I've really enjoyed hearing your thoughts on writing this week! I'll tie the series up tomorrow with a short post on publishing. In the meantime, let's talk about the creative process...
Above my desk I’ve assembled some of my favorite writing quotes, reminders, and mantras.
- Trust yourself
- “Simplify, Simplify” – Henry David Thoreau
- TRUTH / DETAILS (sight, sound, smell taste, touch) / HUMOR / HOPE - I try to include these things in every chapter
- “It has to get messy before it can be cleaned” – something my mom used to say about deep-cleaning the house, which applies to the writing process as well
- Can they relate? - referring to readers
- “…Everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” - Sylvia Plath; this really helped me through the writing of my first book.
- BETTER words, ACTIVE verbs, STRONG metaphors - When I’m editing, I use this like a checklist for each paragraph
- Empty frame - “All I have to do is to write down as much as I can see through a one-inch picture frame…to figure out a one-inch piece of my story to tell, one small scene, one memory, one exchange.” – Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird
- Turtle – slow and steady wins the race
Other Favorite Mantras...
- Show Up - from Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED talk
- Be Obedient to the Work - “…The artist must be obedient to the work, whether it be a symphony, a painting, or a story for a small child. I believe that each work of art, whether it is a work of great genius, or something small, comes to the artist and says, 'Here I am. Enflesh me. Give birth to me.'…The artist must be obedient to the command of the work, knowing that this involves long hours of research, of throwing out a month’s work, of going back to the beginning, or sometimes, scrapping the whole thing.” – Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water
- “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” – Mark Twain
Your turn! What reminders are stuck above your desk? Do you have any favorite writng mantras?
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