Reading and Writing
One more thought to share before I post the entire first chapter of my book, Steeple in the Distance. I read a book over Christmas vacation. It wasn’t the most brilliant or profound book but I found it entertaining. It was science fiction. It left me a little dizzy, time travel will do that to me. But Charles Yu in his book, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe also explores the process of writing. The character’s future self gives his present self a book that will be written by him. He talks about reading and writing the book, or writing and reading the book as a simultaneous process.
I didn’t think too much of it until one afternoon I was contemplating a blank page before me on the computer. I realized I was waiting for the next section to emerge from my thoughts. It was what Charles Yu had been saying. I was writing and reading, or reading and writing the book at the same time. I no longer admit to writer’s block. I am simply waiting to find out what it is I will have written.
In his book, On Writing Well, William Zinsser puts it this way, “I don’t like to write. I like to have written.” I like to write, I like to have written and I like to read what I will have written. I also like to rewrite. I am inviting you to write with me. Tell me what you like that I have written, suggest what I should have written and see what I will have written as a result.
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