Red Smith said…
Writing is easy. All you do is sit staring at the blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead.
I can vaguely relate right now. I signed up to participate in NaNoWriMo this year, having heard about it and missed the start date last year. I was so excited to get writing, have a target and be part of an exciting project.
So far I have written…nothing!
After all these years of reading Julia Cameron’s warnings on how hard it can be when it finally comes down to putting pen to paper, I thought I would be better prepared. I can’t even think of a freakin’ story line right now. The blank page/screen taunts me. 8 days into November and it’s not looking good.
So I am deciding to take a different tack. I still have absolutely no idea what I am going to write about but, in contrast to the last week, I am going to write anyway. I am going to write down anything and, when it is all said and done, I will have at least done that.If Julia has taught me anything it is that ‘just writing’ still counts as writing!
And my motto for this week…
Life is Fragile – Handle with Prayer.
E. C. McKenzie
Life is fragile. I am fragile. Mostly my creative-self is fragile…or terminally work shy, either way.
» Do you have any tips on spinning a plot from nothing? Or something?
» How do you motivate yourself to ‘create’ on deadline?
(p.s. both quotes taken from the amazing book of meditations on the virtues ‘Sacred Moments’ by Linda Kavelin Popov…was a gift from my mother when I went to college and I never leave Ireland without it!)