So those of you who’ve paid attention to my recent rambings are already aware that I’ve taken up with my novel again.
I say it that way deliberately. In this day and age of blogging and self-publishing, it feels almost passé and cliché to announce “I’m a writer” or “I’m writing a book”. It’s even worse since I’m an English teacher – oh, can we say “stereotype”?
And no manner of exhortation or remonstrances of “I’ve been writing since I was old enough to formulate thought” (although I have) are going to eliminate the taint of dilettante from my saying “I write”. Hells, every single one of my students thinks they’re the next Rowling or Collins or Green. I doubt anyone will take me seriously until I’ve actually got my own ISBN (#1 on my bucket list, by the way).
Still, I persevere. I plug away at the keyboard (used to be a manual typewriter; yes, I owned one for real) and I create characters and build worlds and manipulate plot points, all for an exclusive beta readership of three. (Three is the magic number, after all.) I am currently writing on a schedule of 2500/day and I’ve got 4 chapters and am 17,000 words deep in this.
Forgive me, then, if I fall derelict in my blogging duties; I’m realizing that my true calling is fiction and not fashion and I’d like to give myself time to explore this before the minutiae of work begins again in August.
I’d forgotten how much I need to write. It’s my lifeblood. Melodramatic? Perhaps. But then again, I’m in good company. Today, for 5 Things, I give you 5 quotes about writing that resonate with me in my current state. Regardless of whether you’re a kindred soul or not, I hope you can empathize with the spirit in which these were written:
- “I always do the first line well, but I have trouble with the others.” Moliere
- “Thoughts fly and words go on foot. Therein lies all the drama of a writer.” Julien Green
- “Too many writers are trying to write with too shallow an education. Whether they go to college or not is immaterial…a good writer needs a sense of the history of literature to be successful as a writer.” James Kisner
- “The first draft of anything is sh*t.” Ernest Hemingway
- “You must write every single day of your life…You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads….may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” Ray Bradbury
HEAR YE, HEAR YE:
It’s T3 time this week, folks!
This month, dress like your favorite literary villain.
But come join the fun this Thursday and share your book-inspired fashions!