Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Writing A Book

"I'm writing a book. I've got the page numbers done. "
--Steven Wright

I'm always amazed by how many people tell me they wished they could write a book.  As mystical and mysterious as writing seems, it's very simple:  it's just a matter of doing it.  Sometimes I wonder about the reasons people don't write when they are moved to do it.  I think primarily the reason is fear.  Fear of failure, fear of doing poorly, fear that others will find the fantastic notions and realms in their head worthless, fear of exposing their souls...   

Writing is a skill and it must be practiced like any other craft.  This includes rewriting and revision, but the only way books happen are when people work on them.  Now that you've got your page numbers done, work on your book.  No, really.  Stop procrastinating and go work on that novel you were always going to write.  Are you still reading this?  Stop that.  

Just do it write now.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Open a Vein

There's nothing to writing.  All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.  
~Walter Wellesley "Red" Smith

For some people, writing is apparently painful and hard.  A bit like pouring their souls onto a page for people to read and possibly ridicule.

For me, writing is more like seeing movies inside my head, and I write them down so others can watch them too.