Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Rules of Writing

You know you have to sit and stay to write. But so many things call you away--the clothes dryer buzzer, the timer on the stove, the phone ringing, that annoying beep that sounds when you have another post on Facebook, etc. etc. etc.

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So how do you stay put and do the job, the words, the edits, that writing requires? Is it a to-do list, accountability partner, a critique partner who demands to see what you're working on now, or is it just sheer determination?

What motivates you to write? The story? The characters? The theme? I'll admit to all of these. My Cherry Hill books are about family, pain, loss, abuse, wounds, and how people cope with them. Without the people of Cherry Hill, I wouldn't have a story. Once I learned who they were, the themes jumped out and grabbed me. Research has expanded my compassion for those in the same situations. Writing has made me a better person.

So back to you. What makes you Sit! and Stay! for the job? How do you keep working on your WIP?

Besides if all else fails, try this option
How I Stopped Procrastinating
LOL! I'll try the rules, thank you. ;-)

Announcement! My buddy Elle Druskin got me on Twitter. Check out the neat message for AN EASTER WALK she posted HERE. You can follow me on Twitter @ZanMarieS.

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    1. Thanks, Lara! I'm still wide-eyed and a bit befuddled. ;-)

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  2. Sheer determination for me. I really do like writing and I REALLY want to be published have since I was in grade school and knew what it meant. Keeping that goal in sight keeps me working. Even if I'm not as fast I wish I were.

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    1. Nothing's as fast as we want it to be! I'm slogging through the writing and hoping I'll learn how to do the querying part. ;-)

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  3. An interesting post that I enjoyed reading.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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  4. I keep trying different things. Lately I've had our Sarah M to tell me, in no uncertain terms, Sit! Stay!
    I might have to go back to my getting-up-way-too-early routine to get things done...

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    1. You can have the getting-up-way-too-early stuff! And good for Sarah M. Take a breath, Deniz!

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  5. For a newbie you are going at lightning speed on Twitter. So glad you decided to jump in!

    Elle

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    1. Thanks, Elle. And thank you for getting me started. ;-)

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