Posts Tagged ‘advice’

Notes on Starting a New Story

Posted: February 2, 2009 in Uncategorized
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1.  Just like in the movie Abyss when he’s breathing the liquid, there will be thrashing, there will be resistance, but your body will remember.  Your body will adjust.

2.  Getting down to your "writing weight" has been a good running joke, but take care of yourself.  Pretzles, coffee and nicotine are not food groups.

3.  When you wake up, and your skin is slick with sweat, your head fuzzy with the memory of how the club smelled, and the blanket feels too much like the bodies pressed against you as you struggled to get closer to Luke singing on stage…when you bolt upright after only a few hours of sleep and your ears are still ringing from standing too close to speakers that exist only in your dreams, this is a gift. 

4.  On the same note, never keep a notebook on your bedside table.  These snippets are not meant for you, they’re meant for your subconscious.  They will come back. 

5.  Those throw away details that you can not explain?  Later they’ll be pivital plot points.  Now is not the time to stress over why they’re there or where they came from. 

6.  Having a "real life" full of going out, socializing, friends…Not Writers will explain to you how healthy and necessary these are.  They’ll never understand that these things are luxuries.  Right now is not the time for them.  They will be there later.  Others are different and that is okay too.  But for you?  That perfect scene playing out behind your eyelids may not wait.  Get it down now.

7.  It will get very ugly.  This is generally when the beautiful things happen, when the book gets written.  Give up a little less frequently than you did last time. 

8.  When you write a paragraph that gets you excited, that makes your skin crawl with its potential, has you smiling as you’re typing.  Even if you wake up the next morning to reread it and realize it sucks?  You’re doing it right. 


So Roomie clued me in to this writer chick named Jackson Pearce. First off, let me just say how much I love her. Jackson is in a word, hilarious. If you need proof of this, check out her video blog about connecting with readers.

See? Anywho…So she posted a blog about telling people that you’re writing and the basic idea held by the public that anyone can write if they have only

a. a shinier newer version of the computer they currently use to download pirated Metallica songs for the sole purpose of irritating Lars Ulrich
b. more time-without the kids, without the job, without the cleaning, without the Project Runway Marathon (omg did you love Christian’s collection or did you LOVE it?!)

So my main problem is with B. Do you really think my life is so boring that I did everything else under the sun before I finally gave in and sat down on my freshly whisked chair in front of my freshly dusted (post chair whisking of course, silly) computer desk and said to myself “Maybe I’ll pen my best seller today?”

Here’s a little secret. I made writing a priority. That’s how I find the time. The staggering collection of empty Starbucks Frappachino (mocha, please) bottles collecting around me isn’t as important to me now as finding out how Eden’s going to react to actually meeting that luscious lead singer of Dawn’s Supernova. The fact that the living room hasn’t been vacuumed….in a while…as in “the layer of dust is quite cushy and cuts down on the need for socks so maybe I should just let it go”…takes a far distant back seat to discovering how Eden is gonna take it when she finds out Az made her a reaper for a reason.

If you want to write, you’re going to have to make it important to you. Don’t feel guilty if the dishes wait until morning! Don’t let that dirty laundry stifle your words! Write! Seize the day!!!!!!!!

Or, rather, let the day pass in your pjs with a pint of ice cream (aka lunch) melting slowly and forgotten because you know you just NAILED the scene where Eden sobs over breaking the necklace Az made for her, the only thing she has left of him. Now isn’t that better than cleaning that green (is that meat?! omg I think it was meat at some point) tupperware container out of the back of the fridge?

Yes…Yes it is