~Today’s blog comes from MOIRA J. MOORE!~
This is a special response post to Natalie Duvall’s “Writers Hate Writing.”
Is the government being particularly annoying? Is there a part of history you want to explore and explain? Is there an archetype that you want to address in a different way? Is there an old trope you’d like to twist or stand on its head? Write a book.
Writing is fabulous. I started writing my first book (it was awful) when I was around thirteen, and I’ve been writing ever since, because I love it. If I didn’t love it, I wouldn’t have persisted in writing during the many years from the first book I wrote to the first book I published. I wouldn’t be as confident as I am that I would be writing still, even if I’d never gotten published. Seeing the books on the shelf is great, getting paid for writing is marvelous, but I wouldn’t be writing at all if I didn’t enjoy it. It’s not my bread and butter. It’s what I do in my spare time, for fun.
The first draft of any of my books is written long hand. It’s exciting to put pen to paper for the first words. While I have the broad strokes of the plot and characters in mind when I start a new book, all the fine details are worked out as I write, and I love when ideas just pop into my mind. Sometimes I’ll let myself write a scene that appears to be nothing more than a tangent, only to realize later in the draft that I can draw that tangent back in and end up with what I consider an appealing subplot.
I love ironing out kinks in the story when I’m driving or walking. Sometimes I’ll run through lines of dialogue under my breath, and the people I pass on the street think I’m a crazy person. Sometimes I really struggle with plot holes or inconsistent characterization, and when the way to fix those comes to me, there’s a real sense of satisfaction and delight.
Of course, there are difficulties with writing. Putting together 100,000 words is hard work. Sometimes, I don’t know where to go next. Sometimes an editor provides a list of what she wants changed, and those changes can be hard to accommodate. And sometimes, upon rereading the published product, I wince and wish that I could grab all those copies back and fix the problems.
But the positives outweigh the negatives, by a long shot. I couldn’t imagine not writing. I love it too much.
Proofreading is a real pain in the ass, though.