Writing is Simple. Am I lying?

The-Writing-Process robby and bobby
Try to avoid this πŸ™‚

WELL IT IS simple, but a writer can never stop writing. Rewards are fleeting and few (so far). Once one project is done, it’s on to the next. Calling myself a writer still feels fraudulent however. The book I have been editing as of late I will be trying to get published: as yet untitled. Until it is published I can’t be happy about it beyond having finished writing a book. While that is currently in Beta reader stage I have plenty to do.

I need to polish my synopsis for when I submit my the book.

Literary agent hunting season has opened!

Dog Story (aka book 2 – not a sequel) is nearly finished. Gonna’ print that off reacquaint myself with the story and characters, make some edits and straighten out the storyline.

Short story collection needs editing…then probably self publish.

And blogging of course! Being on WordPress is such a great outlet to connect with you between the times of blinking cursor and Word.

Have I learnt anything from writing a book?

Mainly get rid of distractions. Disconnect from the web. Just you and the laptop/computer/typewriter?! Write until your body tells you you need to move something other than your arms and fingers. Rinse and repeat. As long as you make sure you are sitting in front of a device you can write stories into that’s half the battle. The other 50%? Discipline to write. Discipline to type through the passages you think are weak, to type through the times the words are reluctant participants. I’m hardly the first to state this. But it is true, and it is that simple.

 

18 Comments

    1. Yeah I have submitted a few but the turnaround is so terrible generally, I’m going to publish myself. But I know what you mean, it does look good to have credits. I can invent some?! J/k

  1. May I make a suggestion? Yes, writing is simple yet it can be frustrating. I’ve noticed that you are going from project to project. That is not a bad thing. Sometimes I find myself writing two books at the same time.Other writing projects put your mind in another gear even though it still involves writing.

    I would also suggest that you NOT push yourself to constantly write. Your mind and your body needs rest. Don’t feel like you have to write every day. Instead take a day off once in a while – at least once a week. Why not read a book by another author. That can actually trigger your imagination.

    A typical day for me is writing, researching, and reading. A find that my mind is refreshed, my imagination alive, and my confidence soaring.

    So yes, discipline is necessary. But part of that discipline is to schedule other activities. And allow for those interruptions. I don’t like them when they occur, but later I often find that the break was good for me.

    One last thing. Why do you write? This is your motivation. It is what drives you. So keep in touch with your motivation, be disciplined, be versatile, and read.

    1. Thanks for your engaging comment.
      One project is nearly done! So I have more time to focus on something else now.
      “I would also suggest that you NOT push yourself to constantly write. Your mind and your body needs rest.” – That is very true and definitely something for me to take heed of. the mind definitely needs a cleansing period.

      Why do I write? Because I love to do it πŸ™‚

  2. Good afternoon. Writing isn’t difficult, what’s difficult is when I finally have my mind focused, I’m almost always interrupted! Discipline is definitely key even when I’m interrupted. To keep myself on track, I sometimes put myself on a challenge and try like the dickens to accomplish it. Luckily, I have completed those challenges with an A+. Currently, I’m one chapter away from completed a novelette. The one thing I don’t like about writing is revision. I’d rather shave my hair off. But I have to do what I have to do as a writer. And yes, I hop around from project to project. Some days I write poetry, the next, a short story, the next a novelette. A writer’s job is never done. πŸ™‚

    1. I’m always jumping from project to project too. And revision is the hell before the glory, editing is just pretty tedious going over the same story you’ve been looking at, thinking of for months or however long. But it’s worth it in the end! πŸ™‚
      Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Nice I know it isn’t to simple I have been writing on a book off and on for twenty years first it was school that got in way, then it was family, now that I’m an empty nest Mom and my husband past on almost 4 years ago I have started writing again. I love it but it is work. So thanks have a good day Mr Lion.

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