For Love or Money
Several writers share their thoughts on writing:
Writing a novel is largely an exercise in psychological discipline –
trying to balance your project on your chin
while negotiating a minefield of depression and freak-out.
Beginning is daunting;
being in the middle makes you feel like Sisyphus;
ending sometimes comes with the disappointment
that this finite collection of words is all that remains
of your infinitely rich idea.
Along the way,
there are the pitfalls of self-disgust, boredom,
disorientation and a lingering sense of inadequacy,
occasionally alternating with episodes of hysterical self-congratulation
as you fleetingly believe you’ve nailed that particular sentence
and are surely destined to join the ranks of the immortals,
only to be confronted the next morning
with an appalling farrago of clichés
that no sane human could read without vomiting.
But when you’re in the zone,
spinning words like plates,
there’s a deep sense of satisfaction
and, yes, enjoyment…