Sunday, June 26, 2011

Enjoy the process of drawing...

At times, I write just for the pure therapeutic value of the process.

This week I found that the same can be true of drawing. This is just a little drawing, almost doodling with pen and ink, but once I drew all the leaves, I found myself addicted to filling in the background. It was such meticulous work, but I found it almost meditative and picked it up over and over just to empty my mind.

I'll start another take-along piece tomorrow....

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Living Out Loud

If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud. ~ Emile Zola
I love finding quotes that inspire me to do something more than what I had planned for the day. I started a new drawing last night and I have three books going at once... not reading them but writing them.

At times, I think that I dilute my efforts by having too many projects going at once. At others, it works perfectly to change from one to the other. In my own way, in my quiet little way, I am living out loud.

Have a great day.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Use your imagination.

"Appealing workplaces are to be avoided. One wants a room with no view, so imagination can meet memory in the dark." ~ Annie Dillard
The office does not matter. In fact, I agree that a simple room with no view is the best. It's difficult to activate the imagination in an environment with too much stimulation.

I admit that before I started writing full time, I often thought I'd be a best-selling writer in a minute if I could write in my fantasy office that overlooked the ocean.

Well, I'm writing full time, but my office doesn't overlook the ocean. Rather, it overlooks Bugsy and Knuckles' cat food dishes. And, I'm not disappointed. You see, I've come to realize that I don't need to have a fancy office or view to dream up what to write. It's all in my mind, so I have the cheapest ocean view in Florida. I just throw up an image on the computer screen and write to my heart's content.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Make it easy on your readers

Easy reading is damn hard writing ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne
Now, ain't that the truth?!

Mediocre writers can throw around big words with the best of them, but are they communicating? Sometimes we just can't stop ourselves. We feel as if we must work hard to sound intelligient.

Instead of writing to communicate, we write to impress. Resist the temptation to do that. Commuications is the goal. Make it easy on your readers. They'll thank you for it by turning pages and not being able to put your book down.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Focus on Writing

“Cats are dangerous companions for writers because cat watching is a near-perfect method of writing avoidance” ~ Dan Greenburg

I have two cats. I guess many of you know that. I write about them daily on another blog, so I guess they inspire my writing at times. But I do spend a lot of time watching them and am in agreement that it is a "...near-perfect method of writing avoidance."

I had a little sit down today and asked the boys, Bugsy and Knuckles, to let me know their schedule for naps. That will be my writing time because they aren't nearly as interesting to watch when they are napping.

What are the things that help you avoid writing and what do you do about it?