A Couple Thought Inducing Quotes On Writing

2 Nov

Loafing is the most productive part of a writer’s life.  ~James Norman Hall*

What no wife of a writer can ever understand is that a writer is working when he’s staring out of the window.  ~Burton Rascoe*

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Sometimes spending time somewhere pretty while your mind wanders is the best way to come up with a new idea.

Sometimes spending time somewhere pretty while your mind wanders is the best way to come up with a new idea.

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It’s interesting how much time is spent just thinking about your project. Before a pen is put to paper, or fingers poise above the keyboard, the mind has spend at least a little while contemplating where the story will go.  Sure, a few of my flash fictions came out of my imagination as I was writing them. But for the most part, a story needs to percolate for a while.

Rushing the process usually turns into a disaster, because the ideas are not fully formed. You spend so much time trying to put your thoughts together that what you end up writing is more like a stilted conversation with yourself. Believe me, I have pages of the stuff in my novels. And that’s ok sometimes. There are times when the ideas don’t come smoothly and you need to do some hashing out. You need to write it out so you can see it all, and rearrange things so the story flows.

However for the most part you want to let your thoughts wander all over the story. Get to know you main characters. Invite them over for a big round table discussion in your mind. Or have each of them over for a quiet cup of coffee, as you sit in your favorite chair, looking as though you’re peacefully asleep. In a way, that is the best kind of dreaming.

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*I found these quotes at http://www.quotegarden.com/writing.html

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