Write Here, Write Now: An Introduction of Sorts.

As a writer I’m about as prolific as film maker Terrence Malick. But this salient fact doesn’t take away from the urgency I feel whenever I let my sense of creativity lapse into the doldrums. Writing, quite simply, is something I must do; an activity that is as much part of my nature as the need for food, water, coffee, sleep, friendship and more coffee. If I lack in any of these essentials, I suffer. So it is when I don’t write in a way that’s meaningful. (Emails and texts don’t count. Blogs do – but only to a degree.)

In case you’re wondering (and I hope you are), this is not just another blog about writing. There are many to choose from on the Internet (among the very best is my friend Richard Scott’s Uphill Writing), so I don’t particularly want to add to an already growing list. Rather I want to write about my writing. By this I mean my reasons for wanting to be a writer, the highs my chosen life brings, the lows it hits me with, my dreams and nightmares.

I don’t really believe in writer’s block per se. I just know that I have an inherent laziness that needs to be conquered if I want to get anywhere near realising my dream of publication (by any media on offer, not just the traditional way). And so I’m beginning a new series of articles on this blog. I mean to dig deep into my heart and mind and offer to you the reader an insight of how I might shrug off my ennui and get stuff done. It is only by writing that stuff will get done.

I look forward to your company.

14 responses to “Write Here, Write Now: An Introduction of Sorts.

  1. Great title for your post. I’m into titles.

  2. Looking forward to reading what you have to say!

  3. Looking forward to this, James! I expect nothing less than excellence from you.

    Oh, and thanks for the shout-out!

  4. I’m looking forward to your posts, being in a similar position I’m interested to see how other aspiring writers ‘get stuff done’ as to speak!

    Emma http://ideasofawanderingmind.wordpress.com/

  5. You shall be in good company, JM!

    And because I found I had nothing else to write about, I presented myself as the subject. ~ Montaigne

    The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and about all time. ~ George Bernard Shaw

  6. My cure for ennui is taking a walk and focusing on scenes from my novel. I think we all put a little bit of ourselves into our characters. In essence, we are writing about ourselves. Neat title. I think I’ll write write now.

  7. Go for it, James. It will be an interesting read as always, particularly from the perspective of a writer whose sole ambition is to churn out my usual gibber only in blog form, simply because it is something I love to do.

  8. I want your cup:)

  9. Looking forward to reading about how you conquer the writer’s problem (I refuse to name it as I don’t believe in it either)
    I’ve taken to sitting on the sofa, drinking some or other disgusting energy/vitamin/nutritional drink whilst staring at the ceiling, wondering what the fuck I should write about.
    Apparently, my muse has decided to bugger off – and no amount of begging is bringing him back this time…

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