“If you’re going to be a writer, the first essential is just to write. Do not wait for an idea. Start writing something and the ideas will come. You have to turn the faucet on before the water starts to flow.”
I love this quote from the great western saga writer, Louis L’Amour. So often we sit and worry about what to write, how to write it, and if we will ever write it. It’s quite a visual bit of advice, turn the tap on and the water sometimes will splutter and start, but in the end from a trickle and a hiss, the water flows.
Writing I believe, especially in fiction, is the mind’s journey from the present consciousness to a world that exists only in the deep recess of one’s mind. There somewhere in the dark, are worlds that when we write, we are actually occupying. This is the reason that when we get distracted by the phone, a person asking if we would like a cup of tea, it is like a slap, a jolt, for we are ripped from another world back into reality. It is a rough journey back, we snap, can’t you see that I am writing. Then slowly we realise how unreasonable the response was, how it was too harsh, too sharp, but it cannot be avoided for the next time the water flows, we are once again transported into another world and we do not want to return.