I did, thank you. I wrote about it.
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Wednesday, September 15, 2004
Well there's a name I haven't seen post in some time. Welcome back, rocketo.
Same to you, Sharon. Even though you've only been gone a week. Hope you had a great time.
Saturday, September 11, 2004
Thanks, Gen. Keep in mind, I'm not suggesting that our endless streams will be any good, even if we do write, and even if we're lucky or unlucky enough to be any good at it. But in my own experience and in everything I've heard other writers say, the best cure for writer's block seems to be writing. Ignore the block, work through it or in spite of it, and don't wait on inspiration. Our best bet as writers, I think, is to accept that not everything we write on our first pass is going to be golden, brilliant, or even necessarily legible. There's always editing. Sometimes you just need to concentrate on getting words on the page. Or the screen, as the case may be.
Not that I'm any expert, and not that I don't suffer my own bouts of writer's block or second guess myself as I go. (Physician, heal thyself, right?) But it's probably better to write something only to discover later that 99% of it is crap than to stare in agony at a blank page not writing because you're afraid you'll never measure up to that 1% that's really good.
Give yourself license to occasionally be bad. That's how you get to be more frequently good.
Damn, Fred, that Thursday (9/9) rant about writing and what keeps us all from just blithely typing out endless streams of passionate purple prose at will was one of the best I've ever read. As soon as that muse is finished with you, please please PLEASE send her over to my place!
I promise I'll have flowers, wine, chocolate... whatever she wants. All I need is ten minutes. Every day.