Some thoughts on writing and life
|I just want to take a minute to say, "Hey!" to all of my new Blogging Friends of "Blogging Circle of Friends " . I am looking forward to reading your blogs and getting to know everyone.
Today I am responding to our first prompt which is this: What advice or words of wisdom would you like to leave for those who come after you? Well, I do have my moments of utter brilliance, but wise? I'm not-so-sure! Or is it the other way around? It's too early in the morning here in NY for debate, so for argument's sake, I'm just going to pretend I am both brilliant and wisdom-rich.
Since I blog about writing (and I am in the midst of NaNoWriMo) I am leaving words of wisdom to all the writers who come after me.
Stop yourself from thinking so much about writing and just sit down and write. Set a daily goal -- whether it's 500 words or 5 pages a day. Tell your fingers to move about the keyboard and don't stop until your daily goals are reached. Don't worry if it sucks. No kitten will be denied dinner, no orphan will go homeless if you write a manuscript that sucks. If it sucks, then you'll revise it. Just get the bare bones of the story down now and edit later. Make writing a priority. If you think you don't have time to write, remember this: no writer gets magical extra-bonus hours to write each day. All writers have families, jobs, and other responsibilities just like you and I. They have to carve out the time in their day to write. One thing I cut completely out of my life when I started writing seriously was watching t.v. If you don't want to stop watching t.v., that's fine -- it's your time, and you can do what you want with it. Just know you have chosen watching t.v. as a priority over writing. If you took one hour of watching t.v. everyday and instead used it to write, you would have a completed manuscript in less than a year. Start today . . . there's no day like today!
Okay, I started out good, right? I know, I know. Most of these are borrowed words of wisdom from the funny and talented, Jackson Pearce. I guess I just disproved my wisdom-rich brilliant-ness, huh? Oh well, I'm all upside-down today because I dropped my iPhone into the toilet last night. Anyways, those wise words of Ms. Pearce inspired me, with her tough-love attitude on writing, so they're the bits of advice I'm passing on to future writers . . .
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