It’s OK to be bored

I actually encourage all writers to cultivate a sense of boredom.

That way you’ll know when your writing is just not that interesting.

I recently read a novel (well, not all of it) in which the author gave a long detailed description of a man eating a peach–how the knife cut it into slices, the color and texture of the peach and the way it tasted. I read every word because I was sure it had something to do with the story.

It didn’t.

I suppose it might be interesting to someone who never saw or eaten a peach. If all she wrote was “the man sat down and ate a peach” my mind would have filled in the blanks, knowing full well what it is like to eat a peach.

OK now, before I start to get boring on the subject of peach eating, this post is really about the challenge of writing a historical novel based on the life and times of Saint Francis of Assisi.

I just threw out an entire chapter because it was boring. Being overly concerned with the historical facts stifled my creativity. I had to remind myself that I wasn’t writing a history text book or an unauthorized biography but using another person’s life as a symbol. The greater challenge is to write something that will present a fresh perspective rather than a rehash of everything that’s been previously written.

So, I have to trust my boredom instincts. If I’m bored by my own writing, so will the reader.

I
I

Advertisements

4 comments

  1. Rose Red

    You have a couple of great points here. If it is boring me, it will most likely bore my reader. I just remembered a chapter I wrote during NaNoWriMo that I must delete!

    Good luck. That book is going to be one I want to read.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Vincent Cole

    Thank you Rose Red. Yeah, you don’t want that ‘boring’ chapter on NaNoWritMo to stay there for someone to stumble upon. LOL As I expressed in a previous post about Book being dead, the attention span of people is getting shorter thanks to new technology. If you watch television, count the seconds between shifts in camera angles.Most of the time you don’t notice it – but it’s done for a purpose – simply to keep the viewers attention. As writers we should keep that in mind.

    Like

    • Vincent Cole

      thank you. I hope to have it finished soon – hope is a big word. LOL Over the centuries, Francis of Assisi has been sanitized. My novel attempts to portray his earthly side, as well as his spiritual. (Oh, and I don’t think it’ll be suitable for children. Francis was Italian and had been known to use colorful language to get a point across)

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s