I have struggled with depression my whole life. During the past 10 years it has improved immensely, especially the past few. I now consider myself a happy person, a content person. The black days which used to be the norm are now rare.
But they’re not gone.
Enough about writing, just for one day.
I’m reading The Myths of Creativity by David Burkus, The Courage Quotient by Robert Biswas-Diener, and Out of Range by C. J. Box.
What are you reading?
I need to force myself to take some time off.
I am an obsessive person. Choose your personality type terminology: INFJ, 4 with a 5 wing, or Catalyst. That means I only have two settings: off, and AS MUCH AS THERE IS.
I don’t start a book unless I know I can finish it in one sitting.
When my entire music collection was vinyl, I listened to albums all the way through. I never, ever, skipped songs I didn’t like.
You’ve always dreamed of writing a novel and you still haven’t done it. It’s time.
I know the 2 things that are stopping you — this class sweeps them away.
Your novel will be finished by the end of 2014. No gimmicks, no shortcuts, no nonsense.
Just a reminder about the class Get Your Novel Out of the Someday Box in 2014.
International Standard Book Number. ISBN. It seems to confuse folks no end.
I get it. Numbers, to most of us in the western world, are about ownership. If someone has your social security number you could be in trouble. Credit card number? Lock it up. Driver’s license? Well, it feels important.
No. Wrong. It’s nothing like that.
Here are a few things I believe about being an author in 2013:
- It’s a great time to be an artist
- It’s a tough time to sell art
- Reading is a fundamental human activity; even reading for pleasure
- Yes, we need more books
- And more authors
- And more music and art of all kinds
- Gatekeepers serve no purpose in the world of art
- Selling art is still a business
- We have more tools than we can use, for writing, marketing, reading, sharing
- Literature is not an endangered species
- Nor are readers
- Or writers
- Or print
- Money comes second, or third; writing comes first
- Some people don’t believe that, but I don’t think it’s just my opinion, I think it’s a fact
- Nobody writes without fear
- Emotional fears do far more damage than good
- I hold back far more than you think I do
- Helping authors is more important to me than money
- I’d still love to have plenty of money and so would you
That’s the short version of the list.
And none of that is why I do what I do.
You do know that you’re the boss, right?
They’re your words.
Nobody gets to see them until you say they do.
The next eyes to see your words will be the eyes watching as you write.
Sure, it’s still scary like Hitchcock.
But it’s not scary like a loony wielding a framing hammer, like you think it is.
Your entire novel in 9 sentences. When I first read the concept, it made perfect sense to me because I’d just finished Story Engineering and knew why it would work.
What about you? Has this made sense?
It’s not easy. I’m grinding through the 9 sentences for the sequel to Through the Fog and they’re not coming easily.
But I’d rather struggle now than after writing a 40,000-word draft.
More than once I’ve heard the claim that some folks can’t plan a story in advance.
I just don’t buy it. Continue reading