Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
Thought I’d throw this into the mix, so you can fit a little writing into your schedule today before things get out of control. Nicholson Baker says writers must write every day.
I guess it’d be okay if you started after Thanksgiving. I know. It’s pretty hectic right now.
But Mr. Baker is absolutely right. A writer has to write every day. The sooner you get into that habit, the better your craft, the more fluid your longer works, the more prolific your output, the greater your satisfaction. Anyone who tries to write a novel on the weekends is in for a real challenge, given that so much of pushing your way through a novel is to reread what you’ve got so far. You wind up spinning your wheels.
I know, I know — who’s got the time on weekdays to sit down and write for a couple of hours? Well, I guess that depends on how committed you are.
Maybe I’ve mentioned before (probably have) that for many years I used to get up at four-thirty in the morning to get my writing in before heading off to work. At first, it was really hard. My brain was a bowl of mush at that hour. I’d have opened my eyes through the night to see how much time left I had to sleep. I didn’t feel like much of what I was writing was keepable. But you know what? I adapted. I started to relish the calm silence of those predawn hours. The time flew by, and I began to produce. A novel was born.
So take Mr. Baker’s advice. Write every day. Do it on little scraps of paper, as he suggests, or in a notebook you carry with you. Blog posts count. Anything that gets some words out into the light of day.
It’s like a piano player doing scales, which is the only way to become proficient. So set the metronome and get to your scales.