Thursday, 26 February 2009

Writing is hard

Writing is indeed hard. Not just the process of putting one word after another, getting a plot and story together, creating the characters and ensuring they gel well with the story, which sometimes may come as difficult for a writer anyway, even after years of practice. But at the moment for me, what is particularly hard is the process of writing itself.

I face problems currently writing, whether by keyboard, pen or pencil, or PDA. With my ongoing sight problems, I find it difficult to write. Angie assists me often, and has helped type up these blogposts, particularly at my other blog where I mostly do my blogging, but my hope is to get enough sight back to be able to work on a computer for more than about half an hour at a time without my eyes hurting and getting tired. Even then it has to be bold, superlarge size font, just so I can see it.

This means that the horror novel I was working on which I mentioned before, named the Village project for convenience at the moment, has had no progress on it at the moment since the beginning of the month. I had a few ideas for a story or two whilst I've been recovering (one of which was inspired by a dream about the gorgeous actress Naoko Mori, but the less said about that, the better!), but unable to write them at the moment. I tried writing some stuff at size 72 font, but got tired after a paragraph of barely fifty words and had to stop and save, but it was a start.

Even if I don't get my full vision back, it's not the end of the world for my writing career. Other famous writers have had visual impairments: Milton, Ὅμηρος (Homer, although he was actually an orator, not a writer; details, eh?), Sue Townsend, Didymus, Jorge Luis Borges, and James Joyce, for example. Professor Stephen Kuusisto is a brilliant particular example that also stands out.

In the meantime, I'm storing the ideas up, so that when I hopefully get enough sight back, I can write more than a paragraph without getting exhausted. My goal of becoming a published novelist still stands; nothing is going to get in the way. There may be (and in fact currently are!) a few hindrances en route, but I will get there.