This New Yorker cartoon is paraphrasing Ernest Hemingway: “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
Today’s writers bleed a little less thanks to the computer’s xxxxxxx word processing capabilities. I’ve also found that if I write my first draft with a xxx pencil I bleed a little less. It’s xxxxx x xxx probably xxxxxx about as easy to scratch out a word, phrase, sentence, etc. with a computer as it is with a pencil and paper, but it seems easier to use the pencil. Cutting and pasting is more difficult with the pencil, but for me, that’s the second draft.
It often seems that finding the best word or a word close enough (the best word is usually found by rewriting and rewriting and, etc.) is too much of a time, energy, thought,and too many peanut butter or grilled cheese sandwich consuming process.
While it may not ‘take a village’ to find the best word, it often ‘takes a tree.’
Every writer has different ways to deal with finding the best word or words to say what is being said, what are some of yours?
Yes, it was a terrible morning, but at least I got something out of it. If I write enough, I always do…
The one time I took a Poetry Writing Course about the only thing I learned was that people find much more meaning in a poem than the author probably intended.
I wrote what I saw as a nice little poem about a leaf falling, fluttering in the breeze, bouncing along the ground, traveling far from its original home to until it was raked up into a pile of leaves and burned.
When I wrote it I had fun working with the images of the leaf’s movement. It surprised me that they found such things in my little poem as ‘metaphor for life and death,’ ‘it represents the many careers of a person’s life,’ ‘ the many phases of a person’s life,’ ‘ the aimlessness of existence,’ ‘the nostalgia of a fall day…’ and on and on they went while I just sat there, slightly amused.