In his autobiography, Gabriel García Márquez give us a tip: “If you believe you can survive without writing, don’t write.”
I’ve been always fascinated by our ability to communicate using written language. I’ve been reading since I learned to. I need to read. It is more than just a way to learn
I am an avid reader, fascinated by the writers’ ability to craft a story and transmit it to others. Sometimes I feel the need to writer Ideas start forming in my mind, not entire stories, but some plot points. I write down the ideas on my “Bag of Ideas” so I can go back to it later and develop the story, which I end up never doing.
Part of me is afraid, then, every time I sit down to write, I start to research how to do it. In the end, I reviewed lots of techniques but did not write one single creative line.
I remember a scene from the movie “Finding Forrester” when Forrester is teaching his young pupil, Jamal, how to write. Each of them sit down in front of a typewriter and Forrester says, “Okay, now write” and starts typing like a madman while Jamal just stay still. After a while, after realizing Jamal is not writing, Forrester asks him what is he doing. Jamal answers, “Thinking”. Forrester replies, “No thinking - that comes later. You must write your first draft with your heart. You rewrite with your head. The first key to writing is… to write, not to think!”
On his book about the craft, “On Writing”, Stephen King tells us to think about books as means to transmit your thoughts, it is like being a mindreader in reverse. By putting your thoughts on paper you are transmitting your thoughts to your reader. Also he says that the most important thing is the story. It is all about the story. You have to entertain the writer. Tell him a good story.
In June, 2007, I wrote my first book. For more than a month, I wrote everyday while commuting. I made the mistake of writing in a notebook, now I need to rewrite it in the computer, but all give it some more time. I am still too critical of it’s content.
My next attempt will be next month. I’ve joined NaNoWriMo this year. Check it out: NaNoWriMo.