Writing About Writing

I’m not too sure what to really say or discuss, actually. This is me making an attempt to get something out there, and hopefully this post will get the momentum of motivation going.

This is also likely to be a post I may tag as “to revisit.” What does that mean? It means it’d be in a small section of works I write with the intent of returning to and rewriting after at least a year has passed. These reasons could vary from the idea is very important to me, so I’d like to come back and redo it when I have (ideally) gotten better at articulating my thoughts. That, or, the reason is it’s about something I still have a great deal to learn about and I might want to revisit the piece after having learned a great deal more about it. For example, once I finally finish reading Guns, Germs, and Steel, I’d like to do a history-related post defending Jared Diamond’s work. Then I’d like to come back and reassess my stance. (For those wondering: A lot of people seem to hate Diamond for the fact that he’s not a historian but is writing about history–these people seem to forget and/or elements of history do not just consist of people, but of animals, the ecosystem, plants, etc.)

Anyway.

I like writing. It means a lot to me, and it’s definitely something I can’t see living without. A friend of mine were once discussing what is it like to live without the ability to keep writing about things. It certainly reminded me of the occasional thought I had of “What happens if I lose that ability to write?” Though, it should be noted, quality isn’t exactly a factor here. I’m quite weak in writing quality, and that is mostly my fault as I have avoided writing everyday despite my love for writing.

Which is frustrating, really. This is something I enjoy, so why is it a challenge to just get up and do it? Lately I’ve lost the “thing” of being too concerned with what people think of it. Not to say it’s immune to criticism or comments on how I could have phrased something, done better, or really just need to drop a chunk as a whole. But more like it really is far more important to create 5 bad, clunky rough drafts than to be paralyzed by the fear of creating something bad in general. Whatever I make will have something wrong with it, so why get stuck in that loop? I can always go back and fix it–but I certainly can’t go back and fix it if it doesn’t even exist.

I guess another thing about writing that certainly has “WRITER” ingrained in my existence is how I feel when I am writing. If I get sucked into an idea (never mind how cliched it sounds), it really does feel like the world stops being there. Whatever I’m working on is there. This doesn’t mean I stop seeing my desk. It’s definitely still there (and a mess right now), but concerns about its messiness go away. Worries about whatever’s going on in my social life definitely disappear. If I get really, really into it and go without pause, I’ll definitely not notice the hunger or thirst signals. (RIP the mugs of coffee that went cold.)

This is definitely not coming out as articulated as I intended.

But that’s okay. I’ll talk about the concept and process of writing a lot on here, and I may consider revisiting this post.

Thank you for taking the time to read.

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2 thoughts on “Writing About Writing

  1. I have similar experiences. Sitting down to write is so hard, but when I do and I’m working on something that ‘clicks’ the rest of the world is just so much less pressing.

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