Round 2 Wednesday 4

Writing wisdom is a mutable thing.  It depends on the person, on the type of writing needed…  sometimes it even depends on the time of the year.  For example, Sunday I was talking about a Writer’s Digest article I’d read on writing with a “buddy”; today I read opposing advice in The Writer’s Book of Wisdom by Steven Taylor Goldsberry:

Writers prefer this (solitude) arrangement.  We are, in fact, like Hobbits, about whom, Tolkien said, “Their elusiveness is due solely to a professional skill.”  We perform better that way.  Our greatest work for human is accomplished as far from humans as we can get. (p 11)

It does go to show how very personal the writing process can be.  So if you’ve ever wondered why the words aren’t coming, if bouts of writer’s block suggested you “just weren’t meant to be a writer”, or myriad other “Writer’s Worries” fill your head…  fear not.  You don’t have to look far to find some thoughts on the process or the craft or even the business that will be able to help you personally.

The only thing you need to do as a writer is…


And a great way to get started on that is by posting you check-in.  We’re already a quarter of a way into this Round of Words.  Hope it’s going absolutely smashing for you all.  🙂


Round 3 Sunday Check-in 4

Lately, as I’ve plotted and planning some changes to the ROW80 site, I’ve been looking over our large archive of inspirational posts.  A common thread or two has shown up—the need to “just write” even when the words don’t seem to want to come out right (or sometimes at all).  And of course, the “how do we find ideas”, but that’s a topic for another post.

The thing is, we do tend to cripple ourselves from the first with ideas of how we should be instead of how we plan to be.  This may seem like I’m splitting hairs here, but it’s pretty simple really.  If we feel we ‘should’ be able to write great stories, then that crappy first draft will be a heartbreaking experience.  But if we plan to write great stories, we can set goals to get us there, step by step..

And of course, this works for so many things we do, not just writing.

As for the quote…  think of it combined with this one:

I could, of course, add a hundred others, all threading together.  The point is… write, made wonderful-terrible words, then write some more.  And somewhere in there, those great stories will happen.  For you, for someone you care about…  perhaps even for a complete stranger.

BTW here’s your check-in linky for the day:

Round 2 5th Sunday Check-in

Now that we’re in the middle of the round, it might be a great time to look over our progress and see if what we’re doing is working for us.  If you’re like me, pure pantser, yet struggling to keep track of it all… maybe you might want to take a page from Fallon Brown and try corralling that chaos.

You have to do what works best for you. Some may say so much organization will wreck creativity. But without it, I can’t even focus enough to tap into that creativity.  — When Chaos Descends

Be true to what works and doesn’t…  you can’t fix problems you don’t see.  Be “who you are” not what you want to be, as Elizabeth Mitchell says:

…let your voice ring true through all your writing, both on the blog during Row80 check-ins and in your longer creative writing efforts. A passion for a subject lights up the core of the writing done about it, and is mesmerizingly attractive.Be Who You Are

You can do this.  Just let us know at the linky: