Well, if as a budding writer you are experiencing this emotion, now or have in the past, then let me give you a very warm welcome to the club!
Ahh, writing books, short stories, articles, poetry, possibly even scripts will all take up a lot of your time, much of this time being spent alone. This is the world of the writer, regardless of what type of project you are working on. You have probably got more than one thing going on at the same time, which means again time spent alone. I don’t know about you but I personally prefer to write when it is really quiet with as few disturbances as possible, except for some background music of course. This seems somehow to aid the thinking process. See my post Soul and the City for more on the inspiring quality of music.
However, the opposite might be true for you. Let me guess, you prefer a cafe, a laptop at your favourite park with small children and the pet dog running around. Or maybe you prefer the full-blown racket of your family milling around at home! Doesn’t sound very conducive to writing but hey, we are all different!
So the world of writing involves a lot of aspects for example research which could include telephone calls, planning and organising what you plan to say. For the most part these are very solitary pursuits; and don’t forget lots of thinking. You can now see why you can feel lonely as a writer. It feels that it is only you and your keyboard against the world, especially when you are at the beginning of a project! When all you can see is the task ahead, and perhaps your writing mojo has gone on its annual summer holiday! Very, very lonely and isolating!
So what can you do? The main thing to remember is that actually you are not alone. Lots of us writer types are experiencing the same thing. It’s normal. That is the nature of this particular art if you ask me. If it helps, during these times just think of the end result; all those people nodding their heads as they read your piece and are totally impressed. Think of the money or even the fame! Do you know the Clint Eastwood film, The Bridges of Madison County was taken from a book penned by the author Robert James Waller? I’ve read the book and seen the film several times by the way.
Just think, Robert James Waller, didn’t give in to feelings of loneliness and possibly even boredom, and look where that got him! So neither should you. You cannot tell at this stage where your writing might lead you. It works for me (some of the time)!
Until next time, S