The desire to both create and to share that creation are two separate, albeit intertwined phenomena. In this blog I’ll focus on the urge to write.
Part I: The Urge to Write
Natural born writers: you know who you are.
If you’re a real (notice I don’t use the word “serious” and definitely not “published” or “successful”) writer, there is an urgency that originates somewhere under your heart and a kidney stone’s throw from your liver that forces you to write.
The physical need we writers have to put pen to paper is, I suggest, innate. It may or may not be genetic, but you are definitely born with it. I’ve know writers who finally publish late in life (remember And Ladies of the Club, published when the author, Helen Hooven Santmyer was 87?), but I’ve never known one to deny that he or she “jotted” down bits and pieces, poems and essays, throughout their life. (You can find a biography of Santmyer at http://www.ohioana-authors.org/santmyer/highlights.php. Note that she admitted she wanted to be a writer from the age of nine.)
Accepting the imperative to write is like accepting that you believe in God (or that you don’t). It’s not to be taken lightly. You may put it off for years—sometimes for a lifetime. But if you’re lucky enough to be forced to swallow the truth, it can be liberating. The liberation may be accomplished through a momentous event (life threatening perhaps or simply enlightening) or by the simple act of surrendering to it.
I couldn’t live without writing. Everything that tears me away from it is an intrusion, an irritant. Thank God I didn’t come to that realization while I was raising my children and going to graduate school and working! Now that my children are grown and my husband gone I can spend guilt-free hours at the computer, all the time missing them horribly of course.
Of course the urge comes and goes, perhaps with the tides or the phases of the moon, even for those of us who don’t write paranormal! I’ve gone for weeks, even years with nary a twitch in my writing fingers. Then all of a sudden, usually just as I’ve settled down for a nice nap, vroom! What a great line. Now where is that pen? Where are my glasses? Where can I write this down before it dissipates into cyberspace and nestles in some other writer’s psyche?
Once you have the perfect story in your dainty hand, neatly typed and carefully combed for errors, will you be able to relax and go back to your nap? Certainly not. That’s when the urge to share it kicks in like a petulant ass. Which I shall discuss in a later blog today. Look for it: it’s entitled The Urge to Share.
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