Thursday, September 10, 2009
The Secret Life of Writers
The Secret Life of Writers or
What Writers don't tell their Families.
I have six children in their teens and early twenties who are all still living at home, (one has their partner living with us), so ours is a very busy house. From the moment I get up in the morning and take child number 6 to the train station at 6.30 am, until the last one gets in from UNI or work at around 9pm, I don't stop.
But while I'm doing the shopping, driving kids places and cooking, I'm writing.
So here is an insight into ... the Secret Life of Writers.
1. Everything is grist for the mill.
No matter how awful or wonderful the moment is, a writer will map it in their mind, so they can find it again and re-experience it to write about it.
2. Those long comfortable shared silences, aren't really silent.
While you're sitting there after dinner, sipping a wine or watching a sunset, your writing partner is really miles away, inside their latest book, wrestling with plot intricacies.
3. A writer is never bored (see 2.).
4. When your partner says they love you, they mean it. But ...
They wish everyone would leave them alone sometimes, completely alone, because time alone in their heads is a luxury. And they need it to feed the creative crucible.
As a writer I often feel like I'm living on two planes, one is the every day and the other is as vast as my imagination. As a creative person, a writer, artist or musician what goes on in your mental world that you don't share with your family?