A friend of mine asked me recently, “What does it feel like to write?” This question caught me off guard. How do you explain what it feels like to breathe? But I’ve realized that most people don’t love writing (just like I don’t love math :) They are genuinely curious what the process is like.
Every writer is different, but this is what writing “feels” like to me. At the very best of times writing feels like—remembering. It is simply recalling words that are already written on my mind. They flow easy and effortlessly. There is no force, no effort, no struggle. Only the absoloute perfection of knowing you are writing exactly what you mean to say.
At the worst of times it “feels” like trying to turn water into wine. The words fight me at every turn and refuse to perform how I envision. It is at these times that I pull back.
When the words or the story fight me I have to wonder—Am I taking my story in a direction it doesn’t want to go? Is my story already complete and just waiting for me to get back on track so I can remember it again? Sometimes I really think that my story really is already created somewhere in my psyche, and it is up to me to remember it.
What do you think? Do you ever feel like you are remembering your story?