7 Writer’s Quotes

“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

 

“The freelance writer is a man who is paid per piece or per word or perhaps.”
—Robert Benchley

 

“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.”
—Virginia Woolf

 

“For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word.”
—Catherine Drinker Bowen

 

“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.”
—Samuel Johnson

 

“I’m out there to clean the plate. Once they’ve read what I’ve written on a subject, I want them to think, ‘That’s it!’ I think the highest aspiration people in our trade can have is that once they’ve written a story, nobody will ever try it again.”
—Richard Ben Cramer

 

“One thing that helps is to give myself permission to write badly. I tell myself that I’m going to do my five or 10 pages no matter what, and that I can always tear them up the following morning if I want. I’ll have lost nothing—writing and tearing up five pages would leave me no further behind than if I took the day off.”
—Lawrence Block, WD

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“The One I’m Waiting For” (NaNoWriMo Day 7)

7 days in and 25,005 words finished on this year’s NaNoWriMo entry, My Vienna.  And I haven’t a clue where this story is going.  I mean, I do.  The outline is there, the super short version of it is there.  The characters are there.  The plot is laid out.  But I don’t know what answers this story will give.  I’ve been writing it in bits and pieces, instead of linearly, like I usually try to do.  Some of that is because I had ideas for scenes right away and had to write them before I lost them.  Some of that is because I don’t know what I’m supposed to do with it this year.

And, honestly, I suspect more than half of what I’ve written will get cut in the revision.  Obviously, after I’ve written a lot more of the story.  But right now, what I’ve got is filling the story backward.  It’s almost giving me a God-like perspective Galadriel’s life after this big question comes in.  All the wonders, all the wanders, all the what-ifs.  And I know the answers to those.  If she goes in this one particular direction, then this will happen.  I have not written the other dimension, though–the one in which she chooses her own path, instead of following what she knows is right.  Maybe that will the second 25,000 words?

25,000 words in, Galadriel isn’t any closer to the answer she’s seeking, and neither am I.  But I’m okay with that.  I’m just going to keep writing and praying and reading God’s Word until I get there.  And then, Lord willing, both of our questions will be answered.

This song from Reliant K kind of says it…“The One I’m Waiting For.”

Galadriel, I’m waiting.  For you.  You’re the one.

Reliant K--writing inspiration from music

Reliant K–writing inspiration from music (can’t find copyright info, but found here: http://wallpaper4god.com/wallpapers/relient-k–trees_1403_1024x768.jpg)

From Writer’s Digest–Day 31 of the 2015 October Platform Challenge

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This was mine: “Hmm. Well, I’d say I have a slightly better handle on the author platform thing. I’m still a long way away from feeling like I’m any good at it. I definitely got some good notions from this, though. Setting a calendar/plan for each month with tasks for daily platform development is good is probably one of the biggest helps–that and just having the push to do it! I’m not a big fan of social media for a couple of reasons (everybody is trying to sell something all the time!), including how much time it takes away from real life if people let it get away from them. I think having this plan with a few simple tasks helps, though, to let me avoid getting sucked in while still making some movement on this.  Anyhow, them’s my thoughts! 😉 Thanks for the challenge!”

Feedback Sign (writing responses)

Feedback Sign (writing responses–image by Stuart Miles)

“This Will Be Our Year” (NaNoWriMo Day 1)

NaNoWriMo 2015–Day 1

It used to be that when God wanted to teach me a lesson that I just wasn’t getting, He’d have me write a 2000-5000 word allegory. Now, it seems, He is having me write entire novels. Conveniently timed for NaNoWriMo (November) two years in a row now. Last year’s was “A Gargoyle in Evanston,” through which I sought peace and understanding of what the heck has happened in my life to bring me to this place I’m in right now…Chicago, not Australia (oh, land of my heart, how I yearn for thee!). And this year’s…well, I’m not ready to talk about it yet in detail, but I know it’s all about Him and me. A continuation of the theme He set for me on January 1st of this year… “This Will be Our Year.”

Currently, this year’s novel is in the “For the Love of Music” series, with the tentative title of a book I had outlined several years ago.  Not sure, however, if that’s what it will remain.  November will tell.

Words written: 3553

“This Will be Our Year”–the Zombies (writing inspiration)

Count Down Day 6: Project “DDD” Publication

Goals tonight:

Finish last major revisions on chapters 25-29.

Get through chapter 5 in the first read-aloud edit.

We’ll see after that!

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6:00–revisions on chapters 25-29!!!  Yay!!!  FINALLY done!!!

6:55–break and dinner

8:20–first read aloud edit, chapters 1-5.  No intense changes, but definitely made several in each chapter.  It’s amazing how things flow better after they’ve been read aloud.

10:20–calling it a night!  If I keep going, I’ll make weird changes and probably make it worse. 😉

Drop Dead Daisy book cover

Drop Dead Daisy book cover

From Writer’s Digest–Day 26 of the 2015 October Platform Challenge

Make a Task List

Ooh, continuing on in the challenge past the month!  I get to create a list for the month of November, with tasks for platform building to continue.  Then, in there, include a day to create the plan for December…  I’m creating this in calendar form and putting here.

Author Platform Calendar November 2015

Author Platform Calendar November 2015

Count Down Day 7: Project “DDD” Publication

2:45pm Time to dig in and catch up as much as possible.  Starting with chapter 15 today for the last major revision.  Here we go.

5:00 break time!  I’ve made it through 2 chapters (15 & 16), though.  Both had a LOT of work to be done, so it’s not bad only getting that far.  Whew.

6:00 back to work!  Revised chapters 17-23.

7:45: break!  Need some kind of refreshing beverage or something…and a mental break!  Revision is hard work!

9:30: Revised chapters 24.

And my brain just said “buh-bye!”  So, calling it a night on the revision process.  But, hey.  I came in with having 14 more chapters to revise as of this afternoon.  And in a matter of about 6 1/2 hours, I’ve got 4 left.  Knocking out 10 in a day.  I can live with that!

Writing Daisy: Charvel Surfcaster Guitar (image found on wikipedia)

Writing Daisy: Charvel Surfcaster Guitar (image found on wikipedia)