Lately I’ve been trying to solve some of the problems that regularly crop up during my writing process. Yesterday I got a piece of advice from Terry Mixon during one of the Dead Robots’ Society podcast’s live patreon recordings.
I asked him how he made a project the center of his focus.
Immersion. He immerses in the book and then it takes his attention as a creator for as long as he can give it.
I like that answer (I only paraphrased it here), and am thinking immersion has become a greater and greater challenge for my personality as I’ve aged.
My early books were easier to get lost in while writing them, but only because I was more desperate to not be in my life. Well, I may be happier, but let me be candid: I’m not happy with my life. Yet, I’m more invested in the real world than I’ve ever been.
What an awful state, but I can remedy it. On my recent vacation I read a coupe of different novels to the end just to survive long hours in the car. I can use the same principle to separate myself from my current living situation, in mental terms, by escaping into the books I’m writing.
I need to immerse myself in fiction, now more than ever.
I don’t know if this will be helpful to every reader out there, but it won’t hurt to pay more attention to your work.
That can only improve your writing quality and productivity.
And if you want to immerse in another author’s story world first, mnay I suggest you check out my books here.
Thanks for reading. It’s an honor that your eyes follow these humble lines.