Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

"Writing is Just What Some People Do, Whenever They Stop Writing About It."

"When there is no writing out there to speak for itself, the writer talks about writing. Maybe they write a story about it. Or an essay. Or they read a story/essay about writing, which is an elegant way of avoiding writing, because it provides a writerly fog that nearly simulates writing itself. It’s all very tiresome, because of course you can’t properly write about writing — you just drone on about 'the process,”'or your close attention to the texture of this world, or your drinking problem, or whether MFA programs destroyed the craft (as if there was anything to destroy). Leaving aside the obvious benefits of a good writing workshop — deadlines, clashing viewpoints, sex — it’s clear they feed the fantasy that writers can coexist at a single set of coordinates. They allow a frivolous, narrow habit to resemble a vocation."
Shots, fired.

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Murgatroid (#2,904)


Mr. B (#10,093)


katherine (#10,025)

Excellent use of screenshot.

C_Webb (#855)

Smiling while thinking about what to write seems somehow akin to smiling while eating salad. (DON'T YELL AT ME JOLIE I LIKE SALAD!)

keisertroll (#1,117)

@C_Webb Smiling while thinking about writing is a side effect of the lobotomy. Also gerunds.

propertius (#361)

1. Come up with a book title.
2. Review it.

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

That's some good trolling.

Smells like August is here early!

keisertroll (#1,117)

I need to get my ass in gear; stop reading about writing about writing, and actually write about writing.

HiredGoons (#603)

@keisertroll: I'm beginning to think my mockumentary about a re-make of 'Weekend' is a bad idea.

I can't tell if I agree because it's so disorganized but there is something to be said about the tendency to review a style or market aspect rather than the content of books but I think that's somewhat exaggerated and the rest is referent-free BS. So, yeah, kinda trolly.

"Marge said she didn't care to go with them to San Remo. She was in the middle of a 'streak' on her book. Marge worked in fits and starts, always cheerfully, though it seemed to Tom that she was bogged down, as she called it, about seventy-five percent of the time, a condition that she always announced with a merry little laugh. The book must stink, Tom thought. He had known writers. You didn't write a book with your little finger, lolling on a beach half the day, wondering what to eat for dinner."

Spencer Lund (#2,331)

I hope someone is writing about this on their blog.

iplaudius (#1,066)

- Plays about playwrights writing plays or actors putting on plays
- Musicals about musical-theater "people" making musicals
- Verse about verse forms (sonnets about sonnets, etc.)

@iplaudius Rapsters rapping about rappering.

bennimaddi (#314)

serious writers on the other hand write about writing about writing. another thing they do is play with their hair / experiment with various products / contemplate their brand.

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