Back in ’03, before I left England for a new life in New Jersey, I used to write songs. For the previous fifteen years, I’d been lead singer and played keyboards in a rock band, Gentleman Jones.
Unless you count the tongue-in-cheek interviews I made up for the group’s (now woefully out of date) website, www.gentleman-jones.com, song lyrics were the nearest I came to writing fiction.
We were working on our third (self-produced) album, Veni Vidi Capitulati, when Senior Management and I decided to move to America, otherwise I daresay I’d still be coming up with new guitar riffs, jotting down lyrics and generally yodeling down a microphone on a regular basis.
If there’s one thing writers have in common, it’s that we all choose to put words on paper instead of doing something else.
For me, if I didn’t spend time on writing and writing-related things, I’d be doing something music-related.
How about you?
If you didn’t write, what would you choose to do?