Friday, March 28, 2014
I was looking through my writing calendar (A Writer's Year: Managing Your Time in 2014) to see what I have and have not accomplished in the past few weeks and started reading some of the quotes (yes, again procrastinating a bit but, what the heck, the quotes are there to read, right?!!).
The first I noticed speaks to my post last week about writing without waiting for a muse or bolt of inspiration. William Faulkner says, "Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it's the only way you can do anything really good."
Well, that just seems to be the epitome of a "duh" moment, does it not? There are often so many fears which prevent us from writing, but, if we don't, we can't get better, won't have anything to submit and, therefore, will not have any chance of publication. So write, take the risk...perseverance pays!
The other quote that spoke to me this morning is along a similar line. EL Doctorow says...
"Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way."
I love this comparison. It's like that old saying...put one foot in front of the other. One just needs to keep moving forward one line at a time, paragraph by paragraph and soon...viola...a book is born (or story or article for that matter). Focus on the here and now (what is within your headlight zone), and it will lead to the final destination whatever that may be.
I would love to hear about the process of your writing journey if you feel inclined to share.