Writing is more than an occupation. It’s a mind-set, a way of living as it requires a delicate balance between sense and non-sense, between life and love, between waste and production. It is not about having a lot of space, time or silence. It’s is having all those things in the right circumstances.
Often it is easier to point out the factors that do not help in the process of writing. But cancelling out all those things is not the same as making it possible to write. But for sure, the men trying to break into the house last night, don’t really hep. Neither does receiving too many friends, reading boring books, and endless rain and cold. What does help is the little squirrel that comes by every morning to say hello. As does the nice cup of coffee with which to start my morning.
Probably this is all very personal, there is no real recipe to writing. Although I suggest these things for people not used to staring at the white space of the empty screen or piece of paper:
- Have a plan – either very detailed from day to day, paragraph to paragraph
- Dare to make time for your writing-project – knowing it will come to nothing. The reward of the writing itself should be the only reward aimed for. Other outcomes are a nice bonus.
- The right surrounding – there will be music that works good for writing, and music that does not.
- Try out different methods of writing to see what is your voice – do you write well just putting everything on paper and later on scratch 98% of it? Or are you an organised writer, seeming to ‘waste’ a lot of time thinking, but once you’re ready writing the whole chapter at once, based on a strict script? Find out for yourself!
- You need to fail. If you don’t fail, it means it’s a project not worthy of spending time on. Writing is about wanting to fail, not about wanting to succeed.