Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Writing in Theory & Practice: Oil the Machine

There's a point in a novel where, if I leave it even for a day, it takes many days to get back into it. I've found it's better to just cancel other plans and focus on the writing. Sometimes, I've lost friends over this, although perhaps I've lost them for other reasons. — Douglas Clegg

This is something that non-writers have trouble grasping. When a book is in your head, and I mean really in your head, it is all consuming. It takes you over and, damn the torpedoes, you have to ride that beast until it quits bucking.

I've known writers who have lost their jobs, friends, spouses, significant others, and some even their minds, to the all powerful muse. She is jealous and demands your time, because if you're not writing it, you're thinking about it, and when you're thinking about it everything else falls away and is neglected.

Stories, especially the good ones, burn deep.

I'm one of the lucky ones. My day job is "writer friendly" for the most part and, more importantly, I have an incredible wife who is more than just supportive, she's an integral part of the process.

Kim's my sounding board and biggest cheerleader, to be sure, but she also knows when to give me space and when to press me to keep the fires lit. It's her mutant ability.

She is, quite simply, my most valuable asset. Every writer should have one.

Writers need to structure their lives in a way to limit the struggle. You work jobs that may not pay as well, but don't bleed your creativity dry, and you surround yourself with people who "get it".

Writing is excruciating enough without the rest of your life being one of constant conflict. Making your corner of the world work with you instead of against you only makes sense.Oil the machine, keep things running smooth and easy, and the words will flow.

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Bob Freeman is an author, artist, and paranormal adventurer whose novel Shadows Over Somerset is available from Seventh Star Press. A lifelong student of mythology, folklore, magic, and religion, Freeman has written numerous short stories, articles, and reviews for various online and print publications and is a respected lecturer on the occult and paranormal phenomena. He lives in rural Indiana with his wife Kim and son Connor.
Mr. Freeman can be found online at occultdetective.com or twitter.com/OccultDetective
- See more at: http://seventhstarpress.blogspot.com/#sthash.rfkNuLEU.dpuf

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Bob Freeman
is an author, artist, and paranormal adventurer whose novel Shadows Over Somerset is available from Seventh Star Press. A lifelong student of mythology, folklore, magic, and religion, Freeman has written numerous short stories, articles, and reviews for various online and print publications and is a respected lecturer on the occult and paranormal phenomena. He lives in rural Indiana with his wife Kim and son Connor.

Mr. Freeman can be found online at occultdetective.com or twitter.com/OccultDetective

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Bob Freeman is an author, artist, and paranormal adventurer whose novel Shadows Over Somerset is available from Seventh Star Press. A lifelong student of mythology, folklore, magic, and religion, Freeman has written numerous short stories, articles, and reviews for various online and print publications and is a respected lecturer on the occult and paranormal phenomena. He lives in rural Indiana with his wife Kim and son Connor.
Mr. Freeman can be found online at occultdetective.com or twitter.com/OccultDetective
- See more at: http://seventhstarpress.blogspot.com/#sthash.rfkNuLEU.dpuf

1 comment:

  1. Great articles from Bob. Enjoyed them enough to save them for re-reading when need inspiration and encouragement from the words of a true professional.

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