Sunday, June 3, 2007


Last night as I was walking the dog, I listened to a podcast of an interview with a fiction author. Now, as you probably know, my goal for my own writing is for the process to be joyful, effortless, and fast. But you know what dawned on me last night as I listened to this interview? Not all writers regard joyful, effortless, and fast as the best way to write! I'm not sure why that is, but do you know what's important about realizing this fact? I'll tell you. The way we experience writing is a choice. We can choose slow, deliberate, and effortful. Or we can choose quick, easy, and full of pleasant surprises. I didn't always know this, but now that I do, I'm never going back.

Here's another great reason to have a dog: Walking him gives me more time to listen to podcasts and think about big stuff!


Bonnie said...

And that is exactly why I like your writing - joyful and full of pleasant surprises. It is a choice to be joyful and the choice is easier each day when I read good books.

h. sue said...

Really good point Sara...everyone is different. Somedays writing is getting through the muck of it. But then the feeling of getting through the difficulty, woo-hoo! That feels great.

Other days, writing is a pure joy, right from the get-go.

Elayne said...

Hi, Sara! (It's Dawna, by the way. Elayne is my pen name.) I had to drop by after stopping at Julie's blog. You mentioned the writers' attitude in La Jolla, and the way you talk about it being a matter of choice seems logical to me. At work, we say we choose our mood. Frankly, I choose joy.

I love the intuitive writing method. My writing's changed and I feel as though I know who my characters are as a result of letting them speak to me. Writing becomes work when I refuse to let the characters share their story. I'm learning to back off, but old control-freak habits die hard :)

Sara Lewis Murre said...

Dawna! Great to hear from you! Yeah, we all have that control freak thing, don't we? Why is it so hard let it be simple??!