23 April 2010

Writers Myth No.217: Writing is Interesting!

I know, I haven't been posting. If you're blogging, you're not writing, and vice versa.

Writing is not an inherently interesting activity. Want to know what writing looks like? It looks something like this: a pen and a notebook. A hand, moving that pen across the page. The ink from the pen, filling up the page with words and phrases. Some of them make sense. Then the hand turning the page, and filling that page too with ink and words. And then again. And again and again.

Alternatively, it occasionally looks like typing.*

Regrettably, I suspect that it does not much resemble fishing but it feels the way I imagine fishing must feel – long periods of biding time, then a bite and a pull and a reeling in, until all of a sudden there's a slippery, silvery creature gasping for breath on the bottom of your boat and you have to decide: do I keep it, or throw it back in?

*cf. Truman Capote on Jack Kerouac: "That's not writing, that's typing."

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