Once you are truly bitten by the writing bug you just can’t quit. I know, I’ve tried on more than one occasion over the past twenty years. With most things I have done during my lifetime, it didn’t matter what it was; sooner or later I would eventually grow bored and have to change direction yet again.
Therefore at various stages over the years I have thoroughly embraced the following, sometimes singly – often collectively. For instance I love chess, wood carving, carpentry, painting and astronomy. Occasionally I used to try to play the chromatic harmonica. But unfortunately, Larry Adler I very definitely was not.
As well as the above I have been known to delve into boat building, sailing, hiking, cross-country running, cycling, sculpture, photography, hunting, caving and climbing. Even though I say it myself, I did manage to become accomplished at one or two of my activities. Boat building being one of them.
Yet none hold a candle to the satisfaction I get out of writing, which probably accounts for why I still put myself through months of mental hell for you the reader, each time I write a novella or novel.
With each book I feel that I improve. My detractors may totally disagree. In fact I know they will. But like all longsuffering writers I’ll be magananimous when it comes to my critics.
I even get a kick out of writing something simple like a blog post. Besides acting as a platform for links to my books (click on the About Tab above), maintaining this blog on a daily basis has introduced me to so many wonderful people in all four corners of the world.
Unlike all of my previous activities, writing is the one thing that has brought me out of myself. The only real drawback is that nowadays I can’t simply lose myself in a book anymore. The writer in me ends up editing it while I’m reading, making it anything but a relaxing pastime the way it used to be.
Why do I still do it? Writing is like a recurring disease. Once contracted, your stuck with it whether you like it or not for the rest of your days.
Does it get easier over time? If I’m honest – no. Each new story is hard won. If you want to write, one thing you cannot be is a quitter. If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m not! Does writing blog posts like this one help your writing skills? Definitely.
At least with one of my interests – chess, I can take a short break from writing occasionally. Time to make a move. Checkmate! That’s it, playtime is over. I’d better get back to writing chapter six of The Guardian.
Catch you later folks. Hope you enjoy the Larry Adler video as much as I did when I saw it.