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Sunday, October 16, 2005

Elementary

Writers write. At some point a writer has to stop thinking about writing and just write. It is procrastination to keep looking at the characters, finding reasons to preruse the internet or even answer emails. It is not writing.
Writing is putting one word after another until the tale is told. It is allowing ones characters to have a voice. It is about adding conflicts and giving a highly emotional satisfying so that the reader can put the book down with a sigh.
It is not about reading how to books or articles. It is not about endlessly graphing out characters arcs. It is not about thinking up new blogs to write.
My job involves putting one word after another. The hardest five minutes of that job is the five minutes beofre I start. It is when the flocks of crows come down. It is when procrastination whispers seductively in my ear.
None of that matters. What I need to do is write and stop thinking about what other people are doing. What other people are thinking, doing or writing is a matter for them. And for me AFTER I have done my writing. If I don't write, I cease to be a writer.
The following has brought to you by the Procrastination No More Society. The I need to reclaim discipline society. The I had better write this manuscript society instead of talking about it.

3 comments:

Kate Hardy said...

Michelle, I propose you as chair of the Procrastination Society and me as Vice Chair.

I'm having to resort to using a kitchen timer. Give myself a fake deadline of 15 minutes in order to make me work...

Donna Alward said...

Um....Michelle? cowers down and whispers... are you my conscience????

Julie said...

This have anything to do with the wonderful posts you've been putting on my blog? ;-)