Monthly Archives: March 2013

Day Nine!

I am so close and I haven’t been able to do what Lance says. Write every day.

We have to move and I have been sort of writing but not really writing. I have been packing and cleaning.

And yesterday my girls came over and I made Thai coconut soup that was pretty good and spring rolls, too. They weren’t as great because I have never worked with the rice paper but now I know how and so next time I will do better because guess why? The filling was awesome.

Today I teach, but I will write this morning.

And I will offer this amazing quote to you–so get ready.

“Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them. There’s many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.”

Yup, that’s Miss Flannery again. We’ll have a few more from her before the writing is done.

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Lance Larsen Tip #2: Write Daily

I know we hear this all the time but it is true. Lance  spoke about how it took him awhile to figure out that he HAD TO WRITE EVERY DAY. That it made such a huge difference in his writing, in his thoughts, in his process.

I think I resist this at times. Does it really have to be every day?

And maybe no. Maybe sometimes no. There are times in life that perhaps writing takes a backseat and that’s okay.

But if we want to be productive, if we want to push ourselves and evolve and be inspired and COMPLETE things, we have to be dedicated.

This is the other secret that real artists know and wannabe writers don’t. When we sit down each day and do our work, power concentrates around us. The Muse takes note of our dedication. She approves. We have earned favor in her sight. When we sit down and work, we become like a magnetized rod that attracts iron filings. Ideas come. Insights accrete. 
― Steven PressfieldThe War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

We have to be working for “the muse” or “inspiration” to light on us. If we aren’t writing, we won’t be pushed, we won’t progress, we won’t be enlightened. If we don’t take the time to wade through the hard stuff, the good stuff won’t come. We have to write even if we don’t feel like it.

The desire to write grows with writing. ~Desiderius Erasmus

Don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work ~Pearl S. Buck

And more than anything, allowing yourself to prioritize something that fills you, something that brings you joy, something that will allow inspiration and creation to be a daily part of your life, should be a top priority.

So write daily, tip #2 marathoners!

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March Madness Writing Marathon–Day Eight!

First quote of the day comes from Ms Flannery O’Connor.

Everyone should read this gal. Her short stories are amazing and I quite liked her full-length work.

“Writing a novel is a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay. I’m always irritated by people who imply that writing fiction is an escape from reality. It is a plunge into reality and it’s very shocking to the system.”

Ah, yes, I’ve lost three teeth so far. But with a little glue, well, I’ll be back to normal in no time.

How are you all doing?

I’m racing along with plenty to do but we still have Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

with FINAL RESULTS next Monday.

How are YOU doing?

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Day Six, continued!

Dr Seuss quote to help you be a better writer. 🙂

It has often been said
there’s so much to be read,
you never can cram
all those words in your head.

So the writer who breeds
more words than he needs
is making a chore
for the reader who reads.

That’s why my belief is
the briefer the brief is,
the greater the sigh
of the reader’s relief is.

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