the_islander: (poet)
... and the Writer is even more so. But let me explain.

I read a lot of books on writing lately, and some of them were quite good, actually. The uni library seems pretty well stocked on that topic, perhaps because they need to encourage all these English Literature students who - except for becoming a writer - don't know how to get a job... Well, back to the topic.
Most books I laid my hands on where more or less writing manuals (How to construct plots, create credible characters, and all that stuff), and thus only partly interesting to me. I do know all the theory about writing, I've been studying literature - called reading when I was not yet at uni -  long enough. I am able to decide whether a plot is fascinating or whether all books by one author are - essentially - the same (good example: Hohlbein). 
What I am not able to do properly is to commit myself to a more or less regular writing pattern, and to keep up the same motivation and inspiration for a longer period of time. Yet.
Funny thing: Two of the books I read came up with very convincing (and very similar) explanations.

The theory is as follows: 
Each writer combines in him/herself two essentially different "personalities" (not quite the right word, though...), that of the creator and that of the editor. While the creator needs spontanity, sensitiveness and an almost childlike openness to old and new things alike in order to produce some sort of art, the editor is rational, selective and critical (and everything else that is craft-like in writing). It is obvious that those two parts are not only both essential for writing effectively, but also must be in constant conflict with each other. [I do see that in myself, by the way. Whenever I'm writing something I just stop somewhere in the middle and start criticising and correcting instead of just finishing the scene and do the editing part later on]. The point is then, to try and keep the two apart while writing - write first and edit afterwards -, and that is also what I'm trying to work on, recently.
I think simply knowing about this fact already helps (or so I feel), but I do think I should need more practice.

By the way: Another point of advice in one of the books was not to read too much while writing because the style of the author influences your own one - which you need to find first, before improving it by the right kind of influence. I can see that even in this post... language seems somewhat old-fashioned... Whyever. ^^


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Just another point: I do wonder how there can be sooo much truth in a book of about 70 pages...(and I'm not talking about the book on writing ^^).

[EDIT] And yes, this was another procrastination entry (though I wanted to cover the topic for quite some time). Case paper: 500/2500 words. Bah.

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