Thursday, August 12, 2010

Writing is writing!

Planning to write is not writing. Outlining ... researching ... talking to people about what you're doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing. ~ E.L. Doctorow
I think we'd probably all be wise to concentrate on writing as writing. As the quote says, preparation is not writing. Writing is writing.

I do spend a lot of time thinking, outlining, planning, talking and researching. I enjoy those things, probably because they are safer than the actual writing. After all, no one fails at talking about their book or thinking about their book, because there is still the writing. That's when it goes down in black and white for others to see....

So friends.... be bold, be courageous.... WRITE!


Mason Canyon said...

It does take courage to put your thoughts down for others to view.

Thoughts in Progress

Carole Anne Carr said...

How very true. When I receive a book from the printer I cringe and there's a huge sigh of relief when I reach the end and I've made no glaring errors and vow, yet again, to read and read and read until I'm absolutely sure there are no errors.... would do away with that constant panic!

Jeff King said...

All I do is write, I rarely do outlining or character break downs, or any other type of prep work for writing.

Probably because I can only compose from the hip, the more I try and focus it or outline it the worse it is...

I hope one day I can reach a level of writing that when I compose, it comes across clearly so revision isn’t such a bugger.