As writers we're often asked to talk - or rather write about - writing. Especially our own. But also about the craft. About the writing experience. About what works for us. About our writing rituals. Pantser or Plotter? And the dreaded: 'where do you get your ideas?'
It comes with the job description, of course. And while most writers I know relish a chance of talking about and thus promoting our own work, it can feel tiring at times ... like, well, like a job. You know they haul actors off to do press junkets in small hotel rooms, where journalists interrogate them for hours and hours with the same set of questions? Like fifty zabillion thousand times (approximately)? And the actors go a liiiiiittle bit crazy? Like this:
This can happen to writers, too. Answering the same ol' questions on repeat can dull our minds. And we need those for the writing.
So I reached out to some fellow writers and asked them whether they'd be willing to write a guest post for me - a guest post NOT on their writing, NOT on their book(s), NOT on craft, NOT on characters. I asked them to simply tell me about what interested them at the moment, what made them angry (cuz I'm a sucker for ranting), or what kept them preoccupied. And only THEN tell me whether they think this might influence their future writing.
I wanted to know: what fuels these writers? (I wasn't that blunt about it, though, obviously)
Because here's a thought: you could say that every football player needs at least a ball to be a football player. But what does every writer need? This question is a rhetorical device brought to you by way of my editor Harry Dewulf which he designed to call out category errors.
Perhaps ... perhaps there's really no such thing as writers? Perhaps "artist" is the biggest category error of all?
After all, isn't all art an attempt to communicate the incommunicable? To tell the rest of the human race who you are ... and who they are?
First up on Where is My Mind: Dyrk Ashton.