The Writer’s Abyss – or Why You Mustn’t Stop Writing!

Temporary Writer’s Block aside (what I consider temporary is when you aren’t sure where a cialis brands story is going, grasping around for the next scene, wondering if this story is good enough, stumped on editorial fixes, etc.) – a writer cannot afford to stop writing. There is no reason good enough to stop writing.

THERE IS NO REASON GOOD ENOUGH TO STOP WRITING!

I am not kidding.

Temporarily having to ease up on viagra price comparison a demanding writing schedule because of illness, family emergencies, or necessities of life is perfectly understandable and acceptable. But… that’s only easing up – writing still continues in random moments and shortened time blocks. Whatever you have going on in your life – writing must continue.

WRITING MUST CONTINUE!

Why?

Because when you stop writing your writing muscle atrophies. (The root of viagra type medications atrophy is traced back to the Greek for “lack of food.”) If you don’t feed your writing muscles – they weaken and eventually die from not being used.

If you’ve ever had an injury or illness that restricted your normal activities for any length of time, you may be well-acquainted with muscle atrophy. And you would also be familiar with the extra time and cheap viagra sales effort it takes to get your muscles back to normal – not to mention improving them! Writing muscles are no different. Atrophied writing muscles can be fatal to creativity if ignored.

ATROPHIED WRITING MUSCLES CAN BE FATAL TO CREATIVITY IF IGNORED!

For reals…

Some causes of writing muscle atrophy…

– continual negative responses to queries
– rewrites that don’t work
– marketing doesn’t get behind your book
– option book isn’t picked up
– agent doesn’t like newest manuscript
– reviews are bad
– sales are poor

The list goes on. But, none of these circumstances should cause a writer to viagra fedex overnight shipping stop writing. A writer writes no matter what.

A WRITER WRITES NO MATTER WHAT!

Discouragement and disappointment are rife in the business of publishing. Things don’t always happen the way a writer would like; maybe even rarely happen the way a writer dares to hope. However, generic prices online cialis if you let that get you down, you’re doomed to the abyss. The black hole of not writing kills creativity faster than anything.

NOT WRITING KILLS CREATIVITY FASTER THAN ANYTHING!

I know this for a fact. I’ve seen it in others and I’ve fallen prey to it myself. When you don’t write, creativity weakens. When you don’t write, viagra online diagnosis your imagination wanes. When you don’t write, commonplace and hackneyed creep into your thinking and steal away even more of your creative strength. There is only one cure – writing.

THERE IS ONLY ONE CURE FOR ATROPHIED CREATIVITY – WRITING!

But, you might protest, it’s hard! Everything I’m writing IS commonplace and hackneyed. Everything I write is discount levitra cialis viagra crap!

Well, dear writer… it probably is.

But, guess what? Use the writing muscle and watch it improve! If you’ve suffered an injury that required physical therapy, you know that the first visits to a physical therapist can be painful and humbling. Your muscles refuse to cooperate and your movement is viagra sample coupon limited. However, doing those (what may seem like silly or ineffectual) exercises begin to build muscle strength. As you progress, the exercises get harder, the muscles regenerate and soon you are moving with as much (if not more) ease than before.

This is true with writing, too. The more you exercise your creative writing muscles, once daily cialis cost the stronger and healthier they become.

THE MORE YOU EXERCISE YOUR CREATIVE WRITING MUSCLES, THE STRONGER AND HEALTHIER THEY BECOME!

I went through an atrophied creative period due to some writerly disappointments. One day as I was cleaning and putting to rights my office, I came across folders and notebooks overflowing with poetry, novel ideas, screenplays, even a non-fiction book I’d outlined. Wow! This creative treasure trove happened because I was writing! My time in the Writer’s Abyss happened because I wasn’t writing. I realized writers must write, all the time.

WRITERS MUST WRITE, ALL THE TIME!

Are your creative muscles atrophying? Well, STOP THAT! GET BUSY! Take a class. Write a poem. Do writing exercises. Write letters. Blog. Whatever you do, get out of the abyss! Your creative writing life depends on it!

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It’s Caturday! – Hungry kitty!

“Food now!” says Esmerelda.

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The Friday Five – some Stephen King quotes on writing & why…

Here are five quotes from Stephen King’s book, On Writing. Followed by my thoughts on them.

1. “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”

And, it is. Cluttering up one’s writing with adverbs is an easy way to up word count, but a lousy way to put the imagination in the reader’s mind. Instead of saying someone “ran easily” – consider that they “loped.”  That is a much clearer visual for the reader, and adds depth to the scene.

2. “The scariest moment is always just before you start.”

Yes, indeed! Once you begin telling the story, you are “in it.” And once you are “in it” you’re more likely to want to get through it!

3. “Bad writing is more than a matter of shit syntax and faulty observation; bad writing usually arises from a stubborn refusal to tell stories about what people actually do — to face the fact, let us say, that murderers sometimes help old ladies cross the street.”

A good writer knows their characters inside and out. And no character should be one dimensional. Good writers know exactly what their characters will do — so much so that when they’re in tune with those characters, the characters will practically write the scenes for you. Once I stubbornly tried to make a character do what “I” wanted them to do and the story stopped working. When I stopped to think about what that character would actually do, it made the story go in a completely different, but absolutely right direction!

4. “If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered.”

It goes without saying, that truth-telling in books can make a lot of people uncomfortable. But, an honest story is worth their discomfort. The truth will out! Besides, polite society can be less than exciting.

5. “The more you read, the less apt you are to make a fool of yourself with your pen or word processor.”

Yes. Yes. Yes. A writer is a reader. That’s the beginning and end of that story. Good books, bad books, fiction, non-fiction — Read. Read. Read. I believe I have learned just as much, if not more, about writing from reading a poorly written book than I have from just about any other kind.

I hope you are having a great Friday! And that your writing (and/or reading) is taking you places you’ve been longing to go!

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A skunk tale…

My kitty, Baxter, is an outdoor kitty (his choice, definitely not mine!)

Every morning he’s waiting on one of the porch chairs for his breakfast. This morning was no different.
However, when I opened the door, coming up the steps was a juvenile one of these!

By http://www.birdphotos.com (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons


I was behind the screen door, Baxter (who, BTW, is fearless) glanced at me, and then at the skunk – but made no move.
The skunk cautiously mounted the next step. I can tell you – I had no intention of making any loud noises OR opening that screen! What I did was say, “Go away.”
The young skunk looked in my direction, then turned sideways on the step and lifted his tail. OMG! I held my breath – but no spraying happened. That emboldened me to say again, “Go away.”
Young skunk retreated one step down, turned to the other side, and lifted his tail! Again, I held my breath! All this time, Baxter is watching, motionless. No spray! Praise the Lord!
I repeated my entreaty, “Go away.”
And Young Skunk waddled down the remaining steps, shuffled across the yard (followed by Baxter’s cool (& my breathless) gaze, slipped over the wall, and tottered up the alley & away.
I opened the screen, Baxter hopped off the chair and over to his food dish. Much praising and petting and eating commenced.
The end.

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Tech Tuesday – Human-powered helicopter

I want one of these!

Or one of these!

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It’s Caturday! – You can’t resist…

Esmerelda Eyes!

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The Friday Five – Speed Round!

1. A cool breeze on a hot, humid day is heavenly!

2. Macaroni & cheese will always be my comfort food.

3. If you’re going to be a gardener, you can’t be afraid of bugs!

4. Strength-training is tough – but if you want to be tough, you’ve gotta do it!

5. Nothing really happens by chance – serendipity only looks serendipitous!

#5 doesn’t mean I don’t think there are lovely surprises in store! Contrariwise – I do believe in magical events. I happen to think we’ve already set up wishes & desires that the Universe knows about and delivers in Its own time!

How’s your Friday? Got fun plans for the weekend? I hope so!

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It’s Museum Day!

The first museum I ever went to was the Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago. And… to tell the truth – I often skipped school to go to the Museum. It was the coolest place ever!

Photograph taken 9 April 2006. © Jeremy Atherton, 2006

Also while living in Chicago, I spent an inordinate amount of time at the Art Institute. It is still one of my favorite museums to visit. And, if you haven’t read TRUTH – some of the action happens right in this building!

By Tripp from Chicago (Art Institute of Chicago) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

I have to admit, when I used to take my kids to the Children’s Museum in Indianapolis, I wished I was a kid, too. It looked like so much fun to explore! Fortunately, I am small enough that I was allowed to ride the carousel! (And I would’ve put a picture of the carousel in, but this pic is just too darned cool! I might have to take a drive up to Indy to see it in person!)

By HstryQT (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

However, there is one museum I haven’t visited yet – although one of my (now-grown) daughters goes there as often as she can – and that’s the City Museum in St. Louis. She tells me it’s like the Children’s Museum but for adults! (I definitely see a road trip in my future!)

By Raymond M. Reskusich Uploaded by Kara11584 at en.wikipedia [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

And what about this place?! The Spy Museum! Be still my heart!

Image from their Facebook page

A museum all about spies and their gadgets!

So – have you got a favorite museum? Or one you just can’t wait to visit? I’d love to hear about it!

 

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Days like today – visualizing & daydreaming

Sometimes the fastest way to find out about a character is to step away from your writing and take a daydream break.

For me, stories come faster & make more sense if I have a good visual of my characters. There are all kinds of character analysis worksheets (as close as Google!) and those worksheets — or a few detailed paragraphs per character — are great for finding out more about who you characters are. But, the easiest and most fun way for me to get to know my characters is to “see” them.

When I wrote XVI I actually had a visual of Nina (my main character) before I even knew what her story was. She popped into my head when I was daydreaming, complete with a scene that I eventually modified and put into the book.

An easy way to see a character if you are already working on a story is to visualize a scene that they are in. See it in your head like you’re watching a movie. As you allow your mind to envision the scene, that person will take on additional dimension and depth. Perhaps you were seeing them wrong & the scene makes it clear that they are shorter than you thought, and they have brown hair and are in that string-bean gawky stage of adolescence.  Or, you see the wrinkle in their eyes when they smile, the concern about their little sister as they grasp her hand, their confidence in taking the SATs, etc.

Some of the humor surrounding living with a writer mentions not disturbing them when they are gazing out the window, apparently doing nothing. But, it’s true. Those daydreaming, visualizing times are necessary in getting characters and stories to come out exactly as they should. Be sure, however, to keep pen and paper (or computer) close at hand to write down what you “see!”

Do you visualize your stories? Can you see them as movies, or scenes from movies? I’d love to know!

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It’s Caturday! – #5

Frankenstein loves to lay on my journal when I’m writing – which then becomes me trying to write because he wants to be in the middle of the action. Today I opened up an old journal and he seemed to feel the surrogate was sufficient for his needs! What a cat!

Do you ever trick your cat? Is it successful? I’d love to know!

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