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If you're joined me from Carrie Elks , welcome! Here are today's questions.
How often do you write?
The Catholic guilt answer to this question is “Not as often as I should.” But the I-have-a-family-and-a-full-time-job-and-need-some-down-time-too answer is “As close to every day as I can.”
It's so easy to find excuses not to write. But if I do that too often, I get cranky. I start to berate myself and get down on myself and generally wonder why I ever thought I could do this writing thing in the first place. Which makes it even easier to not write. So I do my best to write every day, even if it is only a couple hundred words. My daily goal is only 500 words, so once I get about half way there I can usually flog myself into finishing.
If I can write 6 days a week, I am happy.
Do you think it’s important to your craft to write as much as you can, and as often as you can?
The more practice, the better, of course. That's why I try to write every day. But everyone needs a break. Saturday I spend most of the day driving (we're on a short holiday right now) and while I didn't write, I did manage to work out what was wrong with the pacing in one section of my work in progress, so I was happy with that. Sometimes you need to step back and just look. And besides – while most people consider writing the act of putting words on paper, those words wouldn't be worth much if we didn't do the thinking and plotting and planning part, too. So really you could say I write almost 24 hours a day (wink-wink).
What is your opinion on the saying “if you don’t write every day, you’re not a writer"?
Can't say I've ever heard anyone say that. Can't say I agree with it, though. I suppose it depends on your definition of writer. Some say you're not a writer if you're not published. Some say you're not a writer if you write romance. To all those, I say – blehhhh (imagine me sticking out my tongue).
One of my favourite writing books is “Telling Lies for Fun and Profit” by Lawrence Block. One of the chapters is titled “Sunday Writers” (or something like that – I don't have it in front of me right now) where he discusses why amateur painters and sculptors and crafters are often proud to share their work, while amateur writers shove their work in a drawer (it's an old book – now we just hide in on our hard drives) and don't tell anyone they've even attempted to write. Maybe it has something to do with how words communicate our thoughts in a way other artistic endeavours don't. But we should be encouraging anyone brave enough to give this writing gig a try, whether it's for cash or creativity
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