5 Things :: of writers on writing

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:

  1. “I always do the first line well, but I have trouble with the others.” Moliere
  2. “Thoughts fly and words go on foot. Therein lies all the drama of a writer.” Julien Green
  3. “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
  4. “The first draft of anything is sh*t.” Ernest Hemingway
  5. “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
Week in review - Playing with filters; this one's "Sage" in the Picstitch app.

Week in review – Playing with filters; this one’s “Sage” in the Picstitch app.

It’s T3 time this week, folks!
This month, dress like your favorite literary villain.
Or not.
But come join the fun this Thursday and share your book-inspired fashions!

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7 thoughts on “5 Things :: of writers on writing

  1. […] is not writing 2K words a day on a sustained story. You capisce?) Then about a month ago, I gave vent to some of my angst about my decision. And now, here we are, entering month three and my summer is […]

  2. Good for you! I’m impressed as heck that you even have a writing schedule, must less one that you stick to. I loved the quotes and want you to know that I believe I’ll actually be on time and on theme for T3 this week! I know, I know, it’s a miracle!

    • mtsedwards says:

      I’d been thinking about that – my schedule and how I’m possibly going to accommodate everything when summer’s over. Sigh.

      Can’t wait to see what you have for us and T3! I actually had one for your Literary Stylings then didn’t quite make your linkup deadline, but I’m posting it anyway this Friday. ;p

  3. I love that you included a Molière quote…he is one of my favorite French authors! And c’est fait! I’ve completed the homework you gave me 🙂 Also, I will patiently await the appearance of your novel on the bestseller’s list so that I can proclaim, “I know her!”…well, sort of 🙂

    • mtsedwards says:

      You do know me, no “sort of” about it. And I can only pray that I can get the thing published; bestseller’s list is a bit ambitious right now. ;p

  4. Oh bravo Maricel! One of the things that delighted me most about blogging was the unexpected creative surge! I don’t know…I thought I started a blog simply as an exercise in learning a new techie skill…and then I thought I started one because I wanted my voice to be heard…but I’m beginning to think that it was the universe that was nudging me towards to more expansive creative expression, and although it took some time, over a year of blogging for me, something positive is definitely going on creatively speaking, and I 100% believe it’s my blog that has everything to do with that! So, thank your blog Maricel!!! But do what ya gotta do!!!

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