The Not So Solitary Writer
Dale is unable to post today, so long-time reader Benjamin will be filling in the void. THANK YOU BENJAMIN!
The beginning of Brenton’s post on writers online got me thinking of how I’m different to most writers. I hate my alone time.
The romantic idea of writers being so dedicated to their craft that they shun everyone around them, and lock themselves in a room for months does not appeal to me in the slightest.
I get bored if I’m alone for long stretches of time. The silence of me, and only me, occupying my house on rare nights freaks me out and I’m forced to put music, to do anything to make noise. No, the solitary writer’s life is not for me.
So does this mean I’m doomed as a writer? I sure hope not. Do you have to shut yourself away from the world in order to fulfill that dream of writing a novel? I actually don’t think you have to.
I like to interact with people through forums, blogs and even speaking to people in real life. Sure, in order to get the words down it’s best not to be talking or whatever, but if I pause at the end of a paragraph, sip my herbal tea like the vain aesthetically minded person I am, I like to look up and see someone there so I can go, “I just wrote 1,000 words,” or “That part was really cool.”
I guess this isn’t possible all the time so maybe I need to start talking to myself – and answering back.
Does anyone else not like the idea of the solitary writer’s life?
Benjamin is a Marxist horror writer from Melbourne, Australia. He lives with his partner, Margo, who should be commended for not getting sick of him. You can read more from Benjamin at http://benjaminsolah.com/blog
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