Friday, September 20, 2013
Novelists: Fools for Hire
True confession: It's been awhile since I've done any fiction writing (besides revision). And once my foot heals, I'll be applying for a must-brush-your-teeth before-noon job. That does not mean I will stop writing.
Maybe I could evict those voices in my head, as Latayne wrote about on Wednesday, or I could apply my hard-won discipline to something that doesn't include rejection letters or heartless (but honest) reviews.
But I know myself better than that. I won't give up writing when I get a job. I'm a storyteller down to my genes. The form is still up for grabs (I'm taking a flash fiction class at the Breathe Writers Conference), but the stories are not.
And all six of the stories on my to-be-written list are a bit silly, close to the edge, very different from what I've written so far. This makes my heart beat faster and my pits sticky.
Ms. Rice is more than correct when she says we must risk making fools of ourselves to write. Whoever thought a story about a wannabe wizard would capture our imaginations, or a story narrated by Death, or any story that begins in the imagination of the writer.
Do you agree with Ms. Rice? Must we risk making fools of ourselves to write a story? What does this mean to you?