Hi fellow writers
In my last blog post (which of course you read), I extolled on how every rule is breakable except write: preferably every day, which may have set the bar too high. After all who am I kidding? None of you guys have the time to write every day let alone for an hour. And if you are still cringing at the apple-a-day diagnosis I gave well sing hallelujah and throw that apple-a-day away for the cheese cake because I have just received a second expert opinion, and that following rules are for technical writers and North York writers aren’t boring.
For a more detailed prognosis as a couple days ago I met a writer named Spencer Gordon (buy his book!) and this guy is accomplished. Co-editor of The Puritan as well as co-founder of the micro press Ferno House. Dude knows his way round some pretty decent writing is all I’m saying. And here’s something big.
It’s been months since he last wrote.
And he’s cool with that.
No, he ain’t loosening his belt and going slack, this dude’s got the mantra of when he’s inspired, he puts the pen on the paper and doesn’t stop till he’s out of ink. He waits letting the stories run through his head, wisps of character sticking to scenes, themes solidifying to mortar into his thoughts, phrases that put lift on his tongue, gobbling his thoughts, and jottings in notebooks, and once he can’t hold it back he sets pen on paper and says “GO” and he goes, pumping out reams and reams of work like a clean Jack Kerouac. And for those who don’t have time, yes you can be like that.*
By a North York Writer
Writing exercise: usually for these little “lessons” I like to have homework after class. This one will be the easiest, one on the honour system (aren’t they all?) so just think. No writing just think of a theme, a character, a plot thread, and when its good and ripe, write it down.
*Huge Throbbing Disclaimer: You can be like that if you can look at a mirror and see writer** in big honking letters
** Writer: when you need to write, you write. None of that I-go- to-sleep crap when it’s 3 a.m. in the morning, a real writer just turns that clock around and puts pen on paper.