Monday, September 26, 2011


Today it's been one of those days. A day when you do a lot of things but in the end you feel like you didn't accomplish much. First, I had to catch up with housework. Then, I needed to try out some new recipes to try to keep my 2 year old interested in healthy food (Herculean task!), after which I had a visit from my dad. To be a good host I made some peanut butter cookies, and burnt the first batch.

When my dad left, the little one wanted to play and somehow, the day flew just like that. Hence why this blog comes late in the day. I now feel tired but don't know why. Yeah, it's one of those days, lol. All along I kept thinking of my writing, and missing it, wanting to be with my manuscript. I love being with my son but apart from that, I wish I had a house fairy to get the cleaning done for me, and a work fairy to get my client projects completed. This would leave me alone with my computer, having fun with my characters. Activist Gloria Steinem made a really good point when she said that “Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else.” Because it's fun!

This Wednesday's interview is going to be with the lovely Cate Masters. I am having such a blast interacting with these authors and finding out more about them. We all have such different paths that we've taken but ultimately it boils down to the same thing - the need to persevere, and the willingness to go out of our comfort zone. Jessamyn West admitted that talent is a good thing to have, but "guts is absolutely necessary" in writing.

So if it's so hard, why do writers do it? Is it a masochistic trait we all share? No, I don't think so. What I really believe is that Graham Greene was on to something when he wrote: “Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those, who do not write, compose, or paint can manage to escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic fear, which is inherent in a human condition.” I agree that writing fiction can be compared to writing a journal. We give traits and dialogue to our characters, inject challenges in the plot, because that particular trait or situation stirs something inside us. At the very least, we enjoy doing it so much that the therapy unfolds in the simple process of writing. It's the same thing as saying that when we laugh, when we are happy, we are actually healing ourselves.

In the end, writing is just a job like any other...lots of hard work, a great deal of thinking, researching and learning, craft rules to abide by - only it's a job we love to love :-D. It's all good as long as it gives us joy.

~ Angela ~
No Rules. No Formulas. Just Love.

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MJKane said...

Love the post! Every day felt like that for me last week!

Yes, writing is a form of healing. My first journey into writing was a healing experience that has since turned into a daily necessity. If can't spend at least thirty-minutes with my characters a day, I get grouchy!

Ask my kids and they'll tell you! I love to sit down with my characters and write about their lives. six books are about six very different women. I have no problem telling you that a part of me is in each and every one. Great, now I sound like I have multiple personalities...LOL.

Cate Masters said...

I have lots of those days! But you're right, writing helps center me again when life frazzles me. Love the Gloria Steinem and Graham Greene quotes - so true!
Can't wait till Wednesday! Thanks so much for having me, Angela.

Pat Azzopardi said...

Yeah i agree hundred percent that its not easy when you cannot express yourself in some form of art...

Angela Guillaume said...

Thanks for popping in, girls. MJ, I know what you mean. When I can't write, especially for a whole week, I get cranky and nervous, too. Cate, that's a good way of saying it, that writing centers you. I am also so happy to have you! Pat, reading is also a way to escape. If you don't write a journal, which is very helpful especially in times of crisis, try to find time for a good book - but get one with a happy ending, one that makes you feel good.

Zee Monodee said...

I get cranky and withdrawn too if I don't write for more than a week, and at the same time, is the apprehension asking me if I will be able to get back to my previous level of proficiency, asking whether or not will I s*ck at this writing business when I do get back to it...

But then you start writing, and you cannot conceive of being or even wanting to be anywhere else but with your ms and your characters!

Hang on in there, babe. We thrive because we don't have easy lives - and that's our true strength! XOXO

Angela Guillaume said...

True, Zee - there are those pesky questions that pop up when we can't seem to step up to the plate. I can't help it...yet, I know the answer deep down. I will hang in there :) x