I just ran into some old notes from one of the books I started. Just seeing that, seeing them and getting plunged right back into the person I was when I wrote that, kind of makes me want to cry. In a good way, but cry nonetheless. I suppose it should stir me to finish the book I’m working on now so that I can get back to it.
- and when to break them (of writing, I mean). Without a thorough understanding of the rules, you absolutely cannot break them effectively.
And, one of my personal favorites:
“No day is too busy that you can’t find ten or fifteen minutes to write. Plus, getting into the habit of doing it every day will help on those days when you Don’t Wanna Butya Hafta. It also makes the point, to yourself and to others, that writing is important.”
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!, Lili St.Crow (yes, that is her real name)
And, again, we go to Sean Ferrell, who she oft quotes throughout her fantastic blogs:
I write every day. Especially when I don’t feel like it. Especially when it’s not working. I can always choose to not use something that I wrote and that I realize later is the wrong tone, doesn’t fit, contradicts other parts. I can’t decide to use something that isn’t written. I can’t use something that is still in my head. Better to have something come out half right than have all of it perfectly in my skull. (Sean Ferrell)
I love this man’s blog about writing processes.
ALSO: “Let every rejection, bad review, hard edit, or misunderstanding be an invitation do do better. Anything else is a waste of your time.”
Write to write, people, and NOT because you want somebody to read it. To me, that seems as bad as saying that you’re going to be a writer because of the money. Firstly, that sounds like saying you’re going to be a teacher because of the money (ha-ha, very funny!). And secondly, don’t do it, unless you’re seriously in love with the craft, and the characters, and the story.
A new plot-line just showed up, and my characters are nagging and angry. On top of a 3-part story, with multiple different plot-lines, and now this. ><
They’re never going to give it up. I need to go put somebody to rest.
Happy writing, and Blessed Be!
don’t go to bed angry.
Easier said than done, I guess.
Anyways, forget that. The story is chugging along, but it’s getting the smoker’s cough, and I have to nurse some parts of it back to health. In between stunts, I’m going to try and get a ton of work done on it so that I don’t start working on other things. The main thing is to keep my goal, though I’m not entirely worried. I just need to get done what hasn’t been finished so that I’m not scrambling in these next two years to complete what I want. A lot of other things have begun latching onto my brain and I’ve got this long iron prod for poking them off, but they’re stubborn little faeries who keep coming back to sit atop my head and whisper sweet nothings in the form of ideas into my ear. Holly Schindler once said that she could never leave the house without ideas coming into her head for when she got home.
Okay, here we go again.
Well, I don’t know, but I’m sure going to find out!
Do not ever doubt that you have a story to tell.
Lili St. Crow
You are a writer.
Your greatest asset is your cynicism, your greatest weapon your way with words. You know this. And what you carry is determined by who you are trying to destroy. You carry the same pad of paper, the same trusty steed that is your pen with you everywhere you go - but…
Katherine Mansfield, in a letter to Virginia Woolf (via katherinemansfieldproject)
- I think I should be in love with any writer friend who sent me such a letter! -