It’s hard to stop and post something but I’m committed to writing something new every day. It isn’t hard to write something new, it’s hard to stop and sit down. My life is complicated. I don’t know anyone whose life is not complicated.
Having a place to park and post is fascinating, though. Throughout my day I’m tempted to jot notes about what I’m going to post, but I don’t because I think it would sound self-conscious, self-absorbed. My blog is about the writing life, not me, so I don’t think I’ll walk around making a note every time I have a sudden “light-bulb” moment. I’m certain everyone has those moments, and am equally certain mine aren’t so brilliant as all that.
I think it is important though to encourage other writers to “park it” and write. I’ve heard some conference speakers use the button analogy. They hold up a large button and say, “this is what I have at my computer. I means butt on chair.” Cute. But go for it, anyway. Just ten words a day amounts to a lot after a while. It doesn’t matter what words. Any words. Stupid words, ridiculous words. Who’s looking? After some time you could go back and look over your “words” and maybe combine, delete, refine. Pretty soon you’d have a nice bit of writing under your “belt”. You could even write a book.
Actually, I should post something about what my blog is all about.
I write. Today my blog is about success with writing. Did I say success? What exactly is that? What success have I had? I’ve had a short story published. I’ve had poetry published. I’ve had newsletter articles, a small story published in a children’s magazine, my artwork published in small and large-scale venues.
However, I measure my success with whether or not my novels have been published or not and they have not been. So I do not consider myself a true success. And even if I have one published, will I be a success if the others are not? Every day I fight the voices real and imagined that harp at me. Why don’t you give up? Don’t worry about it, just stop writing. Give up. Give up. Give up.
No, it isn’t for me to give up. True writers must never give up. Look to those who have gone before, the success stories of writers. Were they successful when trying to publish their manuscripts at first? No. Sometimes it took many years and reams of rejections.
Jack London’s first story was rejected over 500 times.
Stephen King’s novel, Carrie, was rejected 30 times, so he threw it in the trash.
27 publishers turned down Dr. Seuss’s first book.
Charles Schultz was turned down for a job by Walt Disney. Schultz later created Peanuts which is still syndicated and in most major newspapers in the USA are using repeats. Because he doesn’t draw them anymore. He’s dead.
So this I say to you who write. True writers must repeat daily that it isn’t the most talented of writers who have novels published. It is the most persistent.
Wonderful news that all the miners trapped so far below ground have been freed. Now for the feeding frenzy of news-mongers. I can’t help but feel sorry for them. These were once men who were important to their families alone. Now they will be exposed to the world in ways that at first may feel wonderful. Fame and fortune await them. But the downside is that they will be also exposed to those interested in taking their what they can, using them. It has already been revealed that long-lost relatives have shown up to claim donated items. It isn’t a new phenomenon, certainly. Look at Haiti. How many billions have been sent there, to what result? Look at the monies stolen in Iraq. People are out for themselves. After spending over sixty days locked in the earth’s vault, these freed men must face new trials they never could have foreseen. Sadly, a new kind of torture.
Isn’t it ironic that in this day when it isn’t PC to “judge” others or to have an opinion that differs from the way the “majority” of folks out there think, that blogging is so popular. Blogging is all about opinion, a straight up “I believe in what I’m typing”. I read blogs. Not a lot, I don’t have the time. It is odd. That’s all I’m writing tonight.