Being an author is less a race, and more a marathon. We set goals for ourselves along the way that help to guide us in what we hope is the right direction. Occasionally we take faster strides or leaps as we go, but largely we are stuck in the slow slog of writing, editing, submitting, and repeating the process. It can be hard to stay motivated, and you can get distracted along the way. But I have found that sometimes a change in pattern is as good as a holiday. Picking up another genre. Writing from a new location. Creating a different character or world. We do not always follow the same path to make our long walk towards completion for us, and some of us stumble and fall on the way. But the journey is part of the process and the part of the reward. And I feel privileged to be allowed to participate. This month I got to chat with two more adventurers on the path and find out how they managed.
This month's authors:
Cosmin is a deep thinker and a deep writer. He brings to his work his background in counseling and his love of art. I was keen to see what his thoughts were on the writing process.
Given your background in counseling, what would you recommend to help people who are struggling with writer's block or finding it difficult to confront their emotions while they write?
Art is always terrifying because it's always created beyond your edge, beyond what you know and outside of your comfort arena. And in all honest truth it should be like that, if it's not, then it's not art in its fullest sense in my view.
True art takes control of you and everything that it touches and you are just a mere vessel through which that force shines. Any sort of blockage, being the one that you encounter when you try to write something, or the one that makes you unable to confront your emotions, it's an obstruction to creation and it hinders your artistry in every way.
When you encounter such obstruction, the best thing you can do is to embrace it, to love the obstruction, because to enter in any flow state you first need to relax enough so there's nothing in the way of that Force of creation. For it to come through you, for that power to shine through your body in the form of your unique art, that relaxation is a must, and any form of opposition just postpones creation from occurring.
After you learn what are your particular ways of relaxing into that, of dissolving your opposition through embracing the obstruction, you need to PERSEVERE. Someone once told me that for every sketch that Pablo Picasso kept, he threw out 850 drawings. That is a rough estimate but I can confirm that it's not always the case when you pick up a brush, or when you sit down in front of the piano, that you are relaxed enough to create in a way that is satisfying to you. When that happens you need to persevere in order to relax enough so that Creation will start to do its ways with you.
How often do you like to write and where is your favorite writing location?
It depends on what I'm trying to accomplish. I would write lyrics to songs while traveling by train and I would start to write a chapter late at night, realize that I'm too tired and that I need to rest, go to bed and wake up in the middle of the night to continue because some words came to me in my dreams.
But to answer your question, for me the more stormy the weather the more inspiring it is. So I write as often as I have to when I need to finish a project, a book let's say, and when I'm not working with a deadline, I write when the muse comes to me and when my environment is inspiringly stormy.
What do you think is the most artistic part of writing?
Engagement beyond what you can fathom, dissolution of self. That to me is the most artistic part in any artistry. The process through which you are treading towards fields of dreams touched by rays of infinite charm - to say it more poetically.
That is true for every moment if you are sensitive enough to perceive it. That dive, that freefall, not knowing what to expect or what will come out of that, that is LOVE in its largest presence.
When did you start your path as an author, and what decisions have been fundamental in this pathway for you?
That wasn't a made decision, that was a born decision. Since birth I was entangled in the ways of Creation, submerged in every aspect of Art, only to be brought to surface by that force in the form of a Song, a melody or lyric, in the shape of a chapter or in just about any other form of art you can imagine.
I was born with a resilient spirit, and with a 'never give up' heart - these were and are the fundamental pieces that catalyzed this pathway.
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James B Hansom
James became an author by writing down the demons from his past onto the page. His struggles in childhood have become the source of his latest book so I was keen to see what his thoughts were about the process.
In your books, you write about your difficult upbringing and your struggle with mental illness, at what stage in life did you take up writing?
I’ve often used writing as a way of dealing with difficult times; I find that when your head is in a bad place the writing’s fantastic. I guess I first started using it as a tool in that way when I was around the age of 11 or 12 when I was constantly being bounced around children’s homes during the holidays from boarding school; that’s when I first realized that my writing helped others in a similar situation.
What has been the hardest part of the writing process for you and why?
I always leave things for a few days to crystallize in my mind before I begin, then it’s simply a question of transferring it onto ‘paper’; so the actual writing is easy. I guess the hardest part is seeing what you put your heart and soul into culled by the editors; I realize they need to be impartial and a little brutal but it’s still heartbreaking to see whole sections struck out.
When do you like to write - are you an owl or a rooster?
I’ve often found that working is easier when the World is asleep; especially writing as one needs to be completely immersed in that moment of the book’s story. Although it can be horrible during the winter months when one can go for weeks without seeing daylight!
How often do you write and where is your favorite place to do it?
Having moved around for most of my life I don’t have a set place, I’m happy to sit and write anywhere. But in my mind I’m sat in the study of our ‘forever home’ as in the Prologue of the book; I can see it in detail, the wooden paneled walls with our books, my antique burr walnut desk with a green leather inlay with little ink pots. One day ;-)
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I hope you can take a moment to offer support for him by checking out his book, and I extend my thanks for being interviewed!
I wish to thank you for taking the time to read and engage with me! Happy reading everyone! VK Tritschler
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