Reverb10–December 2 Writing.
What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it?
So that is the Reverb10 question of the day. And the first thing that came to my mind is my impending interview with writer Bobbie Ann Mason tomorrow morning.
Having read all of her fiction as a young adult, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to write a profile on Mason for an upcoming issue of Kentucky Alumni. She is one of those who had an impact on me and the idea that I might turn writing into a career.
So, to answer the Reverb10 question–what do I do each day that doesn’t contribute to my writing? Let’s see, there’ s laundry, dishes, cleaning…I can think of a million things that get in the way of my writing. Can I eliminate those things? Not a chance.
And then there’s that other thing. There’s the knowledge that I am not the famous writer I envisioned being at this age. I remember hearing that Bobbie Ann Mason did not even become a well-known writer until she was in her 30s and thinking, “Wow, her life is practically over!” I planned to publish my best selling novel long before I approached such an old age. ha!
So sometimes, I am my own obstacle to writing. I think things like, “what’s the point–I’ll never find the time to write that novel. I have too much (laundry, cleaning, work) to do.” I think I’m too old to become a success story. It’s too late for me to top the New York Times list, so why bother?
But then a jumble of thoughts begs to be released and I sit down to write and they all come pouring out. Writing is the easiest, most relaxing, most enjoyable thing I do all day. And once I start typing, all the negative thoughts float away. Gone.
When I write, anything is possible.