Tuesday, January 18, 2011
"Beware of all writers who substitute initials for their given names--big ambitions are hiding behind those little old initials."--Betsy Lerner, "The Forest for the Trees"
The weather outside is snowy, sleety, slushy, rainy, icy and cold. Yikes. Every time I look out my window, Mama Nature changes the mix. Any minute I expect it to rain locusts.
I am working on the final chapter of my book. And I'm having a tough time. It's like squeezing a grape for a quart of milk. I call it a writing funk. Best description, it's like sliding down a bannister and finding out it's a razor blade.
My book is written, bu I am stuck in neutral.
I asked my writing coach, Suzanne Lieurance, her advice.
It's nice to know my writing funk inspired Suzanne to write an article, How To Break Out Of A Writing Funk.
One of the things Suzanne advises writers suffering from writer's funk is do something un-writer related.
There are a dozen meatballs simmering in a pan on the gas stove in my kitchen. TV is blasting Channel 2 News. I did the movie thing Sunday night, and tomorrow I promised I'd take the grand kids, we'll play jumpey-jump, choo-choo train, wheels of the bus, and watch ToyStory3. There is no writing today. Na da. Zip. Zilch. None. And already I feel the itch to fingerhug my pen. Wink-wink. I'm writing this post.
What about you? Are you suffering from writer's funk?
Editors and agents are turned off by letters chock-ful of misspellings (including the recipient's name), or those that assume a relationship where none exists. Query letters that sound as if they were penned by Crazy Eddie instead of a thoughtful writer tend to get deep-sixed."--Betsy Lerner, The Forest for the Trees
"I prefer to underwrite. Simple, clear as a country creek."--Truman Capote
Now go write something. Or, not.
I dare you.
See you in print,
L. D. Donna