For my previous post I really had to think hard to define my blogging philosophy. While I was thinking it occurred to me that I’d be equally hard-pressed to say something about my general writing philosophy. Isn’t that a shameful revelation? Should I be embarrassed?
As a novelist I give lots of thought to story ideas, plot development, setting, description and conflict. I’ve occasionally answered the question of why I write. But my philosophy of writing? The attitude, viewpoint, values, and beliefs behind my writing? Should there be some kind of concise statement that can be whipped out of my wallet or tacked up above my desk? If the answer is yes, I’m in big trouble!
I don’t think much about such abstracts. I just write. Whoever coined the phrase, analysis paralysis understood the devastation of thinking too much. Wikipedia suggests “the sheer quantity of analysis overwhelms the decision-making process itself, thus preventing a decision.” (It’s the opposite of extinct by instinct, “making a fatal decision based on hasty judgment or a gut-reaction.”)
Picture me slumped into my chair, fingers lingering passively on the computer keys. I can’t begin writing until I can identify my philosophy of writing. My mind is twisted into an agony of indecision. The monitor remains blank.
Am I a fraud if I can’t define my philosophy of writing? Without one am I not a real writer at all? Oh, dear! This is becoming too complicated. I’m heading off to contemplate the severity of the situation. I may have to re-think the day’s plan to work on my current novel.
Am I alone in my dilemma? Do you have a philosophy of writing? (Yes or no doesn’t work here. If you have one please reveal it. I need inspiration.)