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Is that always the case? I think so—at least in some sense.
When I hear other writers say that writing is an act of discovery, a journey, I go, "Yeah, that's right—that's what I've been doing. Even if you can't find it? Even if you can't find it—but, of course, you must try. What's the most frustrating part of that?
I mean, discovery is what you do—and you enjoy doing that—but at the same time, what's the most frustrating part of that search? Well, frustration is a given, and rather than be set back by frustration, I use it. I dance with it. I incorporate it into the project. I have known from the beginning of my writing career that frustration is part of the bargain, and I never let it stop me.
I feel fueled by it sometimes. How many times have you doubted that bargain—your choice in pursuing a writing career? No, I've never doubted that I would pursue this line of work. My biggest frustration has come from certain editors who didn't know what I was up to, but even then I never dwelled on it.
I never went around and beat my head against a wall.
I've never got drunk and decided, "Well, to hell with them. And I think this attitude comes from being an athlete. All athletes know that you don't win all the time—that a lot of the time you miss.
Having been a baseball player, I take great consolation in knowing that I can fail. I could fail seven times out of ten and still hit three hundred, right? Ted Williams failed seven out of ten, and he's in the hall of fame. And, of course, there is the practice analogy. You have to like practice.
Yeah, you have to like practice. You have to like rewriting. You find that there's something you want to say, but it's foreign and you're not quite getting it. You're not quite getting it, but you can't leave it alone because you know there's something good in there, maybe, and you find yourself coming back to it.
Sometimes I'll get those real good chills when I say to myself, "This is pretty good! I think I got into this stance by working five years on my first novel, rewriting it completely every year, seeing how it was getting better, learning things.
But after five years I realized that it would probably never be as good on the page as it was in my head, and so I just had to chalk it up as practice, experience, learning.
What did you do with that novel? I put it in a drawer. Do you use parts of it? Oh yea, I've used it. Most of the parts that I've published, I've published as poems. What was the novel about? Oh, it was great!
It was a novel about a sensitive young man living in Detroit, writing his first novel laughter. A sensitive young man who had a lot ahead of him to practice? I never took any creative writing class. The first creative writing class that I entered was one I was to teach. I learned how to write by reading.Port Manteaux churns out silly new words when you feed it an idea or two.
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Welcome to First Practice At First Practice our goal is to be the consumers first choice for baseball and softball practice equipment, delivering superior equipment of outstanding quality and durability at the best value. Oct 07, · Gary Gildner: "First Practice" Last week Gary Gildner visited campus for a reading and meetings with my poetry writing class as well as other students in the creative writing program.
Gildner has been to Valparaiso University in the past, and once again his relaxed conversational style of discussing the writing process appeared appealing.
Jim has also written extensively about food. He has co-authored two cookbooks, is a founding member of the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi, and has won awards for his food writing from the James Beard Foundation and the Association of Food Journalists.
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