A relative who I hadn't spoken to for a few weeks asked me if I was still writing when she got in touch yesterday. It caused me to reflect on where my writing is at presently.
I am writing a novel, For the Best, a title in transition in fact. I am around 13k words into the book and it has taken a long time, longer than anything I've written so far. This could be for one of two reasons. Either I am losing interest in writing and the subject of the book, or, I am endeavouring to produce a better quality finished product, the readers will decide.
In fact I still blog but not 7 days a week, I write poetry but not a couple each week, rather slower. The bottom line is that I am still writing. It is rather like the first time you run a distance race. I remember being cautioned on the start line of the Great North Run in the north east of England, not to set off too quickly, 13 plus miles is a long way. Even so, when the starting gun went off the majority of runners set off too quickly but then settled when they found the pace and space that suited. My writing experience has been rather like that. I was producing two books each year.
I freely acknowledge that the quality of getting the words down was poor, however with time, that quality has improved according to readers. The initial rush was possibly because I felt that the ability to write a novel would leave me - illogical I now know. I still write in the same way and interact with the characters, so signs are good.
Then I came across evidence of the drive that one experiences when it takes hold, in the shape of a truly remarkable young man.
Naoki has autism which is so severe it is classed as non-verbal. In spite of that classification he wrote his first novel, The Reason I Jump, at the age of 13. He finds it difficult to speak, and wrote the entire book using a low-tech Alphabet Grid of Japanese syllables, which he points at one at a time to painstakingly build words. Naoki still uses the same method today and has written Fall down seven times, stand up eight.
This story is available as an audible book.
To continue to write when hampered to such a degree is testament to the colossal drive engaged when one gives in and writes!