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Old 10-03-2010, 03:28 PM   #1
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Why do you write?

People often ask me this, so I've posted the following blurb at http://www.farrfeed.com:

Why I Do This: "When I'm able to write like that, I feel ecstasy and unity with all Creation. It's like an athlete performing an 'impossible' feat with seeming effortlessness and grace. I live for that... When I'm in that state, I don't care about money or sex or food. I don't care about who I am or what I am. I don't care if I'm in the front of the line or at the very end. I don't even care if I'm alive or dead, because it seems I'm in the same place, either way."

It's all about being "in the zone," in other words, and to experience that, I'd do this whether I got paid or not.

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Old 10-03-2010, 05:40 PM   #2
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Old 10-03-2010, 06:12 PM   #3
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Thank you, sir. I'll try to deliver more of the same!
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Old 10-03-2010, 06:24 PM   #4
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nicely put. i like to live with my story, feed it, dream about it, talk it over with my child, watch it grow, follow it along and ultimately set it free, like placing a paper boat in a stream and waving goodbye. That journey is my reward.

It can be kind of addicting, though. As soon as I finish one, I experience a bit of "post-write-um" depression, and start scanning my brain for another story to tell.
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Old 10-03-2010, 06:29 PM   #5
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Because I have to.

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Old 10-04-2010, 03:13 AM   #6
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I was thinking about this earlier tonight and remembered something important: even when I was a little boy, riding in the back seat of the family car, there were narratives rolling along in my head. Descriptions of where we were going, what I was seeing. In that sense, I've been "writing" almost since forever.

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Old 10-05-2010, 11:25 AM   #7
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haha - I feel the same as James Wilde...
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Old 10-05-2010, 11:47 AM   #8
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Hey Matthew! Great blog you have, I just bookmarked it. And BTW, Mike Cane (@mikecane on Twitter) describes a writer thusly:

"a person who must write, who is unsuited to everything else except writing"

Works for me...

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Old 10-05-2010, 01:03 PM   #9
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***there were narratives rolling along in my head. Descriptions of where we were going, what I was seeing***

Me too, John. I guess the novel builder is born when the kid asks himself: "But what if ...?" Slainte ba. Neil
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I write to make sense of the world. The older I get, the less sense there is to make, so the possibilities are endless.
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Old 10-05-2010, 05:50 PM   #11
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Because I have to.
Ditto. If I didn't write, I'd go mental.
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Old 10-05-2010, 06:13 PM   #12
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For me the ecstatic moment is the moment of creation when I imagine a new scene and it just feels right. I usually get fragments (sequences of words) of dialogue or description in these moments. I'm usually listening to music and it is a real high. Interestingly, the writing is not always such an intense high for me - especially if I'm fleshing out notes from one of these creative moments. Sometimes the creation and the writing can happen at the same time. But more often than not I'm in the car during these creative moments, so the writing comes afterwards.
Had one of these moments this morning. Driving too fast in the rain while listening to Gary Numan's "Cars". The synth line in that song always enraptures me.
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For me the ecstatic moment is the moment of creation when I imagine a new scene and it just feels right. I usually get fragments (sequences of words) of dialogue or description in these moments. I'm usually listening to music and it is a real high. Interestingly, the writing is not always such an intense high for me - especially if I'm fleshing out notes from one of these creative moments. Sometimes the creation and the writing can happen at the same time. But more often than not I'm in the car during these creative moments, so the writing comes afterwards.
Had one of these moments this morning. Driving too fast in the rain while listening to Gary Numan's "Cars". The synth line in that song always enraptures me.
OK, strike my rather glib (but true) reply earlier. I had to comment again because Cars does it for me too (not forgetting Our Friends Electric). Again and again it's music that inspires me. Does anyone else find that?

Do you listen, drift off, imagine stuff and write down the pictures or is it just me? When I worked I 'wrote' most of my stuff in the car using a dictaphone! And yeh, it is true that when you get something right it's like flying. I've finished writing my first novel recently and I look at it now and can't quite belive I wrote it. So I guess it's when I read something I've written and think, hang on, did I write that? Only, it's quite good... That's when I get a kick.

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OK, strike my rather glib (but true) reply earlier. I had to comment again because Cars does it for me too (not forgetting Our Friends Electric). Again and again it's music that inspires me. Does anyone else find that?

Do you listen, drift off, imagine stuff and write down the pictures or is it just me? When I worked I 'wrote' most of my stuff in the car using a dictaphone! And yeh, it is true that when you get something right it's like flying. I've finished writing my first novel recently and I look at it now and can't quite belive I wrote it. So I guess it's when I read something I've written and think, hang on, did I write that? Only, it's quite good... That's when I get a kick.

Cheers

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