It’s NaNoWriMo. We are writing 1,600 words (give or take), a day. We are drinking too much of whatever we said we’d never drink again. We are either slamming or stuck.
From Charles Bukowski’s poem: So You Want to Be A Writer.
unless it comes out of
your soul like a rocket,
unless being still would
drive you to madness or
suicide or murder,
don’t do it.
Other comments to help you along on that path to writerly madness.
Thank you to Writers Digest for a few of these. Oh, and if you need some encouragement or help along the way, Writers Digest is a great publication.
“One thing that helps is to give myself permission to write badly. I tell myself that I’m going to do my five or 10 pages no matter what, and that I can always tear them up the following morning if I want. I’ll have lost nothing—writing and tearing up five pages would leave me no further behind than if I took the day off.” —Lawrence Block
“Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now.” —Annie Dillard
“People say, ‘What advice do you have for people who want to be writers?’ I say, they don’t really need advice, they know they want to be writers, and they’re gonna do it. Those people who know that they really want to do this and are cut out for it, they know it.” —R.L. Stine
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting stared it breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one – Mark Twain
Get up very early and get going at once. In fact, work first and wash afterwards. — W.H. Auden
“ All bad writers are in love with the epic.” Hemingway.
“Adventure must start with Running away from home.” – William Bolitho
“All fiction is largely autobiographical and much autobiography is, of course, fiction.” – PD James
“The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” — Kurt Vonnegut
“Writing may or may not be your salvation; it might or might not be your destiny. But that does not matter. What matters right now are the words, one after another. Find the next word. Write it down.” – Neil Gaiman
“Why are you stingy with yourselves? Why are you holding back? What are you saving for—for another time? There are no other times. There is only now. Right now.” ― George Balanchine
“Having books published is very destructive to writing.” – Hemingway
“Beware of advice—even this.” —Carl Sandburg
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