Joe Lansdale ha scritto e detto molto sull’argomento scrittura, e sempre con generosità e modestia, com’é nella sua natura. Il 28 dicembre del 2020 ha pubblicato qualcosa che mi è sembrato davvero bello e utile. Vorrei condividerlo qui, come lo ha scritto lui, con la stessa spaziatura. Poiché sono molto interessanti anche i commenti e le risposte che fornisce ai suoi lettori, in fondo lascio il link a questa sua pagina.
The most important thing I learned as a writer was to work from the subconscious. This sounds easy, and pretty much is once you are able to tap into it, but it takes practice. The subconscious is thought of as disorganized, and I suppose it can be, but I’ve found that since I don’t plot my work, unless working in collaboration with others, where you kind of have to, that learning to rely on the subconscious is necessary, and though you may not be plotting in a conventional way, there’s still plotting going on, but you are not as aware of it.
There’s a lot of stuff there in the subconscious, and the disorganized materials have to be trained to line up, and this is a primary duty of the conscious mind, which for me works best after the subconscious has sorted things, and has in fact done a lot of secret plotting. The conscious mind scrapes off the edges, jettisons the useless, the materials that will not work in your story. Sometimes, however, the dream like aspects of subconscious thinking, meaning the sort of thing where it all makes sense while dreaming, but not so much when awake, may have their purpose, may give your story a specific feel that can make a mundane scene seem more luminous.
Reading novels, stories, comics, non-fiction and viewing films, TV shows, are fuel for the subconscious, as well as talking with others, if by phone, email or in person. Before Covid, one of my joys was sitting and talking with people and hearing their stories. Having other interests besides writing and reading are important as well. For me it has been martial arts, even though I can’t do much during Covid, as far as training my students, I have a martial artists mind, which I believe is about curiosity, free form, and learning what truly works, for you, through trial and error.
I have said before, to be the kind of writer you want to be, you have to write for you. Write like everyone you know is dead, so that you don’t worry about what others think. It’s about what you think. If you write for yourself, at least in my personal experience, you do better. Writing for yourself doesn’t mean it’s good, but with time you are more likely to arrive at the place you want to go, where the material is good.
I found that if I sat down to plot in a conventional manner, I would look at the ceiling, think about what was out in the yard, which books I wanted to read, and nothing developed other than boredom or some forced idea that was about as exciting as being forced to sit on and hatch a chicken egg. But, during the day, if I could learn to relax and think about anything but story, ideas would develop, and certainly at night a seed would be found. I don’t immediately try and whip it into shape. I let it spill out, and after all these years my subconscious has learned to give me a story, and each day when I awake it has sorted it for me. I try to quit writing when I feel there are at least fumes in the tank, then start afresh the next day.
I try to write only about three hours a day. I stay fresh that way, and don’t get so tuckered out that next day I do nothing. I set a reasonable number of pages. Three to five. I nearly always achieve that, or more. Sometimes a lot more. I let the idea flow, but I never let it turn into a vomit draft, which doesn’t work for me at all, which explains the short work space daily. I polish as I go. I avoid multiple drafts, and when it’s all done I do a polish. I work better that way.
Do I ever violate this? Of course. I’m a grown man. I can make decisions. Have I ever been let down by my subconscious. From time to time it will take a holiday and will fail to leave contact information. Still, there is enough residue in the house of my subconscious, I can on my worst day write a story. It may require more of my conscious mind than my subconscious during those periods, and I don’t like it, but I can write a professional story. Sometimes the residue in my subconscious actually gives me a far better one than I expected.
That’s the next trick. Showing up. I try to work five to seven days a week, and it takes something special to throw off that approach. Even on holidays, by working my short burst, in the morning, as soon as I wake up, I can be through for the day and any plans for the holidays are pretty much on course. Again, there are exceptions, but not many.
When I worked other jobs, I had to be sure and work either in the morning or afternoon or night. It might only be an hour in the morning, or an hour at lunch time, usually less, and primarily I read during that time or listened to people talk and tell stories, some of them wonderfully mundane. I enjoyed those too. Then at night I would work some more.
But now, after forty-seven years of writing, and now reaching forty years of full-time writing, I have been able to work my method successfully. I love writing. It can be hard sometimes, but mostly I find it fun. I think you should. It beats working in the aluminum chair factory and suits me right down to a tee.
I also bring a lot of my prewriting experience into my subconscious, let it bunch up until it wants out, and go for it. I borrow from my life, that of others, stories I’ve heard, etc., and then I make the rest of it up, or at best, my subconscious does. It seems far more clever than the conscious mind.
Wake up. Explode on paper with whatever comes to mind, and over time what comes to mind will make more sense. Sometimes just a line, or a deep memory or thought will blossom into a story idea. For me, nine times out of ten, after years of tapping into the subconscious, when I put my fingers on the keys, it’s like a sensation of being electrified, and away I go.
Again, this is my method. It might work for you, or might even help you find a method that works for you. I will say this. This method has been good to me.
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