The title of this piece is a quote from the late, great American brainy bugger Gore Vidal. I’m not sure how seriously I actually believe it, but a little pang of…something…went through me yesterday when a friend contacted me to tell me that a novel he’d written (and that I was lucky enough to read in manuscript form) was now fully completed and ‘out there’. So, before we go further – check out ‘The Ironlane Detective’ by Paul Witham. Congratulations Paul – you deserve it and I wish you many sales and the beers will be on you!
Don’t get me wrong – I’m lucky to know a lot of very creative people – film makers, craftspeople, writers, musicians, software developers, radio presenters, gardeners, woodworkers, painters, actors, comedians – and I love hearing from them as to how they’re getting on. It’s just that….well….I don’t seem to have the knack myself. I have the odd creative splurge every now and again, but it never seems to blossom in to the creative outpourings that many people I know achieve. Which is odd because in my 20s I turned out books by the box full and articles for the technical press by the dozen – of course, that was in those glorious, pre-Internet days when there were definitely fewer distractions for those of us with butterfly minds!
I think that that is my problem – focus! I know that when I do set my mind to something I can get it done. I’m often reminded of Dr Johnson’s comment “Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.” with regard to my way of managing myself. I need to be prodded!