There’s only one person who needs a glass of water oftener than a small child tucked in for the night, and that’s a writer sitting down to write. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966 Today, I’m caught up with my paperwork so my plan is to spend at least four hours working on my… Continue reading Writing Distractions
It is impossible to discourage the real writers – they don’t give a damn what you say, they’re going to write. ~Sinclair Lewis I can get pretty down on myself when I’m depressed about my lack of progress as a writer, when I find work I’ve written 3 years ago that was ready to send… Continue reading Can You Be Discouraged?
A creative block is the wall we erect to ward off the anxiety we suppose we’ll experience if we sit down to work. Eric Maisel I wanted to address a comment Jim made yesterday about my sculpting post…In reference to one writers way of writing. “I’m sure that’s the case for some but writing is… Continue reading What Works For Me…May Not Work For You
And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. ~Sylvia Plath Do you have creativity enemies? Self-doubt, depression, resistance, fear…all of these kick in when we want to create but feel overwhelmed, paralyzed,… Continue reading Enemies to Creativity
“Be yourself. Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe, shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish.” John Jakes Another badge of honor today (rejection) but another submission as well. I recently entered a very short essay contest 250 words. I wrote it quickly and it turned out… Continue reading My Top 3 Tips for Tighter Writing
My Best Advice for new writers
You don’t have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great.Les Brown Why do we struggle so much with the just getting started? I started re-reading this book this weekend that answers many of those questions.This Year I Will…: How to Finally Change a Habit, Keep a Resolution,… Continue reading This Year I will…
Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing. Sylvia Plath. 2007 is almost over and although I’m reminded by friends that I accomplished a lot this year, I am hard on myself and want to be sitting here with more clips, published works, and money to show for it.Do you have writing that just needs… Continue reading What’s That Smell?
I have the longing that all writers have for new ears to pour my words into.—Alasdair MacLean Yesterday, I went to a railroad hobbyists open house and was mesmerized by the miniature lands they created to run their trains through. The attention to detail was staggering. There was circus trains running by a scale 3-ring… Continue reading Finer than Frog’s Hair
Like stones, words are laborious and unforgiving, and the fitting of them together, like the fitting of stones, demands great patience and strength of purpose and particular skill. Edmund Morrison Without a doubt writing is a skill and although this is a new quote to me the picture of a handmade stone fence being a… Continue reading Stone by Stone