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Quote for the day....

"Serious writers write, inspired or not. Over time they discover that routine is a better friend to them than inspiration." Ralph Keyes

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lynx212
Jan. 27th, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC)
Nice one lady!!
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lynx212
Jan. 27th, 2011 05:55 pm (UTC)
LOL no problem Beth! ^_^
knittingknots
Jan. 27th, 2011 07:23 pm (UTC)
Found it as one of those reminders I need, although I do try to write something every day....
knittingknots
Jan. 27th, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
lynx212
Jan. 27th, 2011 08:05 pm (UTC)
It reminds me that every day won't be Nano worthy but as long as I stick to it and push something out I am doing well ^_^
ironyjones
Jan. 27th, 2011 06:32 pm (UTC)
True dat.
knittingknots
Jan. 27th, 2011 06:58 pm (UTC)
I'm getting better about it...
luxken27
Jan. 27th, 2011 06:45 pm (UTC)
Guess I'm not a serious writer then... :P
knittingknots
Jan. 27th, 2011 06:58 pm (UTC)
More likely, you're not trying to make a living from it...writers who are have to learn to write through the blehs...
luxken27
Jan. 27th, 2011 08:42 pm (UTC)
More likely, you're not trying to make a living from it.

I know my limitations, no doubt. I do plenty of work-related writing even when I'm not inspired, by my creative muse is a fickle one, at best. It's often frustrating to want to write but having no feeling for it - with that I am all too familiar, alas :-/

Amusingly enough, I've been trying to force through blocks lately, with zero degrees of success (amazing what deadlines and determination can do for you!), although it does sometimes spur me to figure out what's wrong with the piece I'm working on, and try to fix it. One thing I *have* learned in my travails is to never delete a draft, no matter how sucky I think it is - chances are I'll come back to it in a few days and magically know how to fix it, LOL.
knittingknots
Jan. 27th, 2011 08:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm totally blocked right now on The Woman Who Loved the North Wind...I have a plot & character issue to resolve. It's not a matter of even slogging through. I have to recast the beginning of the story, and I'm not there yet; I have decisions to make, and those will affect the subplots. It's still percolating in the back of my mind. So I switched...now I'm working on Hawk and Muirnin instead. Which is why I always keep multiple projects going.

Yeah, after years of putting out a small weekly newsletter, I can do tech and non-fic writing on demand...it's the fic stuff that requires the most painful slogging.
luxken27
Jan. 27th, 2011 11:10 pm (UTC)
It's still percolating in the back of my mind. So I switched...Which is why I always keep multiple projects going.

*nods* Same. The only bad thing is how much time sometimes lapses between active work on said projects, LOL. But, what can you do? I'm a big believer in going where the muse takes you, no matter how crazy the journey :P

I guess it all depends on what you mean by 'writing' - if its the actual, physical process of committing words to a page (handwritten or electronically), or all of the stuff that goes into telling the story beforehand. I'm always working on something in the back of my mind.
knittingknots
Jan. 27th, 2011 11:18 pm (UTC)
I'm constantly researching, thinking, planning, being fed plot bunnies...but the hard part is getting the text on paper for me. But I try to get some words down every day. I would probably put story outlining and scene creation in the writing category, though. I have to be careful on the research side though...it becomes an end in itself, and I'll research till the cows come home for the joy of it.

I'm lucky that I have a complete draft of The Woman Who Loved the North Wind...it will help keep me from getting lost, and leaving it stuck, a pretty fragment, on my hard drive. Have more than one or two of those too...
eggplantlady
Jan. 27th, 2011 07:03 pm (UTC)
I've been trying to be better about this. Trouble is I wind up hating everything I just force out, and then I rewrite it four or five times and in the end I'm not sure whether that's helping or hindering my productivity. Only time will tell, I suppose.
knittingknots
Jan. 27th, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
Make sure you're not charging the bit you force out with the angst of the pain of writing it...most readers (maybe none, really) could not tell you when reading a person's writing which bit was slogged through and which was written under inspiration.

I've told my inner critic to take a hike a long time ago (not to be confused with my inner editor) because in almost every case in the last five years when she said something I wrote was horrible, and I posted it anyway, it got very positive reviews, and some of the things she thought were the most marvelous bits of my writing fell flat.

Inner Editor keeps plodding away, doing her job as Inner Critic fumes, but I hear her snicker at her sister from time to time...

(This is how my brain works...your own personal mileage may vary.)

eggplantlady
Jan. 27th, 2011 07:16 pm (UTC)
I keep slogging on in the hope that I will one day reach a similar epiphany. And I have had some success... used to be that I would go days or weeks without writing anything while I searched for that perfect bit of inspiration. Now I write at least something on most days. A large portion of that doesn't ever make it to places where anyone else can read it, but it's better than sitting on my ass and doing nothing.
knittingknots
Jan. 27th, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
You and me both...HD is full of works in progress, experiments, fragments...

The key though is to keep writing, even if it's not pay copy...
forthrightly
Jan. 27th, 2011 07:16 pm (UTC)
I'm embarrassed to say that my immediate response to this quote was a pithy, "Duh."
knittingknots
Jan. 27th, 2011 07:21 pm (UTC)
LOL. Sounds like you have that mastered...
forthrightly
Jan. 27th, 2011 07:39 pm (UTC)
I'd hardly call m'self a master, but I'll admit to being a stubborn little thing. Resolve is essential... but so is playing hookie once in a while. ::twinkle::
rya_kelley
Jan. 28th, 2011 12:54 am (UTC)
Wow. It's like the universe just prodded me via KK. Message received, Universe. Thank you, KK.
knittingknots
Jan. 28th, 2011 01:01 am (UTC)
You're welcome, Ma'am...now if the universe would just show me how to continue in the two open files on my wordprocessor...I think Poetry Muse keeps tripping Pink so I write for her instead...
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