Post by kerouac2 on Jan 9, 2018 23:48:33 GMT
I know at least two people here, perhaps three, who have talked about their literary endeavours in the past.
I have had ideas since age 11 but I only recently decided to start to write seriously. I have various notebooks, sometimes used frenetically, sometimes ignored for years, and my current project settled in my mind in July 2002 when I was in Avignon. My notebook tells me that the idea came to fruition in September 2004 when I was in Vietnam. I remember even going to internet cafés to ask complete strangers about details that I needed. An important detail about this is that it was my very last trip before the parental disasters. I returned home and discovered that things were terribly wrong with my parents who lived far away. I did my best, but my father died in February 2005 and then, as many of you know, I took my mother to France and cared for her until her death in March 2016. Even though she was in a "home," my mind was not free. It takes a certain time to emerge from such an experience (at least, that is true for me), so it was only in mid 2017 that I picked up my idea and started to write seriously. There was an interruption (that annoying trip to Cuba), but really I have been writing quite seriously since my return.
In fact, it has caused me to be on this forum slightly less often. However, when you write, you get frustrated, you need breaks, and I am here many times throughout the day anyway.
I still don't know if I will finish my project, but it looks like I might. I have discovered all sorts of things about fiction that I had read about before but never really understood. For example, characters take on a life of their own and you are as surprised at what they do as any reader might be. This is wonderful in a way, but it is also terrible. I have spent a lot of time having to backtrack to "correct" previous events to eliminate discrepancies because of what those damned people are doing or said they did in the past.
It is also sort of exhilirating.
I am about at the halfway point and am now fixing and rewriting what I have done up until now before continuing to the second part, which promises to be totally different. So the first half has to be completely solid first. I don't what to have to rewrite everything again.
No, don't expect to ever read this. I have no illusions, and anyway, I am writing it in French.
Can anybody else talk about their writing experiences?