Thursday, January 23, 2014
One of the reasons I came to writing relatively late in life is because I never thought of myself as a creative person, an idea I explore in my guide to writing a novel.
Whenever artists and writers are portrayed in movies and on TV, they're always moody and flighty and bold and wacky and adventurous. Unbound by societal norms and twitchy with creativity that might spring forth at any moment.
I don't know many writers that fit this stereotype. To be sure, I know plenty of wacky writers, many of us can be social misfits at times and, and on the whole, sure, maybe writing types are a little more moody and flighty and in our own heads than the general population.
But you don't have to be this type of a person to write a novel.
One of the things that stop people from writing books is that they think they'll never think of enough ideas. And sure, it can feel daunting to imagine filling a book with nothing but whatever your brain can invent. But I truly believe the vast majority of people have sufficient creativity to write a novel if they only put their mind to it.
The thing people should really be worried about is whether they have the willpower to write a novel. That is the hard part. The setting aside of time, powering through when it stops being fun, and getting the whole thing written and edited.
That's the true common factor that binds writers. They work ridiculously hard.
Edison said success is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration. Sounds about right.
Have you seen this idea of the "creative" person? Do you think of yourself that way?
Art: Lord Byron by Unknown