All Over The Place (Again)

There are some scenes that appear over and over in my fiction. One of the scenes I’ve tried to write a number of times is the scene at the Nine Inch Nails concert I attended in January 1995. And I’ve gotten close sometimes, but I’ve never gotten all the way there. On Friday, it came time to add that scene into the novel. I looked back on the description I wrote of the scene on this website a little while back. I’d been pretty satisfied with that little passage, and so, I used it for inspiration.

I think it’s only after you’ve tried a scene like that a number of times that you really start to get the feel of it. And, even on the level of individual sentences, I feel like I got it this time. People were jumping overhead, the crowd was marching down the stairs to the floor below—the chaos of it all was finally there. I felt really good. I felt like I had gotten it.

I’m working really hard on this thing and I wish that I were more adept at describing my process. I think that this would be a great forum for describing how a writer goes about doing what he does. We finally did watch Finding Neverland tonight and it was during those scenes between James and Peter, where James is telling him what a writer does, and the tools that a writer needs, that my interest was piqued. I think the character describes it so simply, and so profoundly, and that’s the sort of thing I wish I could do.

Alas, most of the writing in this world that is about writing is terrible. There are scores of books on how to write your novel, how to write this, and how to write that. And, in general, they do as little for young writers as Saturday morning infomercial products do to help people lose weight. So, perhaps I shouldn’t be longing to contribute to the pile of dreck.

I am just going to make a more concerted effort to write about my writing in a more descriptive way from now on. I talk about it vaguely a lot, and that’s as unsatisfying for me as I imagine it must be for others. The devil is in the details, as the saying goes, and I’ve got to remember that more often.