Locking myself into The Little Room for at least the night, and maybe the weekend. I have provisions. I have the words inside my head. Now it's a battle against the demons who would strike down my very own creativity. (These demons are within me, and I can recognize them. Perhaps I am fortunate in recognizing my own demons. We all have them -- our respective demons to take care of, in one way or another. For me, it's a delicate balance. They never go away completely, but if I can keep them at arm's length, I'm okay.)
I have Eleanor on my side, and she's a strong character, as many of you know already.
Now I need to channel her strength. -- Geoff
"All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath."
-F. Scott Fitzgerald,
from an undated letter to his daughter Scottie.
To Reach The Green Light At The End Of The Pier
FOR AS LONG AS IT TAKES: "We are saving ourselves through the words," says Eleanor, the leading lady of a novel-in-progress. This exploration into the creative process -- which includes plenty of distractions/tangents /thoughts & rants by Eleanor, her Biographer, and selected guest artists -- will continue until Eleanor is certain her story is "right." (But we dare not jump ahead of ourselves.)
There will be the occasional typo (as Eleanor points out), and much of this is intended to be "original draft" -- what comes out of our mouths (heads) first, and then set down in that order. Not all of it will be included in the novel, but all of it is happening in real time.
ELEANOR says: "Please turn the page. Keep reading."
For more of Eleanor and her Biographer -- as well as the work of our many guest artists -- check out the older postings. "Everything is part of the process, and the process is the journey," Eleanor says.