Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Some days we fight the good fight and get trampled anyway.

Yeah, writing did not go well today. Part of it is some of the current ick of real life and the tiredness that comes from said ick. The rest of it, I think, is discipline. Maybe there are a few rogue particles of it that are due to something else. Lack of Diet Coke, perhaps?

Still, I've done some of my most prolific writing during equally stressy times when my own health was not as good as it is now. Seeing as how I do not intend to return to serious illness as a writing aid, it's got to be something else. I'm going to focus on the discipline angle, in that case.

I'll start by quoting Bishop T.D. Jakes -- Whatever you feed, lives. Whatever you starve, dies.

Easy enough, pretty basic, and yet, something I had to remind myself about, so that does say something. Butt in chair (cat on lap optional, but likely)and fingers on keyboard. Doesn't have to be good. Doesn't have to be usable. Doesn't have to be for this project. Only has to be.


Kat said...

It's like you told me recently - it doesn't have to be good, it doesn't have to be kept. It just has to be written.

I try to remind myself of that, but it's so hard to do when RL gets in the way, and you're just too tired to think strait let alone produce anything.

I'm reading an interesting book right now. I know it's not your cuppa, but the author is a favorite of mine. It's called "How I Write" by Janet Evanovich. She gives some very good pointers - many that you can find in other how-to books, but since I love her books and how she writes, I love reading her side of things. I may have to take some notes!

Anna said...

Hah, surprise -- I have that book on my want list. Her fiction isn't my cuppa, but she has a great career, so she's doing something right; I may be taking notes, too.

Kat said...

I didn't get the notes taken, but I work at a library and can always get the book back for note taking later. Let me know what you think once you read it.