Sunday, February 6, 2011

Enjoy the process

It seems to me... we should make our writing fun. I don't mean the writing has to be about only fun things, but it helps the writing just to enjoy the process. The same goes for art.

I know there are writers and artists who think they need to agonize over their craft to feel as if they have created something meaningful. Well, I give you the example of Tim Dorsey. There's a writer who has made a life for himself writing and he has a great time doing it.

Tim was in Melbourne this week, signing copies of his latest book... I hadn't seen him in several years and as soon as he opened his mouth, I was reminded to make it fun, no matter what I'm doing. Basically he travels around Florida doing research for his books. Now, that research consists of eating great bar-b-q in out of the way places or settling in on a bar stool in a local pub and getting to know the natives and their history.

Now, you might not enjoy that exact approach, but it did remind me that I should make sure I enjoy it all... I think the writing is better that way.

8 comments:

Mariodacat said...

M here - I'm not a writer, but what you say makes a good deal of sense. Why do it, if you can't have a good time doing it. Life it too short not to enjoy it.

Lou Belcher said...

M -- you're absolutely right. It applies to everything, doesn't it? Lou

Carole Anne Carr said...

I am often frustrated by having to edit, but during the writing process I love every minute of it!

Jeff King said...

Composing a story is amazing, and it fills a void I never knew I had… but editing is the worst—but of course it is the most important if our goal is to be published.
Someday I hope I enjoy the whole process, for now though, I endure the bad, because the good is SO good.

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