Posts Tagged ‘Writing’

Today’s Internal Dialogue

April 4, 2018

What should I write?

You know the drill.  Just write what you feel like saying to the world today.

I can’t write that here!

Well then . . . write it as close as you can get to it.

Go stick it in your ear!

See how easy that was?

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I Keep Telling You That I’m Trying To Write A Philosophical Comedy Here!

April 5, 2017

Do you ever get the feeling that one the co-authors of your life keeps trying to sneak in unnecessary drama and pathos into your story when you’re not looking?

So I’ll Just Have To Keep Doing My Best With The Time I’ve Got

March 2, 2017

Despite the fact that it started with my gaffe the other day, I’m actually glad I had the conversation that followed.  Admittedly some of this stems from the fact that I got in some good lines like, “I doubt any reader alive or dead has ever sat down a book and said, ‘Now that was one FANTASTIC word count of a story!'”, and that always make me happy.

But ego aside . . .

(Wait for it.  It takes time to move something that size, you know.)

. . . some really good points were raised in that conversation, and I might talk about them another time, but one point in particular struck a personal chord with me.

Pretty much by definition, when you’re writing you’re not spending time with your loved ones, and the concept of being a “writing widow/widower” will be familiar to anyone who has tried living with a writer.  After a six month hiatus I’m making time to write again, but I’d like to set aside a lot more time than I currently am, and truth be told I’m a little too okay with the idea of leaving a “writing widow” in my wake as I work.

But I won’t leave a “writing orphan.”

A Clarification And An Apology

March 1, 2017

Not long after I posted yesterday’s post I was contacted by someone who said, essentially, “Hey!  I post my word counts, but not to brag, but as a way to keep me motivated so I keep writing!”

To summarize the equally essential parts of the much longer conversation that followed, my response was “If that works for you, that’s cool.  I have no problem with that.  We both know that a lot of writers are bragging when they post their word counts though.”

What I didn’t say in that conversation though because I wanted to say it here, is that while I was, of course, aware the person in question posted their word counts from time to time, I didn’t actually have them in mind when I made the post.  I was mostly just giving my personal response to the trend in general.

Yes, the operative word in the above sentence is “mostly” though.

Admittedly, I did have a specific writer in mind as a particularly egregious example of word count bragging, but I didn’t give it any thought as there was absolutely zero chance of them ever recognizing that I was thinking of them specifically.  My mistake was not considering the possibility that somebody else might think I was thinking about them, and for that I truly apologize.

Seriously, if you have the capacity to even consider the possibility that I might have been talking about you in yesterday’s post, you are not who I was talking about.

Trust me.

You Can’t Count On The Words Until You’re Sure They’re The Right Ones

February 28, 2017

I know a lot of writers like to brag about their word counts while they work, but I don’t do that because I never know until I’m done how many of those words are going to turn out to be keepers.

Back In The Saddle Again

February 27, 2017

So it’s been a long hiatus, but after spending the last six months or so learning the ropes of how to homeschool my son, I’m finally resuming writing again.

No regrets on shifting my focus away from writing for so long, but it’s good to be back in the saddle again because writing is one of those callings you get saddle sores if you don’t do it for too long.

So Wait For Your Editor Next Time, Son

July 12, 2016

Yesterday I left my son unsupervised at my computer for literally less than one minute, and this is what he posted.  I, of course, knew that he was typing, but I didn’t think that he’d hit publish in the brief time I was gone, thereby forcing me to do a quick scramble of a post-publish edit to give said post a title and some context via a parenthetical explanation.

Needless to say, he and I had words about this.

In theory he now understands that he shouldn’t have hit the publish button, because in this house we double-check our capitalization and punctuation before we post, but he’s only five, so I’ll probably ending up reminding him at least once more before the lesson sticks.

A Follow-Up To My Previous Entry

January 18, 2016

I wrote what I wrote on Friday in personal response to something I saw a while back saying, in essence, “Be sure to compliment the writers you like, because the day you say something nice may be the day they otherwise would have given up writing.”

Now . . . I don’t want to sound like I’m dismissing the importance of positive feedback to a writer, because I most assuredly am not dismissing that!  A little compliment can go a long way, and a discouraged writer may indeed stop sharing their writing, which I’ll grant can amount to the same thing to the reader, so by all means give those compliments freely if you are so inclined, but take it from me:

To a writer, “giving it up” is akin to giving up oxygen.  Oh, you can hold your breath for a while, but the consequences keep getting worse and eventually you have to either breathe or die.

It’s My Least Favorite Part Of The Process

August 25, 2015

“So how do you get in the ‘mood’ to write something?” I’m sometimes asked.

Honestly, I’m almost always in the mood to write ‘something,’ but that doesn’t always translate into being physically, mentally, and/or emotionally capable of writing something I think will be good, so I frequently end up taking care of one or more of those states first, then I write.

A better question would be “How do you get in the mood to edit something?”

Bribery . . . elaborate and copious amounts of self-bribery.

And If You Wouldn’t Post It Under Your Name, Don’t Post It

August 20, 2015

If you wouldn’t write it and sign it, don’t say it.

Earl Wilson