I’m late (but not that late!) to this round of RW80. I could have put off my objectives post until the Sunday check-in, but considering that my major writing obstacle is procrastination and that I already meant-to-but-didn’t get my goals up on Wednesday, I should probably strike while the motivation iron is hot.
My ride literally just texted me while I was typing that, so this will be a down and dirty post.
- Write 20,000 words for Camp NaNo in April
- Write at least one post per week for Persephone
- Write at least two posts per month for Powder Room
- Finish weeding out inactive writers on PR and respond to the rest of my current applicant pool
- Update and edit my personal blog (this one!)
- Craft three pitches for outlets I am not currently writing for
Earlier this week, Salon published an essay by writer Ann Bauer about, as she says, “the masquerade” that some writers put on — that is, the fact that writing doesn’t pay a lot of money and it’s easier to do if you happen to have access to a lot of it. Most writers — and friends and families of writers — know how hard it is to sustain yourself solely on a writing career. Those that manage to do so are a small and lucky bunch. The rest of us keep working day jobs or picking up as many freelance assignments as we can, or putting together piecemeal extra careers teaching a couple of classes here and a writing retreat there. And then there are the others whose careers are supported by the “sponsorship” of others — their spouses or significant others who happen to earn enough money to allow for the uncertainties of the life (and paycheck) of a writing career, or who may have some family money to fall back on. Continue reading
“The writer must have a good imagination to begin with, but the imagination has to be muscular, which means it must be exercised in a disciplined way, day in and day out, by writing, failing, succeeding and revising.” — Stephen King
“When asked, ‘How do you write?’ I invariably answer, ‘One word at a time,’ and the answer is invariably dismissed. But that is all it is. It sounds too simple to be true, but consider the Great Wall of China, if you will: one stone at a time, man. That’s all. One stone at a time. But I’ve read you can see that motherfucker from space without a telescope.” – Stephen King Continue reading
So here we are ending week two and moving into week three. Statistically (and realistically) many NaNo’ers have dropped out of the program at this point — that may include some of you, but I hope it doesn’t. Life happens or work happens or you get sick or maybe you’re just sick of your story — there’s a bazillion and one reasons people legitimately don’t have time to complete NaNo. But the big issue we always dance around admitting is that writing is hard work. Continue reading
The writer doesn’t want to disclose or instruct or advocate, he wants to transmute and disturb. He cherishes the mystery, he cares for it like a fugitive in his cabin, his cave. He doesn’t want to talk it into giving itself up. He would never turn it in to the authorities, the mass mind. The writer is somewhat of a fugitive himself, actually. He wants to escape his time, the obligations of his time, and, by writing, transcend them. The writer does not like to follow orders, not even the orders of his own organizing intellect. The moment a writer knows how to achieve a certain effect, the method must be abandoned. Effects repeated become false, mannered. The writer’s style is his doppelgänger, an apparition that the writer must never trust to do his work for him.