Today I’m going to “talk” about writing (maybe it would be more correct to “write” about writing, but that repetition was not going to let me sleep). Writing is an art, a job and a risky sport and, even if you don’t believe it, I am not exaggerating. When you write there are a series of things that happen to your body and your mind, whether you write by hand or typed, which are worth mentioning.
Before I start I want to make it clear that I do not take drugs nor am crazy (the voices in my head tell me that I am normal).
- If you spend a lot of time typing, you get to a point where your fingers get stuck, they get hooked and they hurt. This not only makes you go much slower, but, eventually, you will need a resting period for your fingers to recover.
- On the other hand, if you decide to write by hand something very curious happens. As we are no longer used to handling a pen, the use of it ends up making the fingertips soften and resent as if you had press them through a sandpaper after having then several hours under water. No kidding, they even get wrinkled!
- There is another problem related to your eyes. If you are short of sight, like me, you may unconsciously bend yourself to stick to the screen in order to see better (imagine the back pain derived from that nefarious posture). Yes, glasses solve it, but many times we don’t wear them and we don’t feel like getting up to pick them.
- Finally, there is a large number of people in the world that are not able to keep the paper straight when writing by hand; instead we turn it more and more until it is horizontal. Once again the posture ends up being horrible and the back suffers.
- When writing a novel or a story you have to spend a lot of time creating the characters, so before we start writing, we should be able to know them better than we know ourselves. This takes time and work. In the end, you as a writer live within the history of your characters and they live in your head.
- It is not unusual for me to talk about one of my characters as if it were real, as if it were my closest friend. It is not unusual to ask them questions out loud or talk to them.
- Those characters become real to us for a small period of time, they are like people who go through our lives and leave a strong mark.
- The characters are living entities that evolve throughout story and require unplanned changes (who am I to deny them?).
- In summary, while we are planning and writing a story, we writers travel to a different world in which we are in the company of the beings that we have created. That is the reason of the exaggerated clumsiness and the lack of chronic attention in the creation processes.
Having said all this, it is possible that more than one is thinking:
I think you should go to the psychologist.
And why the hell are you still writing?
Well, as I said at the beginning, all this is completely normal, I don’t take drugs nor I’m crazy, so I don’t think I need professional help, at least not in this aspect of my life.
On the other hand, it is true that writing is an art, a job and a risky sport; but above all it is a great passion. I can’t imagine the rest of my life without writing and for that reason I will not stop doing it.