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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

IWSG post: HOW MUCH ARE YOU WILLING TO INVEST IN YOUR DREAM?




KEEP A JOURNAL:

If you want to write, you need to keep an honest, unpublishable journal that nobody reads, nobody but you. 

Where you just put down what you think about life, what you think about things, 

what you think is fair and what you think is unfair. 


READ:


You need to read. You can’t be a writer if you’re not a reader. 

It’s the great writers who teach us how to write.

Don't tell me that you don't have time to read.   

This is like a man starting up Mount Everest saying that he didn’t have time to buy any rope or pitons.




WRITE:


Write. Just write a little bit every day. Even if it’s for only half an hour — write, write, write.


Let the writer take up surgery or bricklaying if she is interested in technique. 

There is no mechanical way to get the writing done, no shortcut. 

The young writer would be a fool to follow a theory. 

Teach yourself by your own mistakes; people learn only by error. 

The good artist believes that nobody is good enough to give him advice. 

She has supreme vanity. 

No matter how much she admires the old writer, she wants to beat him.

What did Joss Whedon say?  "You either HAVE to write, or you shouldn't be writing at all."



LISTEN TO NEIL GAIMAN:


“Start telling the stories that only you can tell, 

because there’ll always be better writers than you 

and there’ll always be smarter writers than you. 

There will always be people who are much better at doing this or doing that – 

but you are the only you.”



TAKE THE TIME AND EFFORT TO BE AWARE:


Becoming a writer is about becoming conscious. 

When you’re conscious and writing from a place of insight and simplicity and real caring about the truth, 

you have the ability to throw the lights on for your reader. 

He or she will recognize his or her life and truth in what you say, 

in the prose pictures you have painted, 

and this decreases the terrible sense of isolation that we have all had too much of.

Try to leave the Ivory Tower School of Writing -- 

do not write about Man.

Write of A man ... or A woman ... 

trying to make sense of their lives, lost dreams, failed loves.

"Listen" to the stories of the lives around you.  

For it is in them that you will find the roots of your own novels.


START WRITING NOW:

Start writing right now. 

Don’t write it right, just write it –

and then make it right later. 

Give yourself the mental freedom to enjoy the process, 

because the process of writing is a long one. 

Be wary of “writing rules” and advice. Do it your way.


Ignore critics. 

Critics are a dime a dozen. Anybody can be a critic. Writers are priceless.


Go where the pleasure is in your writing. Go where the pain is.

 Write the book you would like to read. 

Write the book you have been trying to find but have not found. 

But write.



LEARN TO LISTEN TO YOUR INSTINCTS:


Learn to trust your own judgment, 

learn inner independence, learn to trust that time will sort the good from the bad – 

including your own bad.

Every writer knows fear and discouragement. 

Just write. 

The world is crying for new writing.

 It is crying for fresh and original voices and new characters and new stories. 

If you won’t write the classics of tomorrow, well, we will not have any.


How much time do you put into writing each day?

21 comments:

  1. Oh, I definitely agree that writers need to read, if for no other reason than it may improve their spelling! Heh.

    "Don't tell me that you don't have time to read. This is like a man starting up Mount Everest saying that he didn’t have time to buy any rope or pitons." Loved that line!

    Happy New Year to you!

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    1. And Happy New Year to you, too! :-)

      Spelling I'm afraid is a casualty of texting - just like many's attention span has been shortened by Twitter. Glad you liked my post, David

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  2. I'd invest at least a buck and a quarter. Kidding!
    There is only one us. No one else can say what we say and the way we say it.

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    1. Remember ROBOCOP? "I'd buy that for a dollar!"

      If the Father wanted us to be another writer, He would have made him twins, right? :-)

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  3. Too much, and yet not enough!

    Happy New Year, Roland!

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    1. Exactly. :-) Thanks for visiting and commenting, Yolanda

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  5. Happy New Year, Roland! Love the Neil Gaiman advice. I rarely journal but I agree that reading is so important for becoming a better writer. My book club is reading Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng and I'm inspired by the author's writing style.

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    1. Celeste's writing style is truly amazing, isn't it? It is hard to imagine being as talented as Neil Gaiman for me. Happiest of New Years to you, too! :-)

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  6. Lots of excellent points here. We have to learn that there are no "rules" in writing, only advice.

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    1. Well, there are still a few rules but advice is what I was offering. :-)

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  7. Or as my daddio would say " you wanna write. So write already."

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  8. Thanks for the inspiring post, Roland. Many great words of wisdom. I love that piece of advice by Neil Gaiman. Also, I love the affirmative and positive energy of this post. Happy writing to you, and happy 2018!

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    1. How you start the New Year mentally affects how it goes I think -- so positive perspective is the way to go, right? Thanks for visiting, Kathy

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  9. What a fabulous, inspirational post, Roland. Thank you and Happy New Year!

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    1. Cathrina, thanks for the great words. May your New Year be wonderful as well. :-)

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  10. I'm afraid I'm not writing much these days, and it feels good to have a break. Instead I should be promoting my books... maybe I'll get around to that soon...

    (lol)

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    1. Farmers let their fields lie fallow for a season. So if even dirt needs a rest, how much more do our minds, right? :-)

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  11. When konstantin stanislavski stated: " put your entire life into your work", he also meant death." Love the art in yourself, and not yourself in the art".....^^^^

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    1. Death is the shadow that follows Life until it finally catches us, right? Love the quote.

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