Every writer needs a little encouragement along the way. A helpful word of advice from people who’ve been there can be especially helpful. The very groovy people at Shared Worlds have asked some of fiction’s writers, editors and artists write down some words of wisdom on their hands and take a picture.
Hand in Hand…
I love this. Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite people. I’ve only read a few of his books but I’ve been reading his blog and following him on Twitter for a while. I actually got to meet him in June while he was on his book tour for ‘Ocean at the End of the Lane’. He spoke for about an hour and a half before the book signing and as always, he was funny and smart , and really quite amazing.
I love his hand-written advice. It really does play on what I truly need to do. I need to write, finish what I am writing and keep writing.
Here are some of my other favorites…
Jody Lynn Nye
Shared Worlds is a creative writing experience offered to high school students by Wofford College in South Carolina. You can see the rest of the Hand in Hand advice here.
Today we will find a second installment of writing conversation from Kevin Hearne on the subject of linear vs. non linear writing. Kevin shares some of his experience with this issue, a few of Kevin’s writer friends also chime in.
Writing Encouragement No. 2
In writing, the shortest distance to the end is not always a straight line.
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Here are my unpublished and inexperienced two cents…
I’ve finished two of my NaNo novels. The first one I wrote skipping around and sort of stitching things together. The second one I wrote in a more linear way and I am finding the rewrites on this on to be much more difficult than the first. I think the problem may lie with each scene and chapter being so connected to the next. There isn’t enough of a separation to allow me to wedge my red pen and delete button. I think it will take me some time to really get a handle on this story and get it rewritten the way it needs to be.
As productive as I was yesterday, today I was equally lazy. I don’t know if I would, or should, call it lazy. Stuff got done, like laundry and some general straightening. I was sore and tired, when Sully suggested I take it easy I was more than willing to listen. As soon as he said it I thought, ‘yeah, I need to sit down.’ Listening to Sully was good but listening to myself was even better. It’s important to pay attention to what’s going on inside and out. If I am thinking that I need to take it easy then it’s a good idea to take a minute and figure out what’s going on. It’s one thing if you’re just having a ‘I don’t wanna…’ type of day, I usually just try to power through those days. On the other hand on a day like today when you are trying to do it all and you think, ‘after I get this done then I am going to go sit’, it’s probably a sign to take it easy.
Even resting I got a few more things done. I went through a box of paperwork, most of it ended up in the recycling bin. I got my jewelry making tote out and made myself a pretty ribbon bookmark with charms on the ends for my new journal. I straightened up my desk and nightstand. For the most part I made a list of things to do for my Spring Cleaning.
Phase 1: Day 11
Since I was resting there was no walk. Well, Boo and I went to Walmart in the morning so there was some walking.
I did one set of my lower body workout, minus the squats and step ups. I also remembered to stretch.
Water = 40 ounces
I got so much done today. Yay! It’s crazy that I am celebrating this like it’s some huge thing. After yesterday, I was skeptical about getting anything done. So glad, that I was wrong.
I got the final Christmas boxes packed up and moved out to the garage. The kitchen table is still covered in things that need to be packed in our indoor box, candles, pictures, snowglobes and the like. I can’t tell you how glad and relieved I am to see the boxes out of the Great room. I love decorating for Christmas, the house looks so cute and cheery.
This year was tough, not only were we dealing with our first holiday season without Papa, then we also had my brother in law’s medical issues. I was spending a lot of time making sure Sully was doing ok, this may have helped me more than him. When I wasn’t worrying about him then I was worrying about my sister and how she was dealing with everything. Then in the middle of all of that I got the new washer and dryer. I love the new washer and dryer and I am so thankful to have them. Preparing for their delivery and dealing with the new machines, added a bit to an already crazy month. My old washer and dryer set is still sitting in my garage, along with the rolling cart and the shelves that I had on top of mine. Luckily my nephew should be picking them up next week.
So, the garage was cluttered with Christmas boxes, the old washer and dryer and then I added sawhorses and a work table to make the drawing table for Boo. Weeks later and the garage is still a mess but getting better as I get the Christmas boxes put away.
Here is a picture of boxes waiting to be moved into the garage. I have quite a few of these flip top crates. They hold quite a bit and stack well.
Phase 1: Day 10…
I walked more than 12 minutes today. Of course, that makes it sound like I am incapable of walking more at one time. This is more about me allowing myself the time to take a walk. I have always thought that I didn’t have time to exercise. I am proving myself wrong everyday.
My upper body workout is continuing to be strong. I added upright row and I can really feel it in my shoulders, particularly in the front of my deltoids. I think I will definitely see some improvement in the shape of my shoulders sooner rather than later.
Water = 32 ounces
For the most part, I am a very honest person. I expect honesty from other people and so I extend that same courtesy to others. Don’t get me wrong, I will dance around a touchy subject to save feelings and pride as much as the next person. At the same time though, I will try to convey my honest feelings in instances where it is needed. I harbor no delusions that my friends and family are on constant stand by waiting for my input.
As I strive to be as honest as possible with the people around me, I tend to be less than honest with myself. I want to be more honest with myself, writing it down here I think will help me to stay honest. If I really want to achieve change then I have to be honest, right?
I like this quote that is attributed to Albert Einstein, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
It’s so very true. Every year I say I am going to take better care of myself and then every year something comes up and I end up in the same cycle of bad habits. This year I am holding my ground. I honestly feel that there is nothing more important than my health this year. I’ve put it off too long and it happens now. There’s no I’ll start tomorrow, or I’ll skip today and pick up again or any of those excuses. It’s today, it’s now, it’s on…
Phase 1: Day 2…
I wasn’t able to walk due to time issues, instead I did a step workout that burned a comparable number of calories.
My lower body workout went well, 2 sets of 15 reps.
Water = 56 ounces