“What are the greatest pleasures of writing fiction?” is the question the interviewer posed to Jennifer Egan and Carmen Maria Machado. This short video, less than three minutes, is very revealing about writer’s process.
Whether fiction or nonfiction, do you find pleasure in writing?
These two authors declare that they are on opposite ends of the spectrum as to how they approach their writing.
Are either of their approaches true for you? While Jennifer seeks “escape” through writing, Carmen enjoys “organizing her mind into a narrative form.” What about you? Or is there something else entirely that guides your writing process?
For me the pleasure in writing comes when I engage “the flow.” Then I feel both compelled and supported. That is when I notice that things in my world become synchronistic. There is a sense of no separation between me, the world, the words on the page. It is both my process of self-discovery and a broader curiosity that propel my writing. The real gift for me comes in being able to share what I’ve learned with others, inspiring them and inviting them to embark upon their own inward journey of self-awareness and integration through writing.
What brings you the greatest pleasure in writing ? What is your “golden door,” your favored entry into writing? If you aren’t sure, consider things you’ve already written and recall how you began and what lead you onward.