Once again the Playground welcomes our favorite Bella -- last fall we coined the nickname School Bella just for for her -- from Romance: By the Blog . And because she's great about sharing her toys, the Playfriends are on her blog today. Y'all give a great big howdy to Michelle Buonfiglio.
I hate writing.
Yeah, I know that sounds totally bizarre coming from a woman who has the coolest job ever, reading and writing about romance fiction. But I do, indeed, hate everything about writing: the planning, the process, the editing.
Actually, I don’t mind the editing all that much, because I write “short.” Writing short, as those of you who do it know, requires lots of editing, and allows very little falling in love with one’s work. In fact, my rule of thumb is that when I’m certain I’ve turned a particularly nice bit of phrase, I know I should cut it, because I’m generally not as clever as I think I am.
Harsh? Yeah, that’s probably why writing bugs me so much, cause, like, really, why would I enjoy finding yet another reason to angst over my shortcomings?
Now, I once took a class on “getting into the habit of writing” with a pretty remarkable woman named Roseanne Bane who’s got a philosophy that really speaks to my hatred of writing.
Roseanne says that in order to create, one must destroy. Dancers destroy the placement of the air molecules through which they move, and musicians, pretty much the same, while fine artists destroy canvas, marble, various mediums.
What does the writer destroy? When a writer chooses a word or phrase or topic and commits it to paper, she simply destroys every other possibility.
And, holy God, how daunting is that? I mean, no wonder I put off writing; I’m simply afraid of making the wrong choice, missing out on the ideal word that would have made the piece I’m writing the most perfect I could produce.
So learning this, I know I have two choices: suck it up and toss some crap on paper to see what I can work out, or, my favorite, avoid writing altogether till I’m nailed to the Great Wall of Deadline.
Every time I do the latter – every stinkin time – I tell myself that next time will be different; I won’t spend most of the week reading books for fun, surfing the Inet for hot guy pix (like some of my faves here), or doing administrative stuff.
But then this blog came due, and…I’m guessin’ you can figure out how the theme developed from there, no?
What about you: What’s your favorite means of avoiding writing? What’s the piece of advice that gets you putting pencil to paper more often than not?
Thanks so much, Playfriends, for inviting me to share the day here at the WP! For my part in our Scavenger Hunt, here are my two questions:
1. At Romance: By the Blog: Name the 2 lead characters in the excerpt from Suz Brockmann’s “Force of Nature?” Click the link in the blog sidebar.
2. At RomanceBuyTheBook.com : Where are Michelle and RBtheBook moving in late June?
Please email your answers to all four questions (the other two are at Michelle's blog site), with the word HUNT in the subject line, to the Playground Monitor. Two winners will be chosen to each receive a 12-pack of romances and a beaded paperback thong.