Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Writing is Solitary

The Bing dictionary defines solitary as ‘done without the company of other people’. As I thought about this, I realized that is exactly what someone experiences when he or she writes.

Writing is a lonely hobby. For me, the story bounces around in my head. I formulate the story's plot points and characters just by being alone and thinking. Sometimes I do this while I’m driving to work. Other times, I do it as I’m falling asleep. Sometimes I’m making an outline of specifics of the story on paper or the computer. But never am I conversing about what I want to write, unless I’m in the editing stages, and I’m getting suggestions for improvement from a third party. So overall, I write my stories in solitary.

This aspect of writing is intriguing to say the least. Because through the loneliness of writing, I find myself enjoying the company of the characters and story I am writing. They start to become very real. Writing can be a lonely hobby or career, but your mind keeps you occupied nonetheless.

This made me think of another wonderful thing for writers. As we get older, we may start to go crazy. As we have trained our minds to think on their own and create stories and characters, we’ll never run out of things to think about, characters to talk to, or places to go because in our mind, we’ll be able to go their.

They say solitary can drive a person insane, and maybe writing can do that. And if it does, a writer can be glad that he’s trained his brain to enjoy the insanity he experiences.

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