Friday, August 27, 2010

Procrastinating the Written Word

The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.
—Mary Heaton Vorse

I love this quote! For me, it says it all. I've been so caught up in writing advice either online or in magazine articles that I've lost focus of what I'm trying to accomplish. Writing. I'll never get the job done if my butt isn't in the seat, right?

Procrastination is a nasty habit of mine when it comes to writing. I think the main reason is fear of rejection. I know, rejection is part of the game. I've heard this over and over, but it'll still be a slap in the face when I get my first one.

Another reason I procrastinate is perfectionism. I want everything I write to be pristine and beautiful on the first draft. I have to tell myself, get real. Nobody's perfect, especially on the first draft.

I'm printing out Vorse's quote right now and taping it to my desk. And, I will get busy writing...in the morning...I promise. Pinky swear.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Daily Walk Triggers Storyline

Last week, I'm walking the paths of our property, staring at the ground to watch for snakes, when a young boy's story popped into my head. At first, I pushed the thoughts away, thinking I was getting too distracted from my snake watch. However, with each step, a story unfolded in my mind. I could see the young character as plain as day in my mind. I was familiar with his personality. He whispered his story in my ears while I walked. Heartbreaking, but he conquers it triumphantly in the end.

I didn't even come in and wipe the sweat from my forehead before I grabbed my notebook and pencil and wrote the storyline down. I mean, it came to me for a reason, right?

I'll file it away for future use. At this point, I cannot let my "creative procrastination" steer me from the novel I'm working on now.

Sometimes I marvel at the functions of a creative mind. They can be counter-productive, yet fascinating.