I like to talk to other writer’s about their approach to the craft. It goes without saying that, as in life, there are a diverse number of ways a person can tackle the art of writing. There are those who plan their plot to the last detail, those who have a vague idea of what’s going to happen. Then there are writers who research a plot to death before they let their characters loose, others who sift through information along the way, or maybe a combination of the two. When it comes down to the nitty gritty, some are disciplined, some get ‘taken-over’ by the story and don’t surface for days, and some (perhaps you could say a lucky few), can switch off in any place, at any time.
It may sound like stating the obvious, but I’m fascinated by the process. For me it feels like the whole act is beyond my control – like a little writer elf lives inside my soul and chuckles with glee as soon as my pen hits the page! However it works, I’m sure it is almost always liberating.
There is one thing I’d like to explore a little more, and that’s whether it’s easier to be a dreamer or an observer when it comes to creating a tale. If writing styles are diverse, then people are, by definition, a rich and varied bunch. I’m sure personality has a lot to do with our ability to string a sentence together, but here’s an interesting question. Does a dreamer observe the world, storing it away for the stories they weave, without even knowing they’re doing it? or does the observer live in a land of dreams as soon as they start to work with the ‘people’ in their head.
Anyway, those are my thoughts of today.
Thanks, as always.
Until next time