Thanks for the encouragement, Jane.
I guess I can cope with an increased dose of madness in my life. I'm
curious about your equating work with drudgery. I don't see them as
synonymous. When I said that I resolve to work at my writing this year, I
mean that I will engage in the experience more often, even with a schedule,
and be disciplined in not allowing fatigue or distractions to divert me. I
want to engage in some exercises not of my own devising in addition to
trying things my own way. I know that approaching my own ideas from angles
that I've not thought of myself can expose them in ways I've not explored.
I think it is integral to the creative process for the maker to be open and
to avoid being trapped by his own regimine or process. It is dangerous or
damaging to the creative process for the maker to get too comfortable.
Also, let's face it; writing is hard work requiring exhaustive labor like
many other enjoyable recreations, skiing, gardening, etc. I have to fight a
strong tendancy toward laziness. After all, isn't reading so much less
labor, and a valid, even, for a writer, a necessary diversion?
> From: Robert and Jane Bigelow <bigelow@...>
> You've said it yourself--"to work at my writing this year". If it gets to
> be just drudgery, then for pity's sake find something else to do with your
> time and energies; if you still love writing/your story/the idea you're
> working on, even when it's driving you mad, then keep at it.
> Jane Bigelow