writing, what stresses you the most? What delights you?
The awesome co-hosts for the December 1 posting of the IWSG are PJ Colando, Diane Burton, Louise – Fundy Blue, Natalie Aguirre, and Jacqui Murray!
I’m just coming off Nanowrimo, so I’m feeling pretty good, right now. (Yes, I won.) I enjoy the feeling of knowing that I’ve done something that most people… uhm… can’t? won’t? Well, anyway, they don’t. It’s not ego… (well, it’s a little bit ego) but there is definitely something reassuring about deciding you’re going to do something, and then making it happen that makes me feel very capable. Doing this proves that I can do other things, too. That goes for every novel, but the rate at which you’re writing during Nano really drives the point home. Most people don’t ever write a novel.
I also like that moment–I haven’t gotten there yet, with this one–where you realize that this is one of your novels. Does anybody else know what I mean? I feel like I’m explaining a velveteen rabbit moment, where the novel becomes real. Where it connects with the things that are important to me, regardless of the surface attributes.
Stressors? Well, there are a few. If I were starting a business to sell urinal cakes sculpted into politicians’ faces, I think the general public would take that more seriously as a business than they take this. And I have yet to meet a non-writer who understands writing as just a hobby. If you’re sitting at a desk, you couldn’t possibly be enjoying it for its own sake, could you, now? You put the two together, and there are a whole lot of people who think I’ve completely lost my mind.
Non-writers giving crappy advice to talented young writers is right up there. Sit around and wait for inspiration? Maybe football players should sit around and wait to be good at tackling. I’m sure the Heisman will show up at some point. Nope. You really cannot convince them that a novel won’t just happen. Butt in chair. Hands on keyboard. And just f–ing force it. It’s the only way to go.