Monday, January 17, 2011

David J Normoyle: Being cool

While struggling with snowboarding, I once tried to find out how it was better than skiing? Apparently, it's because it's cooler.

Where am I going with this? Well, I have a confesssion to make. You see, I'm not a real writer. Fraid not. Real writers love to write. They get up early, chug out two thousand words before breakfast, spend the morning thinking about their characters and plotlines, and then sneak in an extra five hundred words during lunchbreak.

Me? I decide to sit down and write, and immediately get up and start looking for something else to do. Anything on TV? Anything on the internet? Any bills to pay? Toilets to clean? Yup, anything that needs or doesn't need doing gets slotted in ahead of writing. So how is there cover art in this post about a book that will be published in two weeks with my name on it? How come I recently finished the first draft of my next one? (And how many questions can I fit in one paragraph?)

Well, because I dreg through my willpower and force myself put a word down, then another and so on. Why? Because I'm good at it and have stories to tell. And because having a novel with your name on it, how bloody cool it that?

I've never been the cool kid. So, I beg of you--never tell me it's not cool to be a writer. I'll have to take up snowboarding.


Anonymous said...

David, firstly, congratulations on your great choice for being 'good' - you rock as a writer! Not so sure about the snowboarding thing though. Keep on punching those books out, David - you have found what you're good at and I salute you!

Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz said...

David, Crimson Dream was a great read and I wish you success with your future writing.

AnneMarie Brear said...

Love the honesty! LOL
Good luck with everything you do, even snowboarding!

Cellophane Queen said...

A base canard! Real writers end up with books. Makes no difference if they write once a week or two words a day.

I'm pretty much like your paragraph #3 except I've managed to write eight or nine books while avoiding writing as much as possible. Oh, well.

Lin said...

David, I only JUST finished doing your cover blog, and may I say, for someone who doesn't write, you write well. David himself was a tremendous help in putting into his own words what may have been in his blurb form, but he chose to give me his own take instead.

I LOVE your non-writers voice David and know you are COOL!

Rosalie Skinner said...

It is reassuring to know there are other writers out there who don't feel like writers. Knowing that having a book about to be published makes one 'cool' is even better.
Keep on forcing out words David. Sounds like you have found your calling.
Snowboarding might be cool... but how is your pain threshold?

David J Normoyle said...

Thanks for the comments.

@Penny, thanks for the compliment and thanks for your help with the book.

@Marva, So I'm not the only procrastinating writer. And one with nine books. You give me hope.

@Lin, thanks again for the cover blog.

@Rosalie, you're right, my low pain threshold does keep me off the snowboard.

Wendy said...

Hi David,
How refreshing to find a writer with the same concerns as me. I dislike sitting down to write, too, because I sweat blood over every sentence. I know that nasty little voice in my head will immediately say, 'You can't do it. See, that's the wrong word and you won't find the right one in the dictionary. Wait until you have more time.' In fact I'll go as far as to say I hate writing. BUT I love having written. For me, the satisfaction of getting that story on paper is equal to achieving the impossible. That's why I have 3 novels I am redrafting now. It took me 5 years to finish my novel at MIU and I love living in it when I read, even in its unedited form. Can't wait to see how wonderful it will be after it receives an editor's magical touch.
David, I think I'd rather torture myself with a NaNo project than attempt snowboarding, cool or not.:)