The Work of the Writer Never Ends
To Not Write
July 21: 2017: Advice for Writers who are Stuck at Times
Write anything. Don’t sit there. Just write.
Who cares if it sounds stupid to your ear or doesn’t make sense. No one has to read it if you don’t want. It doesn’t need to be perfect.
The thing troubling many of us, I believe, is self doubt and fear. It creeps around us morning, noon, and night. The irritation of not writing more in those hours we set aside while bad posture remains to be a source of discomfort for some as the next day approaches.
We realize writing something, no matter how bad, is better than nothing when trying to fall asleep.
We try so hard to make it the best we can while we punch the keyboard, forgetting the expectations we place on our shoulders, and other times not so successful.
So yes, write anything. Don’t sit there. Just write.
(I can hear my inner voice now.)
(Thanks for the advice. As if it were this easy.)
July 4, 2017: Robert Frost Quote
July 4, 2017: Keep on Keeping on with Rewriting
I’m in the process of still rewriting my love story. I’ve said it will be the death of me for many reasons. I feel rewriting is a much more lengthy and time consuming process. My roommate agreed with me. The thing is if you are a person who has a tendency to be a perfectionist such as myself that most things seem to take a little bit longer. I made the mistake of looking at how to make my writing better from widely known authors I feel really have a superb command of their craft. This is a blessing and curse at the same time. I’m learning some new stuff, but then I think while reading it, well I have another rewrite after this one to look forward to. Jeez, will it ever end so I can work on my trilogy? I’m learning to keep the pressures I place on myself and emotions I’ve been feeling throughout this whole thing at bay. There are times I need to remind myself that one hour of rewriting is better than nothing.
June 11, 2017: Elmore Leonard Has Some Advice
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June 11, 2017: Writing Quotes
June 9, 2017: Half of the Month Gone… Almost
I can’t believe it is almost July. This will make it officially half of 2017 is done. It is off to the races so to speak. I recently commented on my private FB page that the weeks are all blending together and the months are zooming by at a fast pace. I also commented that life is one big test, which seems to have many small quizzes from year to year. I wonder what my grade will be by the end of the year. I truly hope it is above satisfactory, but only time will tell. I’ve definitely worked on improving certain personal areas of my life so this does make me know I’m partially on track. I hope to get to excellent when my time is really done on this planet. I know my hair will be completely white because I’m finding more and more of them as the days go by. I’ve made some strides in my rewrite and will get more done this weekend because I owe it to myself. My mantra lately is if you continually make your life worthwhile by working on overcoming the hurdles in your path, then you are doing exactly what you should be doing. I’ve realized life seems to get more complicated as you get older, and believe a part of it is because I’m viewing things in a much different light. I’ve also realized slowing down, at times, is necessary to rejuvenate a person so I am on a Friday night.
May 27, 2017: Quick Reflection
I’ve spent the last week rewriting my love story. I project it will take me the end of the year to finish it. If I get it done sooner, I’ll be happy. If not, oh well. I’ll get it done. I’m learning to relax more when I’m writing. I’m letting it more easily flow from my fingertips. The great invention of the computer. I wonder if past writers would be jealous. I’m planning to write a short story soon. I’ve said before there aren’t enough hours in the day to complete my long list, but picking and choosing is what busy people have to do, and then be okay with it. These are my words of wisdom on a early Saturday when I should be sleeping. My eyes are tired and the screen is blurry. Writers write even if it is random stuff such as this. Cheers.
May 14, 2017: Stephen King Quotes
May 14, 2017: Book Recommendation about Dialogue
I think one of the hardest aspects of writing is the dialogue. I’m currently reading a book with an enthusiastic ten fingers in the air. It has some good, solid advice in it. It is only 135 pages long so it won’t be a daunting task to read. I would advise reading it twice or maybe three times. I know I will, at least twice.
The author, James Scott Bell, says reading dialogue in screenplays will increase your knowledge. He uses examples from Maltese Falcon, which is a great screenplay. If you have a great screenplay, it more than likely will translate into a great movie. Yet, novel writing doesn’t have the same format as screenplays, but dialogue matters in both.
So for the purpose of focusing on improving your novel writing via dialogue, check out the book How to Write Dazzling Dialogue. Bell describes examples of poorly written dialogue, mediocre dialogue, and well-written dialogue where it is understandable. There are exercises you can do to improve your writing, which is also handy. I hope you find it as informative as I have so far. Cheers and Happy Writing.
April 11, 2017: Book Recommendations about Writing
I came across some books when I rearranged my shelves that might help writers improve their writing if you are up for the challenge. It dawned on me how much of this material is common sense and quite simple when you read it. The hardest part is translating it onto the page while you are actually writing. Some of these books are geared toward script writing and the rest are for fiction writers. They all have good information and some are interchangeable.
There has been an ongoing debate of whether the people writing these books are bona fide to comment on the structure of writing and the tools important to make a good story great. I don’t think it’s a prerequisite to write stories and/or scripts to make worthwhile contributions for those people crazy enough to write them. I’ve learned if you abide by all the rules set in place in the writing world, no one would write a book considered worthwhile upon any review. It can be daunting because I haven’t touched my rewrite in a few months. I’ve passed my deadline for many reasons.
People who write walk a fine line between being disciplined enough to make progress and only writing when they feel the need. I’m straddling somewhere in between and never really committing one way or the other at the moment. I think fiction writers have more avenues to entice them when compared to screenwriters. They can get inside people’s head and express their characters through raw emotions much easier.
Bottom line is the fiction writer can be wordy and exhaustive on the page where a screenwriter has to keep more of a watch on keeping dialogue within reason and action is more important than not. If you don’t have a lot of white space on the paper with a script, you might have a problem. On this ending note, I leave you with these book suggestions. Take them or leave them as the choice is always yours and good luck with your writing.
April 4, 2017: Herman Melville Quote
March 22, 2017: W. Somerset Maugham Quote
March 17, 2017: Want to Write Better?
My Journals: Missing 1-80 but will be posted later and will I get to 200?
“For the sake of the one’s sanity, one should always use the journal as a way to destruct, destroy, demand, and detect certain things within oneself; but then on the next page use it to celebrate, connect, continue, and commit because without this process, one will be something less than within the soul.” -Pisaries Creator-
March 17, 2017: Future Burning Bonfire!
People who have the need to create tend to be able to be alone for long hours and lose themselves in their own little world. They often construct different lives and scenarios in their heads. This information finds itself woven into their stories or becomes the basis of their creations. Writers are no different. I can get very excited about a story idea and so energized by it where I feel the strength behind it. The force is strong where I could move a stalled car. This is the feeling where if I don’t create something, then my body will feel numb, and my mind will feel restless. Or is it the other way around? My body will feel restless and my mind will feel numb. Either way, both don’t bring me any kind of peace.
Writers who are people don’t have the write. Instead, they need to write. They need to write because if they don’t, a part of them slowly dies, and so diminishes why they exist in the first place. Certain people are born writers. I believe it wholeheartedly. Other people are born athletes. I’m not one of them. Some people are born musicians. I’m definitely not one of them. Writers are as varied as athletes and musicians. Writers are as varied as teachers and police officers. Anyone remember Janet Evans? Her often cited unorthodox swimming stroke during the Olympics was a hot topic, and not every swimmer is tall and muscular. I’m a slow writer. Wish I was faster. I’m a thoughtful writer. Wish I wasn’t so much. I’m a perfectionist writer. Definitely wish I wasn’t this. If I’ve learned anything, you recognize your talents and try to capitalize on them in your personal life, and work toward accepting them.
Writers keep their minds rational through personal writing. This reflective writing often happens within their journals. I am currently on my 102nd journal. Many ideas and thoughts for my writing end up in them along with my random and recurring dreams, as well as other thoughts. It is important for writers to get out their frustrations, motivations, inspirations, and any other feelings that might inhibit their writing. I plan on burning all my journals when I reach my next stage in life. I hope it happens sooner than later, but if it doesn’t happen, the bonfire is happening anyway.
The worst thing a writer can do is to infect how she or he feels within a character that clearly is NOT him or her. There’s a fine line between writing what you know, but a male with chauvinistic behaviors is not the female writer who is a feminist. You might ask yourself why would a feminist write about a male with chauvinistic tendencies? I believe the mark of a good writer is being able to write about a character so unlike him or her, but be able to write it in such a way that readers are amazed the person is not what they envisioned him or her to be. I think variety is good for any writer. Challenge yourself as a writer. Challenge your characters. Challenge your comfort levels. Challenge your skill levels. But most of all enjoy all of the challenges along the way as a writer.
March 17, 2017: A Writer Does Two Things: Read and Write
I was drawn to writing as long as I can remember. I enjoyed reading too and wish I could finish books like I did when I was younger. No longer does Sweet Valley Twins and Babysitter’s Club hold my attention nor would I find them all that interesting today. The books I’m reading now are thicker with a lot more complexity. I used to read about five to ten books at one time, when I wasn’t jam packing a to-do list with 15 items on it each week. Now, I’m lucky to get a book read in six months but reading something is better than nothing.
I looked at my mini book collection, as most of my books are still in the Midwest, collecting dust in my bedroom. The books I recommended will help you become a better writer. Yes, most of this information is common knowledge, but the hardest part is translating it onto the page as you’re writing. People know the hardest part of the writing process is the dialogue. It is the hardest to excel at in any form of writing. A movie can be forgivable with mediocre writing, but great writing is what makes audience members be able to sit through a movie without looking at their watches or shift needlessly in their seats.
There is something inherent about great writing, but there are critics everywhere. What one views as great writing, another will view as only okay. Some might prefer wordy writers, while others enjoy writers who use less description and more action. Most readers like writers to get to the heart of the story as quick as they can without sacrificing the story. I feel belaboring the points is as deadly as going too fast into a scene and moving out of it even faster.
Writers learn by using all their five senses. They also learn whether through reading about writing or writing itself. The bottom line is that any person who wants to be a better writer should be reading all of these books, and then read them again as I need to do. I have included another book in the Write Great Fiction series that I still need to read, Revision & Self-Editing. If anything, these books might incite writers to be motivated and invigorated again. It’s good to feel hurt fingers once in a while or in my case carpal tunnel, but whatever physical ailment you might have, it isn’t as painful as suppressing your desire to write or stunt your skill level.
Check them out at Amazon
March 15, 2017: The More You Know
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March 1, 2017: E.L. Doctorow Quote