Write a scene in which your character tastes something new.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Are you a procrastinator?
I know I am.
Why do today what you can
put off until tomorrow, right?
But while I'll readily admit
that I am the queen of procrastinators,
I'll also admit that living
like that is no fun.
Procrastinating is like walking around with a dragon constantly breathing down your neck. Whatever it is that we're avoiding doing, we can't get it off our minds. We can't really put our full efforts into anything else either, in the meantime, because we're using all
(or most) of our energies pushing those nagging thoughts back that tell us to go do what we really should be doing.
Especially when it comes to writing.
"Come on, what's the big deal?" you say, "All writers procrastinate."
That may be true. Robert Masello, author of Roberts Rules of Writing: 101 unconventional lessons every writer needs to know, says "Both successful writers and unsuccessful writers procrastinate -- but there is one big difference. Successful writers get over it."
"But I enjoy procrastinating," you say, "When I finally do sit down to write, that's when I do some of my best stuff."
No you don't, and no it's not. Trust me.
And if you don't trust me, trust Robert.
According to him, "Procrastination doesn't make the task any sweeter or better, it just drags the whole thing out. Every day you delay makes the work look more formidable, and every day you chip away at it, even with only a few paragraphs, makes it look that much more managable."
I don't know about you, but that's one quote that's going on a post-it above my workspace.
So, stop procrastinating and get back to work already!
Chip, chip, chip!
Posted by Christiana at 2:35 PM
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
I stumbled across this fantastic gem
of a verse this afternoon, and I just
had to share it with all you creative,
passionate people out there.
It's from Galatians 6:4, The Message.
"Make a careful exploration of who you are
and the work you have been given,
and then sink yourself into that.
Don't be impressed with yourself.
Don't compare yourself with others.
Each of you must take responsibility
for doing the creative best you can
with your own life."
The creative best... Amazing little phrase there, isn't it? It's like an affirmation of your gift and the permission to explore that gift to your heart's content all rolled into one.
What a lovely feeling!
Posted by Christiana at 12:40 PM