Should I “waste” my time on experimental writing?
Yes! Okay, so you can see I’ve already made my mind up. Maybe you want a little more though? Fine, come on in!
Not enough hours in the day
There really isn’t is there? I struggle to get projects finished and here I am thinking of something wacky (but kinda cool) that couldn’t possibly make it onto a bookshelf. Despite this I’ve decided to go ahead with it anyway, and although I’m not completely neglecting the other project I’ve got on the go, it’s fair to say that time has been taken away.
A welcome distraction
But what can I say? I’m a sucker for a funky writing idea (I wish I was even remotely capable of doing this), and at least this one is brief, and not an all-consuming über project.
But it is a distraction. How do I justify it?
- It’s fun. Yay, happy play time!
- It’s a new set of challenges. Although I believe any writing will improve your writing, it’s sometimes fun to look at something from a different angle and get different parts of your writing mind working.
- A change is as good as a rest. And sometimes you need a rest. A change of writing scenery can help you recharge your batteries.
How much is too much?
So you can see I don’t mind wandering off the path every now and again, if the project is exciting and brief enough. But it does rather pose the question, where do you draw the line?
I can’t really answer that. I can tell you where I think it is for me, but it might be different for you. How much do you want to have your “normal” book published? How much do you like experimental projects? Maybe you live for them!
As for myself, I’m making sure I still work on my other piece, even if time on it is reduced. I want to avoid that temptation of putting it away and working on something else proper. And like I said, this is a brief experiment. If after a couple of weeks I haven’t finished it, I’m just going to drop it – it’s not that important to me.
Have you got any writing experiments you’re particularly proud of? Is it online? If so I’d love to see it, and I’m sure others would too, so please post in the comments!