Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Some Professional Writing Advice


I have been looking for some writing quotes to put up near my desk, to keep me writing when I hate my characters and think the plot is trash and I generally want to douse it all in gasoline and light it on fire. If you've been writing for any amount of time, you've been there too. :) So I searched the web and these are the ones I choose.


I often keep myself from starting the next chapter or scene because I want to go back and tweak and change what I've written before. I need to let it go and get the words out and finish the story then go back and tweak and change a little before beta readers. The editing can't happen if I don't finish the book!


 Sometimes I need to give myself an amount of time I have to sit and write, to not stop writing, until I am actually inspired. Even when the words are crap, I keep going, then I find I don't want to stop. I'm on a roll and have the inspiration I was just going to sit around waiting for. If I just get to work, I'll become inspired. Nothing comes easy, I've got to work for it!


I often think that if there were some solid rules or guidelines for writing it would be easier. But that's the brilliant thing, it's not easy. If it were everyone would do it and where would that glorious struggle be that we all enjoy? Part of the excitement of finishing a book is that gruesome climb to the top we've endured. We've scraped together our soul and put it on a page, deleted it and pulled another, shiny bit back together to perfect sentences over and over until finally we are at the end looking back over it with pride. Each writing journey is different, for each book we write even, and that's the beautiful part.

Which writing quotes do you like?

4 comments:

Sherry Gammon said...

How about: “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”
― Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt

Or
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
― Ernest Hemingway

Canda said...

I like those Sherry.

Here's one by Mark Twain I like: “Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”
― Mark Twain

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