On Writing

Earlier today I had a chat that challenged my reasoning for wanting/needing to write. I had to discuss my motivations and really think hard about the desired outcome of all this output.

Do I want to be published?
Do I need the validation (to say nothing of wanting it)?
Do I define success already?
Do I do what I do well enough already?
Do I have a process?

There was talk of reading (Imagine that! Folks who want to learn to writer better talking of the bi-product of writing: reading) some helpful texts, specifically Stephen King’s On Writing and Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird.

We also tossed around Ficlets (I know; I’m a broken record), bed-side notebooks, blogs, Twitter and “safe places”.

Deep, I know.

I’m focusing on a few key takeaways:

  1. Who(m) else I would include in this circle
  2. Concrete goals for my writing efforts/endeavors
  3. Finding more time
  4. Having more fun
  5. Sharing more of my writing
  6. Planning for additional meetings – both in frequency and length, but also purpose

Which is not to say I’m all business. Notice ‘fun’ is enumerated. That’s a sure sign that ‘fun’ will occur: writing it down on a list.

“You kids will have fun whether you like it or not” kind of a deal.

I also want to focus on the opposite goal: getting something written. Kinda obvious for a guy who wants to be a writer, but hard when I work full-time and have a wife and two young kids.

Still, I have enough snippets, thoughts, stray story-starters and ideas that, when added to my nightly allotment of WoW time should equal productivity in the form of characters, words, sentences, paragraphs and pages.

At least I hope it does.

So here’s to all of that, plus a dash of inspiration.


UPDATE: Too many Firefox tabs leads to forgotten links. Here’s some more inspiration.

2 thoughts on “On Writing

  1. ON WRITING is an invaluable work, but I highly, highly recommend the audiobook over the actual text. (You can get it at iTunes.) Hearing King’s emphasis here and casualness there really brings life to the work. Also, good for driving/walking/etc.

    That book just keeps coming up today. I just quoted it in a fairly intense blog post (which I may or may not even, you know, post). Good advice in that book, that I think is valuable to hear even if it’s not universally applicable to all writers.

  2. Maigh says:

    Great recap, Seth. I suck for not having done the same. If I didn’t have scruples, I’d just plagiarize your post…

    Rad tip on the audio book, Will. I’ve been needing an excuse to walk more and I may have just found it.

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