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The Oneliness of the Long Distance Writer January 22, 2009

Posted by Onely in Dating, Food for Thought, Great Onely Activities.
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I’ve been thinking about how writing is so solitary. And about how writing is such a slow process.  Solitary plus slow equals lots of time spent by myself, perhaps–perhaps!–even more than suits my introverted nature.

‘Course maybe my writing goes slowly because I spend so much time staring at the screen thinking about how my writing goes slowly. When I’m working on a particularly grueling, stubborn, stiff-dictioned story, I sometimes wonder if it’s worth the effort. Writing one polished page may take hours (Joyce Carol Oates, bite me) before it’s ready to be submitted to some publication that may or may not want it, more likely the latter.

Would my time be more wisely spent going out with my friends? Sometimes I wonder this, when I’m sitting wedged between my laptop and my massage chair (I know, poor me), typing at an average rate of one click per minute–and that’s if you include all my backspaces. (more…)

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