I think it was Steven King in his book On Writing who said the Writer is as much an artist as the sculptor– and maybe more, since the writer must create the raw material he then shapes into his work of art.
This is one of the reasons I find NaNoWriMo useful: successfully completed it leaves me with a block of raw material that actually exists. Throw in the power of deadline (this is my second year writing with the My Book Therapy community) to make me think of writing every day, and more gets done.
I’m choking every time I sit down to write; I’m woefully out of practice. If it weren’t for the stat tools and the 10p.m. deadline for the daily reporting (any word count is fine, just reporting is the required part), I’d continue to whittle away my free hours with YouTube and Hulu.
Putting down words is hard.
Two different friends reading my Lindorm novel have commended me for sticking with it; getting the whole thing down.
As it’s happened over five years my perception of it gets a little fuzzy, but these last two nights have reminded me: they’re right! It’s work to get something coherent and all points driving a single story forward.
I also like how these WriMo novels have developed: my first was a fantasy. Last year’s was pretty straight-up a YA romance. This time I’ve got a murder mystery/intrigue thing going on. And yet all of them are based on distinct fairy tales I love that all go “beyond the rescue.”
Sure it’s nice to be human again, but then you have to deal with all the junk humans have to deal with. The nice thing is that when someone makes you human, at least in my story worlds, they’re usually getting themselves in for the long haul.
And a partner makes any load easier to carry.