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Friday, March 22, 2013

Write something every day—really?


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I have to say that I love to think I`m a disciplined writer, but, I`m not—are you? Do you write every day? I wish that I could say that I do but I don`t. I should. I know all the experts say I should. I want to. I tell myself I will; but then, I get home and I`m hungry. Then the sink starts leaking, the dogs need fed, and “Oops, the bird feeder is crooked,” and on and on and on.

I have several friends whom are published that say they write every day. I have read the great advice of authors like Stephen King and others who all say—write every day. I also have many friends who are very talented writers. I think many of them could “hook” an agent with the stories they are working on; however, the don`t write and they are afraid of the critics.

I came home last night and picked up my lap-top and started working on my book “Twisted Ride” again. I had to read back one chapter to remember where I was going with the story. That is one of the biggest mistakes we can make as writers working on a book—taking a week or two off (laughing).

Here are a few great quotes I found I thought I would share:
 “The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.” —Philip Roth

“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” —George Orwell

I love this next one by Stephen King. It speaks to the technique of “showing” the reader instead of “telling” the reader.

“Making people believe the unbelievable is no trick; it’s work. … Belief and reader absorption come in the details: An overturned tricycle in the gutter of an abandoned neighborhood can stand for everything.” —Stephen King

“Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.” —Larry L. King

What is my point in all this? We writers are an interesting lot. We are so tough on ourselves. We doubt are abilities. We procrastinate. Then, in the end, when we finally get busy writing and we publish our work (whether traditionally or self-published) we touch other`s lives with our words. That is what makes it all worthwhile in the end.

Whether you have written and published a novel, or you simply love to blog—keep writing! Study your craft. Take the criticisms with stride because some of those critics will actually help you become a better writer. God bless. WP

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