Sunday, 3 April 2011
I was writing while I was
pedalling yesterday. I do this. If I want to write I have to find moments like this. When I try and explain this to the occasional interested individual I can see that I am not believed. You cannot, it seems, pedal a bicycle or tricycle or take a walk or swim or do any other physical activity - and write. Nonsense. I do it all the time. Of course I do not physically write it down but I can have a conversation with a character in my head. I can ask, "Now come on tell me, what exactly did you say on that occasion?" or "What do you mean it did not happen that way?" I try not to mutter to myself as I do this. That might mean getting a worse reputation than I already have. I also endeavour to watch not just the traffic but the occupants of the vehicles. "You did not wave!" is a serious accusation, a breach of protocol, a slight that is not lightly forgiven. "Sorry, I was writing" is not an acceptable excuse. All this makes writing while pedalling rather more difficult but I cannot help myself. So far I have not ended up going in the opposite direction to the one I intended but it has been a near thing. "Now where am I going? Just stop thinking about writing for a moment and get this straight." It is when I get to my destination that things get really interesting. I have been known to stand outside and scribble something down. I will write something down while waiting at the bank or in the post office - it is never more than a few words. I rarely look at them again. The act of writing them down is usually enough for me to remember them and what I meant by them. It does not always work that way of course. I do not always remember. If my concentration is interrupted then I can find it impossible to go back to what I was doing. That happens frequently when I am out and about. Yesterday I had to go to a meeting. I arrived and went in pen and notebook at the ready. I wanted to write down just one word. Almost immediately someone tried to speak to me and then I heard the absolutely magic words from someone else, "Shhhh...wait a moment. Cat's writing something."