Writing One Day At A Time...A Page, A Chapter
Bringing thoughts to the written page....
Modern privacy, one of a writer's tools....
The phone rings
It rings again.
Bell Laboratories is to blame for that.
That urgent timing between rings.
Just the right interval.
Knowing it as man's contrivance, makes it easier to ignore.
Voicemail does the rest...modern privacy, if not tranquility.
Better still: turn the ringer off.
Writing's a hard game.
"Writers write." Hemingway said so.
True; when they can;
A page a day. a chapter a week.
Whatever works out, for now.
Goals are fine, but don't be a slaggard.
"Page done! Go play!"
Not so fast!
Keep the ultimate goal in mind.
"Strike while the iron is hot."
That doesn't just apply to blacksmiths making horseshoes.
The writer "on a roll" shouldn't let a phone call, or an achieved goal stop them in mid-thought.
Write on until more serious duties impose themselves,
or until fatigue clouds the mind,
and the writing produced won't maintain the needed quality to justify the time.
Having an agent helps.
They don't get paid until the writer does,
so the agent (especially if there is an advance involved)
will prompt their writer to finish on time.
But creativity isn't always in agreement.
That old bugaboo "writers block" sometimes is a wall of many blocks.
"Do Not Disturb" hangs on the closed door's knob,
but thoughts intrude.
Classical background music sometimes helps.
Foot tapping is out, except for writing lyrics.
Liking the subject and the characters helps.
Sometimes the characters can be quite insistent, too.
"Hey! How about me boss?
Part of me is still there in your fingertips!"
The poems are that way, too.
One of mine even resurrected itself,
when my name was already at its bottom,
signed, but apparently not sealed.
Who put all these words in my head?
How soon will they run out?
When will the flow stop?
Not now, I hope!
Not soon either. It's only the start of the week.
© 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.
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