Wednesday, October 6, 2010

There's Too Many to Count!



So here's the thing. I'm trying to write this fast-paced thriller with twists and turns, unexpected tension, deep characters....

This is my REAL life. Thank the LORD for writing!

What are some hindrances you have to your writing mojo? Is it deadlines at work or kids at home? Do you find you're too tired or uninspired?

I encourage you to go to that coffee house and plug into the wall and just...write. Doesn't have to be perfect, just has to be on the page for now. 

In the wise words of one of my favorite authors, "Larry" from Throw Mama from the Train...
"A writer writes, always."

Until next time...start typing!

8 comments:

Jessica Bell said...

Yeah, that's the only way it happens for me too. To force myself. My inspiration doesn't start to bloom until my fingers are moving above that keyboard!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Jessica is right. Force yourself to sit down and write.

Raymond Chandler, Ernest Hemingway, and Samuel Clemens all did that.

Ernest Hemingway would write any one sentence that he felt was bedrock true. Example : when two people love each other, it can never end well. Then, he would write another. By the time he got to the end of the page, he had primed the pump to his imagination.

If nothing else, carry a notepad with you and jot some bit of dialogue or description or plot twist that occurs to you on the run.

Laura Marcella said...

"A writer writes, always." Powerful saying! The beautiful thing about writing is the first draft isn't supposed to be any good. Maybe not even the second. We're lucky our profession allows and expects us to be imperfect! Then we have time to make it good. :)

Raquel Byrnes said...

Jessica and Roland - so true about just doing it...I think Nike had something there. =)

I DO keep a notebook in my purse and write descriptions, weird quirks, and especially really dumb jokes I hear in my travels. So cool to hear that I'm not strange in doing that...just a writer.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Right now my only hinderance is preparing for my book launch. But I've signed up for NaNo, so I hope to accomplish a lot next month.

Erin Kane Spock said...

I love that you now have a label titled 'sheep.' You have to find a reason to use it in the future.

Hart Johnson said...

My biggest distraction is new stuff that won't leave me alone. It doesn't pull me out of the writing, but it certainly can pull me out of the editing, so I have a number of 'unclean' done books... I really need to just dig in and DO IT, yet I plan on WriMoing because I have so many stories nagging at me that have to come out...

Christopher S. Ledbetter said...

I soooooo feel ya girl. My biggest distraction is my full time job as a car salesman. Long hours! And then I have to give family their time as well. I've never had a problem writing once given time, it's always finding the time for me.