Facets of Writing…

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     There are many facets to writing. What’s been on my mind lately is the adventure of it. Writing, like life, is about growth. It provides opportunity to press on, plateau and struggle, rise and crest. And as far as I can tell there is no end to that cycle. Not if you are truly seeking and pressing. In either pursuit there is always room for more growth. At the moment I’m working on a novel that is largely about seeking. What do we seek and what do we hope to find? And, in the end—if we do not find what we had hoped for–was the seeking still worth it? I say yes. I say seeking, searching, and parsing out truth is a lifelong endeavor. I say seeking teaches us something in itself. Seeking, regardless of what is found, teaches perseverance, patience, it opens our eyes to what is possible, it guides us to that which lies deep in the forest. Seeking helps us to develop and grow. 

     As I look back over the past few years of my life I bear witness to some extraordinary lows, yet as I reflect upon the writing I’ve produced over the past year I see a story that I didn’t have the capacity to produce before. I would argue that this book required those life elements before it could come to life. Writing truly is an adventure. It should be a joy, it should be a learning process; it should be an exercise in creativity, but also an exercise in other things: reflection, self-awareness, honesty, and observation. If you are doing a good job of writing chances are you are doing a good job at life. Or perhaps it’s this: if you are doing a good job of growing as a writer you are likely doing a good job of growing in life, since they are so carefully intertwined. 

     Some qualities in particular have made themselves particularly apparent during the writing of this most recent novel. 

1. Patience.
I have slowed way, way, way, way down and learned that lesson so critical for writing and life. One day and one page at a time. Sometimes one passage, one paragraph at a time. Hemingway wrote in an introduction to “The Sun Also Rises” that he didn’t know how he could produce a novel. It seemed like the ultimate barrier. It probably sounds funny that the great American novelist actually struggled to produce the word count. His method was simple. He focused on crafting one sentence at a time to build one paragraph at a time. And a lot of that is achieved through patience. A lot of that is accomplished by NOT setting deadlines, but by enjoying the process of writing. I have learned to love writing again. I have learned to stop rushing through scenes to get to the “good” ones. They are all good ones, and if they are not, why? Every scene is necessary enough to be in your book so make it as excellent as it can be. Take your time. Make it brilliant, make it precise, make it purposeful. And if the scene is not necessary enough to be in your book, remove it.

2. It’s my story.
I can do anything I want. I learned during the writing of this book to be open-minded again. I kept reminding myself to stop thinking small. Just because someone else did it a different way didn’t mean I couldn’t do it my way. Just because I hadn’t read a certain style didn’t mean I couldn’t write it. The story was in my hands and I could write absolutely anything as long as it worked in the context of the story, its characters and its world. As adults it is easy to write according to rules. That is not the land of the novel. That is not the land of the creative writer.

3. Problem solving.
My story was rife with problems. Problems of plot. Problems of surrealism. Problems of characters and their arc and timing and sequence. Problems. Every writer knows about them. And there is a tendency to introduce elements or solutions that are cheap and easy outs. Don’t take the cheap outs. Become a problem solver. Sit with the inconsistencies and address them properly. If it requires a full character revision, so be it. If it means you have to rewrite multiple scenes, do it. Whatever you have to do to make your story right, do it. Sometimes this means sitting with a thought and letting your mind work the problem for a day or two. That’s okay. But don’t get in the habit of being in perpetual ‘writer’s block’. Don’t be a victim. Writer’s block isn’t real. It’s just a problem that needs to be solved. Give your mind time to soak the problem then go to work. Writing is supposed to be hard work. Yes, it’s fun, but it’s hard. Get in the habit of writing potential passages; write the same passage four or five different ways if you have to until you find the version that’s right. Rewrites are a part of writing. No more watching that cursor blink! Dive in!

There are so many things I am excited to discuss. Writing methods, thoughts on the art form, generating ideas, and more. I can’t wait to get this book to you along with the books that will follow. I am excited to grow with you, and I believe the best is yet to come.

If there’s one thing I’m learning it’s that we all need encouragement.
None of us can do this thing of life alone. If you are reading this—you are not alone. I’m with you.

Sincerely,
Roman Newell

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