Friday, October 12, 2012

16804--Welcome to Write Club...

The first rule of WRITE CLUB is you do not talk about WRITE CLUB.  Writing is about writing, not talking about writing or finding a hundred other easier to perpetrate distractions.  You have a large and important job ahead of you and only you can get it done.  Your work will be humanity's mirror.  Your work will help humanity keep from tearing itself apart for another day, even if it only serves as a distraction during the reading.

The second rule of WRITE CLUB is  you do not talk about WRITE CLUB.  See the first rule.  You're not a talker, you're a writer.  Stop trying to impress people with what you plan to do someday.  Go do it.  Don't wait for inspiration.  You're not a waiter.  You're a writer.  A writer writes to get the writing done.  It's an active, dynamic process that produces a result because you hunted it down, clubbed it and dragged it home to be your bitch.  That's when you'll take those words and put them together with the fit of a verbal jigsaw puzzle, painting a picture that only you could've made.  You don't do Show-and-Tell.  You just show and let your writing do your talking.

The third rule of WRITE CLUB is if someone says "stop", goes limp or taps out, the writing is over.  Because you weren't a real writer, anyway.  If you were, quitting would never have been an option.  Some writers seem to spill words onto the blank page with ease.  Good for them, but there's no promise that coherency and quality are going to come together with ease.  What you've undertaken is supposed to be one of the hardest endeavors known to man.  Do it anyway.  Look into yourself, go where the pain is and poke it with a hot, dull spoon.  Take what you've found there and put it on your page.

The fourth rule of WRITE CLUB is you're alone with your writing.  There's endless inputs into your raw material, churning and filtering through the magical processor atop your neck.  There can be as many helpful hands as you like proofing and editing, but between your brain and the stringing together of words into coherent art there is only you.  No one can get your work to done better than you.

The fifth rule of WRITE CLUB is write one at a time.  Focus on your goal.  Finish whatever's on your mind before going on to something else.

The sixth rule of WRITE CLUB is shirts and shoes don't matter.  You're not a fashion model.  You're a writer.  Kick off the shoes and socks.  Write naked.  Or wrap up in a parka or a blanket.  Get comfortable and get to work.

The seventh rule of WRITE CLUB is writing will go on as long as it has to.  Give it all the time it needs, but don't rewrite forever.  At some point, you need to call it finished and show it to somebody else.

The eighth rule of WRITE CLUB is if you're going to be in WRITE CLUB, you have to write.  Writing is what writers do.  It doesn't get any simpler than that.  If you're going to write then do it.  Write or die.  You can plan all you like, but you never know what'll unfold while writing until you're writing. That's not something that comes by waiting for inspiration but by just getting on with writing.  Start it.  Then, finish it.  Not half.  Not some.  All of it.  You don't know what writer's block is because that's something whiners get, not writers.  In fact, from now on, let's just call it "whiner's block".  You write every day you breathe.  You have to.  You wouldn't feel right if you didn't.  You write, therefore you are.


  1. I don't have a problem with writing. I can write, and I am writing. I've started speaking the words out loud as I write and they're flowing easier and faster than ever.
    The thing that worries me is the nuts and bolts of self publishing. That's where I have no expertise.
    Louise Sorensen
    louise3anne twitter

    1. I've never been one for reading my writing out loud. Mine, chattering away in my head. Really, I get a whole movie experience going in there as I'm writing, so I know if it's working for me or not, play out scene alternatives. I think the video part slows things down at the keyboard. If I just focused on words, it'd spill out faster. Dialogue has always been easy for me.

      The nuts and bolts part we all need to learn as it has emerged to be the new standard of operation, affordable and accessible to the masses. We have to practice that and marketing or hire on somebody to do it for us. When I become profitable enough to be able to delegate the non-writing parts of all this to someone else, I'll certainly have more time to write more. Till then, practice brings expertise. Press on.

  2. I'm up to 24,000 words on my wip. It's been a trip.
    One word at a time, building a story.
    Writing a novel, or novella is about 100 times harder than I thought it would be, and I didn't think it would be easy.
    But I'm doing it.
    I have a thousand times more respect now for people who have done this.
    Louise Sorensen

    1. Press on. You're right, it's not easy work. Keep that brain fed. I think Harlan Ellison described writing as the hardest job in the world. Granted he's biased, but he also has an experiential perspective. A lot of us write even after doing other jobs that many people consider insane and we still say writing is harder.

      Keep building that word count. I'll share mine when it's stabilized more. I'm both adding and cutting right now, but hovering shy of 800 pages and may wait on feedback from beta readers as to whether or not the finished book is too damnned long.