What Does Writer’s Work Really Mean?
What is a typical image of a writer? Well, usually people imagine a writer as a person who sits in a cozy armchair with the air of thoughtfulness on his face; he sips cognac and thinks about the existence. Then he relocates to the table and half an hour later his pen/keyboard produces a masterpiece of modern literature. After that our genius goes to the editor and a month later we can see his novel on the racks of the bookstores with a tag ‘Bestseller’ on it. Another version: a writer is racing to and fro in one end of the room like a lunatic, his hair in mess, his chin unshaven and his mind full of obsessive-compulsive thoughts. Then all of a sudden he hits a pen and starts writing feverishly and several hours later falls asleep, exhausted and jaded. Then his wife enters a room, picks the scripts, reads it and gets thunderstruck by his genius. She grabs the papers and goes to the publishing company where everyone faints because of the brilliance of the novel, and voila – he’s a millionaire!
Nothing of the kind… Each real writer knows what a false chimera these images are because no one can write a masterpiece overnight unless you don’t have a quarter-century experience in some narrow area of knowledge. Every book is a hard work. Long work. Painful work.
What’s the aim of a book? Send a message to humanity, create a very special atmosphere, carry a reader away with the action, and appeal to his imagination – that’s what books are all about. But what a book is? It is nothing but properly structured words and punctuation. Books are supposed to be structured in a very special way in order to awake readers’ fantasy, make their hearts beat faster, their cheeks flush and their thoughts rush about like Brownian particles.
Okay, stay patient. I’m almost there. The point is any language limits imagination because it is quite primitive and, let’s say, two-dimensional, especially colloquial language that we use in everyday life. But life is tree-dimensional, multilayer, multi-subjective and multi-objective. That’s why you can’t decode your thoughts and ideas and stay ‘readable’. But that’s what any author strives for.
Alternatively speaking, you are supposed to write a framework first, something that is clear to you only. And that’s where the writer’s work begins. Next step is to turn this messy stream of consciousness into a structured piece of writing that is clear to anyone. What can you do to achieve this goal?
- Change the word order. The best way to go is to start the sentences with subject and predicate.
- Don’t be afraid to delete the paragraphs and add new ones.
- Add new characters and modify them depending on your needs (kill them, change their personalities, gender, etc).
All in all, translating your mind’s language into a common, laconic and clear-cut language is what I call writing. The point is each author consider his thoughts to be genius, unique and super smart, but in fact these thoughts alone don’t possess any practical use unless they are expressed in a very special way.