Tuesday, 17 April 2012

The Secret of Writing

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a writer must put her bum on the seat and her hands on the key board if any writing is to get done.

Jane Austen famously described her writing as working on "two inches of ivory" but the main point is that she did her writing, regardless of scale. It may have taken time - First Impressions and Elinor and Marianne were written at least 10 years before they became Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility , but in the end the novels got written.

I wish it were true that there were magic writing pixies and wishing you'd written a story or novel would make it so, but the sad and sorry fact is that there aren't and wishing won't make any difference.

Bum. Seat. Connect.
Hands. Keyboard. Connect.
Hands. Pen. Paper. Connect.

However you do it, it has to be done. And that's all there is to say about it.


7 comments:

Philip C James said...

Sounds like a mantra, to be repeated each and every morning, Sarah...

Shauna said...

So true. People always want to know how to get published. The truth is that long before you reach that stage you need to spend thousands of hours learning the craft by writing and re-writing.

womagwriter said...

And you must enjoy the process. Otherwise what's the point. There are easier ways of making a living.

Sarah Duncan said...

Yes, yes, and yes!

Jennifer said...

There's a point of view out there in the world that talented people don't need to work. Of course they do - that's a large part of why they are so talented.
As Julia Cameron says, you have to show up on the page. Or the music stand. Or the sporting pitch...
Thanks for a great post. :-)

Alison Percival said...

This is it. I've spent many hours reading 'how to' books and looking for secret formulas. But really it all boils down to this! Thanks

Sarah Duncan said...

Jennifer - or, as I believe Sammy Davis Junior said, the harder I work, the luckier I get.

Alison - reading how to books is great, but this is the only secret formula there is.