On Tuesday we were talking about Sarah Wynde and a blogpost she wrote that helped me to focus and verbalize my philosophy for writing.
It is a take off of Kurt Vonnegut and off of Sarah Wynde.
That philosophy being:
Passages need to move the action forward OR reveal or arc character OR relationships and overall I need to create a world I want to live in, at least for a while.
In her comment on my Tuesday blogpost - Sarah added this about her philosophy on writing (her philosophy being a work in progress); “I’ve realized that it has to include something about fun, because for me, and for what I want to write, a scene simply because it’s entertaining works.”
A scene simply for entertainment works for me, also but I’m not sure I need to actually spell that out in my philosophy because, for me, any world I want to live in for a while would have to have moments of fun in it
I talked about how realizing this freed me because it was paralyzing me to think that the sole purpose of every sentence was to move the story along.
In the comments from that same Tuesday blogpost of mine, Delia made a valid point which helps me now. I've heard it before but it didn't help when I was paralyzed:
“But for me it’s important to note that you don’t need to get that nitty gritty about it until revisions.” Delia Moran
See, I didn’t even want to write passages if I knew that I was going to have to cut every single thing that did not move the story along when I went to revise.
I write moments that define or arc character.
I write moments / scenes that are just for fun / entertainment.
I don’t mind revising, really I don’t. But it is not fun for me to write if I think I’m going to have to take out every bloody thing that is strictly for fun, romance building or bonding my characters with my readers.
And, frankly, it doesn’t make sense for me to write like that because I like to read books with such passages in them.
Why would I write a book that I don’t want to read?
If you are a writer, do you write books you would want to read?
If you are a reader, have you noticed, do your books have passages just for fun, romance, etc? Do you read those passages? Do you like them?