A Major Earth-shattering development in my writing career
The guy who writes the crossword puzzle does not enjoy the mystery of doing the puzzle when he encounters it in an airline magazine. It is so completely known and without mystery that he cannot get any entertainment value from it. He can do other people’s puzzles and have fun, but never his own.
As I write the scene summaries, I lose all mystery about this novel. Maybe the characters will surprise me and maybe the scene will show me something I have never seen before, but once I write it, no more WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!!! for the Timster. This has come as a big shock to me today. It struck me as profound enigma when Jim Butcher said in a lecture on his writing process; “By the time I am finished with the novel, I hate it.” This shocked me and caused my radar to go up (the most profound truths when first encountered are seen to be enigmas . . . Coleridge) and two weeks later I have my answer. For now, I will refer to this new thing as; “THE PUZZLEMAKER’S DILEMMA.” Writing does not contain the thrilling joy of constant revelation that reading provides. Writing’s joys are different. It is a different world from reading. As a drill I read a Steven King novel yesterday afternoon and got halfway through and told Eiko that I was attempting to track his scene setup and breakdown style as a drill to hone my own skill but I lost my rational perspective and was taken over by the story and was caught up in the fear, thrill, adventure, exuberance and dread of the story that is so finely crafted by this guy.