Thursday, February 3, 2011

WRITING ACTUALLY






"If the desire to write is not accompanied by actual writing, then the desire must be not to write." ~ Hugh Prather

Are you a writer, or are you someone who talks writing? Do you attend conferences to rub shoulders with writers and talk the game or are you there to network in hopes of promoting and selling something you have already written?

It's so easy to talk the lingo and play the game. But what does that accomplish? 



Nothing!



I know some writers who experienced rejection in the beginning of their efforts, so they picked up their pencils and went home. Then there are those who refuse to accept constructive critiques. They argue defensively and eventually, when no one wants their work, they start talking the talk instead of writing the words. 


Rejection and critique are not the writer's enemies. Quite the opposite, they are the gym where the writer grows stronger. Avoiding the computer or pen and paper is the writer's true enemy. 

Gene Fowler is attributed to saying, "Writing is easy. All you do is sit, staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead." 

It feels that hard sometimes, but it doesn't have to be that way. Get in the writing habit. Write a paragraph every day. Perhaps an observation about that day or something you heard on the news. Start writing for contests. Even if you don't win, you have written. AND the entries that do not win are the bones for ones that WILL win, if you don't quit!

My agent, Terry Burns, makes this promise: "There is only one guarantee in writing. If you don't write, you won't be published.

So don't be a talker, be a writer! 

Don't give up! Keep it up! 

Write!