Creation, Deletion and Patience

A note on Creation, Deletion and Patience:

Creation ~ Writers create. They create characters, situations and even whole worlds. In the world of fiction the writer has total freedom. This can sometimes be daunting, but it is a beautiful thing. We have the chance to change a character’s life in a positive or negative way. We can help them make mistakes, learn lessons and heal rifts.

One school of thought believes that writing can be cathartic, that it can help us channel emotions and thoughts deep inside us. What can often appear to be total fiction can in fact have a flavour of the writer, it can have elements of a biographical nature. No writing exists in a vacuum. We cannot help but be influenced by the world around us, by people we meet and by situations we find ourselves in. Therefore as a writer it is important to live, to experience new things and interact with new people. But, here comes th irony: a writer’s occupation can often be isolating. You can be sat at a computer desk for hours, alone, with nothing but your own thoughts. Being this introspective can of-course aid your writing as it helps us tap into our subconscious, as we are in more of a relaxed state of mind. Yet, can we really write about people, can we create whole 3-dimensional characters when we are working in this environment? I think, personally, that there needs to be a balance between concentrated ‘alone-time’ if you will, and time outside, getting new ideas and being inspired.

Deletion ~ Also known as editing. But my editing consists mainly of cutting out bits I don’t like, sometimes adding new bits but mainly cutting out. This process of cutting out superfluous or just bad writing helps the piece become more centred. In taking out bits that are superfluous the piece then only concentrates on what’s important. As a writer you have to ask yourself  ‘is this sentence actually necessary?’, ‘does it add anything important?’. Bad writing, writing that’s just been jotted down in idea format is helpful as it focuses on what needs to be there in it’s place, but served the purpose in the draft. It acts as a signposting system for you later.

Patience ~ As a writer you need this in abundance. This is where I struggle, I will be honest. Patience to go through drafts again and again with a fine toothed comb. Patience to write and keep writing without getting frustrated that you can’t write it at this moment in time as well as you want to. When I was at university my creative writer tutor told me to write and keep writing, even if it’s rubbish you have something to work from. These are very wise words and I continue to force my hand to keep writing even when I’m not sure what exactly it is that I’m trying to say or where exactly it’s trying to go.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Marc Schuster
    Nov 18, 2011 @ 12:29:19

    Wonderful thoughts! I’m reminded of Hindu mythology — specifically what’s known as the Trimurti, or the divine triumvirate of Brahma (the creator), Shiva (the destroyer), and Vishnu (the preserver).


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