This is kind of like schedule or routine, but more focused. When I say process here, I’m talking about the process of writing a particular work.
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This topic of Process came up because (as I write this) I’m in or nearing the end game of my current novel. Now, I’m just writing off into the dark so I don’t know yet what the end will be. It might occur in the next few thousand words or it might take another ten or even fifteen thousand, but I know it’s not far off.
And near the end, I’ll run a little low on petrol. And patience. If you lived here and were within hearing, during the last few days of me writing a novel you’d hear me turn into a three year old. “Aaauuuggghhh! I don’t WANNA finish this stupid book! This is so HARD! I gotta take a day off!”
In the alternative, it will be something like, “No possible WAY am I gonna make my goal today.” (That was yesterday. I was saying that all day at about half-hour intervals, and when I finally stopped, I had made my goal plus some.)
Or it will be something like, “Well, I only was able to dribble out a thousand words today, but I’ll take it. I guess.”
I swear, it’s just like listening to a grouchy three year old. And it’s worse in my head, because I’m the one who could turn it off.
But I can’t. I can only let it work through itself.
What keeps me sane, relatively speaking of course, is that I recognize all the whining as part of the process I’ll go through in finishing this novel. It’s the same process I went through in finishing the first twenty-six novels and four novellas. And I know, right now, it’s the same process I’ll go through in writing and finishing the next novel.
But knowing it isn’t the same as experiencing it. Like physical pain, it isn’t something we can recall into existence. If I could, I probably wouldn’t be a writer.
Because I can’t stand it. Seriously. It’s the sort of nasal, wimpy, whiny stuff that makes me wanna slap both hands over my ears and run in a circle yelling “Lalalalalalala!” so I can’t hear it.
It’s the shrill sort of thing that makes me wanna grab a rifle and hit a tower and shoot the unruly hell out of anyone who wrinkles up their nose and says, “Who thinks like that?”
Seriously. ‘Cause I do, okay? I think like that.
And I whine when I’m nearing the end-game of writing a novel. And I hate it. Ugh.
So one day if this blog just stops coming, you should feel relatively confident that I’ve finally snapped.
In that event, you may be sure I am sitting naked on a beach in Ecuador counting grains of sand. I’ll probably be angry because I lost count at nine hundred and sixty-eight trillion, seven hundred and fifty-three billion, four hundred and twelve million, seven thousand twenty-six because THAT ONE grain of sand just couldn’t keep its stupid hands to itself. No. It just HAD to jump in line ahead of the next grain of sand, which caused me to count it twice. I think. Maybe.
Which of course means I have to start all over again.
Okay, so what’s your process?
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2 thoughts on “Process”
Harvey, when I get close to the ending of a project, I feel as if when I do finish, I will die. Literally. On the first one, I finally had to tell myself that, of course, the woman who was writing a book WAS going to die, but be replaced by a woman who HAD WRITTEN a book. The second time this happened, I recognized the feeling and it lasted for a much shorter period of time. Either I’m past that now, or it just occurs with fiction.
Wow, never heard that one before. Oof.
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