Since take-off I’ve been on my laptop writing. Revising, editing and adding. The whole nine yards. I’ve had dinner, the lacto-ovo vegetarian special meal. I’ve watched the in-flight movie, apparently called “Safe Haven” or some such, adapted from a Nicholas Sparks novel at which I naturally rolled my eyes.
I didn’t listen to it, just followed it on-screen every now and then, getting a gauge of the plot without a need for the dialogue. It turns out that I could follow the story remarkably well.
I am not a Nicholas Sparks fan by any means. The only movie adapted from any of his many books I ever really watched and enjoyed was “The Notebook”. Everything else I found way too cheesy just from watching the respective movie trailers and therefore never bothered to see.
Yet, I can’t help but wonder what his books are like and how he writes them. As an educational experience I am therefore going to read “The Notebook”. The majority, if not all, of his books have been adapted into movies.
Whilst I am not the target audience and have little desire to do what he does, I am still curious.
In the last two weeks I’ve barely managed to write. I am incredibly annoyed by that and should it turn out that my new job, once I have it, will take away from my writing time, I may have to re-evaluate the situation.
We’ll see. I am overcompensating and have probably written 3000 words since we’ve taken off. Or will have by the time we land.
I have a million and one thoughts and now that I finally manage to switch off from what pre-occupied my mind for the last weeks, I can follow each and every one of them and write.
You’ll find that I am posting this four days after I started writing, which was on the plane. I’ve been recovering from my trip and getting back into “reality” and thought I should finish this quickly.
Needless to say I’ve not managed to figure out in the meantime how one writes. I sort of know how I am doing it, but I might be totally going wrong. Maybe I should call myself a “writer in training”. That’s what it feels like anyway.
I almost don’t dare to admit that I’ve hardly read on my business trip either. I am digging into it again now, but for two weeks I had little time and no inclination to read, because my head was too full of other things and then I was too tired.
I’m going to have to promise myself that this won’t happen again otherwise I’ll have to quit my day job.
Seriously, man, priorities!