Paul Lisicky from the 2paragraphs Writers Interviews: What Do You Like Least About Being A Writer?
The painter lifts and lowers his brush. He steps back from his canvas, rubs the paint from his hands with a rag. He breathes, moves. Aware of his arms, legs, feet. As for the writer? The lowly writer is doomed to the chair. The single view ahead of him. He has to be indoors--usually. I am a person who hates to be indoors, hates to sit down for extended stretches. I want to be out with the animals. Is there a problem here?
I write on planes, trains. I write in my head, in the car. At least that gives me the illusion of motion. It helps to take me out of the cage of the brain. Once I gave myself the assignment of writing a very short story as I walked on the beach toward an inlet far ahead. I passed a ghost crab, stopped, pecked a sentence or two into my phone. I passed pelicans flying full speed over breakers--another sentence. By the time I reached the inlet I had a semblance of that very short story. I thought I'd solved something. I wanted to believe that it could be like this from the here on out, but Writing wants the chair, which always has a harder plan in mind.
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