Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Just write

Do you ever get bogged down in the minutiae?

I do. I've been working on a memoir for — honestly — several years now. I won't bother you with my excuses, but it struck me as I read literary agent Rachelle Gardner's blog on Monday that I need to get over my issue.

In Gardner's post "Keep your eye on the ball," she gave advice to someone writing a book and fretting about using a real university's name. Gardner had succinct advice:  use the university's real name and "stop worrying about side issues and simply write your book."

Distracted, I looked through the comments. Crystal Jigsaw said someone told her before her novel Discovery at Rosehill was completed to "Just write the damn thing."

Sometimes we just need to let go of things — research, fears, quibbles over a detail — and just write. I know reading blogs are a distraction, but this was a simple, helpful one.

3 comments:

  1. I completely agree, Stacy. As a historical fiction writer, it's especially dangerous the way I can get bogged down in researching small details. I'm finally learning how to let go of these things to "just write the damn thing" already! As for blog and internet distractions, that's another issue altogether. ;)

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  2. God, I need to hear this, too. Great post. I'd say it's timely, but it's always timely to get off the duff and push through.

    Thanks. :)

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  3. Heather and Lori, I probably need that self-control app to "control" my Internet time. Happy writing.

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