I was talking to a friend yesterday who had read the post ‘Persistence: Keep Walking’. She was clearly feeling guilty that she hadn’t been doing enough with her writing project. Firstly, it’s a reminder to me that though this blog is intended as an attempt to work out for myself how to write fiction, it might be read as a series of ‘shoulds’. Plus, there’s always the temptation on my part to get carried away and that start writing as if it is.
But it did get me thinking. When we talk about persistence in writing, do we necessarily mean writing? (Blimey, I sound like Carrie Bradshaw). Giuseppe di Lampedusa, author of The Leopard, regarded as one of the best novels of the 20c, is said to have spent many years thinking about it before he ever started writing.
And do I write every day? No. At the moment I’m working on the synopsis to my third novel, having got two-thirds of the way through. This means writing very little, but thinking a lot.
At the novel writing course that I attended at City University they talked about ‘staying in contact’ with your novel. And perhaps this is a better way to put it. In any way, have your mind on it. I think that writing is a concrete way to do this, but is not the only way.