Today I did about two hours of revision. Felt good - back in my old office, clean desk, nice copy I've been working from and I use mytomatoes.com to keep me focussed. I only have about twenty pages to edit then I need to put it all in the computer. Whew! Then and that should be by the end of the week - I can send it out to my first readers PLUS the dear Tartlette. I'm so thrilled that she offered.
So I'm trying to figure out what besides New Years intentions and aspirations made today such a go-ahead day. This is what I thought:
Here is my tip from the top today.
Tip : Show Up! You have to be present to win!
Top: All of them from Mo Morrison (hi Dad!) to Anne Lamott to Stephen King say it in one form or another. Here's Stephen, "Don't wait for the muse. As I've said, he's a hardheaded guy who's not susceptible to a lot of creative fluttering. this isn't the Ouija board or the spirit-world we're talking about here, but just another job like laying pipe or driving long-haul trucks. Your job is to make sure the muse knows where you're going to be every day from nine 'til noon or seven 'til three. If he does know, I assure you that sooner or later he'll start showing up, chomping his cigar and making his magic." Stephen King. On Writing p157
How it works in my life: Show up, sit down and start writing. If you believe in a muse that isn't a problem but don't believe your muse will show up and nudge you into work. No. He or she will show up if you do . If you don't believe in a muse then you oughta be showing up without this to remind you. Prime the pump by reading out of a favourite book or looking at an inspiring picture or imagining the letter from the publisher but start writing. Only writing improves writing. Only writing creates stories, poems, novels, memoirs - nothing else will do. Not thinking, not dreaming, not joining writer's groups or going to conventions. Sure, do all that - find your people, your tribe - you'll need that but only writing creates writing. Got it? Good. Let's write!
a completely gratuitious picture - my dear only grand-daughter Hannah.