Practice Writing

Sometimes I feel like I’m going to be writing this novel forever.  I am at a standstill, again.  I really need to figure out how to get my action going.  So, rather than sit in front of the blank outline this morning I decided to write a blog post.  Just to see if I can get those creative juices flowing again.

I saw a title of a book on a webpage.  The title was “The Practice of Writing” (by David Lodge).  While I have not read the book, its title got me thinking.  Like anything else we do well, we do so from practice.  Then again, there is the noun form of practice, such as meditation or yoga or spiritual practice.  In either case, practice is what you do to hone your skill and your connection to the activity.

When I get up in the early hours before dawn, my intention is to work on my novel.  I never really looked at is as a “practice” before.  When I saw the book title, it suddenly dawned on me that maybe deep inside, I’m not taking this as seriously as I take, say, my morning meditation practice.  While I really don’t think of writing as a hobby — after all I’ve done is professionally for more than 20 years — I never thought of my fiction writing as a practice or even a job, for that matter.  You know, it’s just something I love to do — no matter how frustrating it can be.

So, if I change my thinking and consider writing as a practice rather than just something I do because I love it, maybe I’ll break through that little barrier that keep me from taking my novel to the next level.

Happy Writing in 2015!

-AH