Reviving the Writer

Steve left an encouraging comment to me the other day. It really got me thinking. So his comment.

Steve Evans says:

Hey Reena – you are a writer. An editor too, but a writer first off. Just because you’ve not written anything for a while doesn’t change that even one little tiny smidgen of an iota.

I worked in the media for a number of years because I thought it would help me to be a “proper writer” that is, a novelist. I was wrong. As you say,work just sucked out the energy. But I learned a lot about writing and when I chucked it and started writing fiction, it was a great help.

Anyway the point is that you never know what the future will bring. You have a great attitude about writing, and about life – so say I.

Hope the NatNoMo goes just exactly as you would wish.

Steve

For awhile now, I’ve had the idea in my head that writers write. Anyone with a published piece of work could be an author indefinitely, but writing was a status you had to constantly do to achieve. I still believe that… writers write.

Steve said, “Hey Reena — you are a writer.”  I have to admit, it gave me a boost. However, I also had to ask myself, if I’m a writer… what the heck was I doing not writing? Haha

I thought of my unrealistic goal of knocking out a short story each week. That was the goal I made last week. I make all sorts of lofty goals I’ll never accomplish. That’s just me. 🙂 And to be honest… it’s difficult to even get started on an unrealistic goal because it’s like trying to eat an elephant in one sitting.

Yesterday, I woke up thinking about my muse… and where it had gone. I thought about how ideas used to float to me in the shower. How I’d dream of plots and scenes to write the next day. Now… I don’t know where that creativity has gone. It’s kind of like going to school. As long as you keep going, your brain stays fresh and ready to work. Take a few decades off and it’s a struggle to get back into the game. HOWEVER… it only takes a few weeks/months for the brain to reboot and get in the learning mode.

I think writing is the same way (or so I hope).

I’m all over the place here. I guess that’s why it’s called rambling. Let’s get back to writers write. Instead of the elephant of a goal of writing a short story each week, I can begin by writing a little every day… something that doesn’t overwhelm me. It brought to mind I Loved You First.

I believe I was about half-way into writing the novel. It’d been on the side burner for awhile. Then I came across this group whichhad a daily goal of writing 100 words. I did some calculations and realized if I wrote 100 words a day, I’d have the book finished in about 6 months. What was great about the 100 words was it was outside of my current writing project. In my mind, it’d be a way to complete one extra book that year, which might never have been completed.

So now… I’m thinking to myself… why can’t I do that now? Why I can’t I be a writer who writes 100 words a day?

The Sun Still RisesThank you for your words of encouragement, Steve. I’m writing again.

Out of the dusty closet, I’ve pulled out a contemporary work called “The Sun Still Rises.” The word count is about 12K at the moment. It’s been a while since I’ve worked on it, so I’m not really sure where it’ll lead. At the moment, I envision it being a novelette. I’m thinking, I’ll probably double the word count… hit somewhere around 25K.

It’ll take me about 4 months to finish it if I write 100 words a day. So!!! Hopefully, I’ll have the first draft wrapped up by thetime I hit NaNo. Yes, yes… I know NaNo is only 3 1/2 months away. However, there will be days I write more than 100 words. The goal is to write 100 words a day… no days off. I did that with I Loved You First. I can do it again. After all, 100 words only takes about 15 minutes of my time. Certainly I can spare 15 minutes a day to reboot my writing brain. 🙂

Anyway… I’ve had this cover for a while. What do you think?

0 thoughts on “Reviving the Writer

  1. Hi Reena thanks for the kind words. You deserve many actually. You’ve given me plenty of inspiration from your blog and the attitude that seeps through it.

    The way I reckon is that writers don’t necessarily write, certainly not all the time. But they think writing even when they think it in the back of their minds, they think it. As they go through life things that happen to them or that they see, or hear about, go into a writing pot.

    For quite a while I had not been writing…a lot had gone on in my life and while I wanted to write, I felt I needed to do some research and some writing thinking. But I never thought I would never write again unless something drastic like for example death intervened.

    Of course it’s different for everybody. I feel the same way about photography that I feel about writing, and while I’ve not taken any photos for a while, I know I will.

    What I reckon is that the attitude, the sass combined with humility that percolates through your site, shows you are a writer. You will write. You’ll be irritated by how bad it is a lot as I am about my stuff. And then you’ll pick yourself up, have a holiday, and one day you’ll sit down and…

  2. Love this post! Well said. I suffer from trying to eat the same “elephant”. Your plan is a sound one — we’re behind you!

    Love the cover. It’s very intriguing. Gets the reader curious right off the bat.

  3. That makes a lot of sense, Steve. Even when not writing, there’s still the writer’s mind… the constant urge not to neglect the writing. As months passed, Jean Auel often came to mind. I started reading her books when I was in my teens. It took her over 31 years to write 6 books. There was almost a 9 year gap between her last two books. It gave me a bit of hope… even though I was/am going through a dead spell, I could always return to the game.

    ~IslandWoman. One bite at a time… right? That’s what I love about setting goals… particularly if there are little goals in place to reach larger goals. Every day seems like an accomplishment… then as I near the end of the big goal, there’s that much more excitement and urgency.

  4. Exactly!

    The little goals leading to the bigger ones, kinda feels like permitting the blossoming of a new flower. Even though it’s the “same” as the previous blossoms, each is new in its own right. Then hopefully you get whole bouquets, right! 😀 (Or gardens, even! lol)

    Love your comment about Jean Auel. I’ve been reading her since I was way too young (from my now mature view point, lol) and she is a great inspiration. Thanks!

  5. Jean Auel’s last book has been on my reading list since well before she released it. 🙂 Sometimes I wonder how she feels about writing.

    I think back when I started writing, and I figured it was something easy to do. You write a book and someone publishes it for you. It wasn’t until I finished my first book and started researching that it wasn’t so straightforward. There’s the massive editing. There are the gatekeeping agents, then if you do get one and a publisher, there’s the marketing. There’s the low paying return (for most authors). Really, it’s hard work… and can be financially costly even.

    I wonder how different Jean Auel thought becoming an author would be. She took so long to publish the later books, I wonder if it all just became a chore. A task she had to complete/was expected to complete because she started.

  6. I’ve kind of wondered the same thing. The one before this last one felt “obligatory” to me, as in she wrote it because she felt obliged to. It didn’t have the same spark as when the story itself was talking to her. I feel like the two previous to the latest were especially “written” meaning with a lot of sweat. But the latest one she found a bit more to pull her along as she wrote. Sadly it’s a little bit heavy handed, I’d say, but still had more of her pizazz back, which was great. No matter what, I love the level of detail her extensive research brings. I often have to remind myself that her version isn’t necessarily how it actually happened — it lives and breathes that much for me.

    I’d definitely say a lot of the luster fell off writing for her for a long time, but have to give her full props that she’s hung in there and seems to have reconnected more again!

    Yes, publishing can be easy — if you have the $$, right? Otherwise it’s like a lottery in so many ways from what I can see. For anyone that it’s not a lottery, it seems to me that it’s just a huge amount of blood, tears, and SWEAT. 😀

  7. It does seem like a lottery sometime. I’m convinced it’s not all random though. I’ve seen the results of getting a foot in the door early. Then again, it’s a lottery trying to figure out where the right door is. haha

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