Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Out of Nothing. . .

I'm sitting here this morning, listening to roofers banging on the house across the street. A bird stopped by my office window and blessed me with a song. The clock behind me is ticking off the seconds as I try to figure out what I am going to blog about today. I still have no idea.

But it is my day to post, therefore I must write something. And so goes the life of a writer. Sometimes you plunk yourself down in the chair to write, yet the words won't come. You don't know what's going to happen next in your WIP. You can't figure out a scene. It doesn't matter. You must write.

We hear it over and over again. I've heard it from editors, agents, and other authors. You must write every day. A hard concept to grasp when you're staring at a blank page. Yet that's exactly why we persevere. To eliminate the blank page. The only way you can change a blank page is to write. The only way you know if a scene works is to write it. The only way you will finish your story is to write it. So what if it's bad. You can fix it. It's paper. Heck, it's a computer screen with a delete key :-)

So I charge us today with writing. I give us permission to write crap. I give us permission to fill a page with dialog, and nothing else. Because within that gibberish may lurk an idea. One small ember that, when fanned, can spark to life. You add more fuel and before you know it, you've got a blazing inferno.

Come on gang, let's set the world on fire!

6 comments:

  1. Mindy,
    I think everyone is writing and no one is posting!
    Thanks for the reminder. Yes, write everyday even if you don't know what you want to write.

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  2. Mindy,

    I'd say you did pretty good to have come to the computer with nothing to write.

    Well done, well said.

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  3. Okay, I wrote. I fell asleep at the computer for the first time ever. But I wrote. I'm really excited about trying to turn my newest book into first person. I found out that I'm no longer guarded in first person. So ironic because I always hated first person before I read Demon-A Memoir! Now I realize it is perfect for me to write in. Perfect because I don't block the emotion in my writing. What a surprise!

    So I fought fatigue to get the words from a notebook into my laptop. I'm sure I fell asleep several times and landed on one keyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy...oh sorry. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Angieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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  4. LOL, Angie! I've fallen asleep before, but not toward the keys, luckily. My head falls backwards. :)

    Mindy, I think you did well for not knowing what to write!

    Missy

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  5. Sometimes out of nothing is the best way to go. God can really inspire you then. He doesn't have to work through our preconceived notions or expectations.

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