Recently on Twitter, @LornaSuzuki reminded me of this great Writing Truism, which I’ve come across before:
Just keep writing.
I’ve told myself those very words but had recently, once again, forgotten.
Something to stick on the fridge, isn’t it? Or the bathroom mirror. So very handy to keep around just in case one of those moment arise. You know, when:
You don’t know how your novel ends…
Your characters are dithering in circles and mumbling about…
You’ve got a zillion plot holes the size of cockroaches…
Everyone you know keeps asking you: ‘isn’t it done yet?…’
Well, now you know the appropriate response to the above conundrums!
Just. Keep. Writing.
Out of a consistent writing practise (you’ll notice I didn’t say daily–not everyone can do it daily), the solutions will arise. (And by ‘writing practise’ I mean thinking about writing as well as the physical act of writing). Just don’t give up on your goal!
Oh, and maybe grab a donut. (A good sugar rush can’t hurt!)
PS. Can you think of any other writing moments that apply? I’m sure there are tons!
Avoid playing Gran Turismo 5 for four days straight. Do not start a ‘Sweeney’ DVD watching marathon (Sweeney is a 70’s British cop show that I love). Twitter and Identi.CA are DANGEROUS!
Write, write, write, write!
Yep, those are certainly ways to procrastinate! Sometimes a little down-time is helpful…our creative minds need to let off a little steam…but we’ve still got to be careful not to get sucked into any time sucking traps (ahem, Twitter)…and leave our writing goals to gather dust on the shelf!
Especially when writing gets ‘hard’. Those are the times to dig deep and not lose site of the overall goal. (In other words, not give up!)
Thanks for dropping by! As always, appreciate your comments!