Sunday, 22 May 2011

Writing is like giving birth to a piano sideways. Anyone who perseveres is either talented or nuts.

I have to admit something here...

When I saw the name Flannery O'Connor, who said the above, I thought it was a man.

But I guess if I'd thought about it long enough, I'd have worked out that men aren't experts on giving birth - not even to babies, never mind pianos.

Here she is, anyway:

Now, in order to salve my conscience for being so ignorant, I'll have to find some of her work and read it.

The quote seemed right for today, because today I'm trying to write a comedy script.

That's the trouble...TRYING.

I think I can MAKE myself write a drama because in order to do that all you need is a story and an ability to string sentences together. (That's everso slightly underplaying the work entailed...)

But comedy? You have to be FUNNY as well...

Hence...giving birth to a piano sideways.

Actually, one of my favourite films EVER is The Piano.


I wonder if Jane Campion suffered much pain giving birth to it?

And it wasn't even a comedy...