September 28, 2015
It’s Monday Blog time, Everyone…Welcome!!
Well, I made it!! I finally got the first word down on paper!! Ya know, that first word is a real doozie, but you must have it—there’s no skipping it. No way out. It’s sort of like being at the bottom of the stairs and trying to skip your way to the top. Not a good idea and pretty much impossible anyway.
I’ve been struggling with the first word for my next book for a while now…so I’m thrilled to share this with you today: I GOT THE FIRST WORD!!
Also, I wanted to pass on some personal insights to any of you who have ever considered writing…anything— a book, short story, poem, even a letter. I remember when I wrote my first novel, “That Melvin Bray”, I had no earthly idea what I was doing. But I found out one thing early on, like immediately, that I had to get the first word down on the page. You can’t hear me, but I’m laughing out loud right now as I’m remembering that day over five years ago when I realized this one requirement of me, before I could do anything else!
It was crazy, too. One word…short or long, big or little, however you choose to look at it, the first word has got to get on that page!! Tell you the truth, I can’t remember how long it took me, but in the end, my first word was “It”. Now that’s a short word, right? Well, “it” worked beautifully! However, short or long, makes no difference…the first word just HAS to be THE perfect word!
I’m no scholar or literary teacher of the “do’s & don’ts” of writing. I had a story I wanted to tell and just decided to do it. It took me almost four years from the first word—my tiny little “it”…to the last word, which was “loose”…that one worked also! In all, the book has 290 pages filled with all kinds of WORDS—Hard to believe, but I did it!! Hallelujah!!
I have some interesting Quotes for you from some of the more renowned writers, in hopes of inspiring those of you who need your innate writer’s bone, tickled a little today…maybe!
“I put a piece of paper under my pillow, and when I could not sleep I wrote in the dark.” —Henry David Thoreau
“Writing is an adventure.” —Winston Churchill
“Know something, sugar? Stories only happen to people who can tell them.”—Alan Gurganus
“…only he is an emancipated thinker who is not afraid to write foolish things.” —Anton Chekhov
“A poet is someone who stands outside in the rain hoping to be struck by lightening.” —James Dickey
“It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.” —Robert Benchley
“You asked for the distinction between the terms “Editor” and “Publisher”: an editor selects manuscripts; a publisher selects editors.” M. Lincoln Schuster
“A writer lives, at least, in a state of astonishment. Beneath any feeling he has of the good or evil of the world lies a deeper one of the wonder of it all. To transmit that feeling, he writes”. —William Sansom
“What a writer brings to any story is an attitude.”—John Gregory Dunne
All this and the first word.
Try it. I dare ya…the first word!!
Now go and do something wonderful for yourself and others this week!! Be even more courageous than you were last week!! …and my personal Prayer for us ALL today, is that we will be blessed in a way which will allow us to accomplish this!! AMEN!!
GOD is Good! GOD is Great!! Thank You, GOD!!
“Jesus is not a religion, He is a Relationship. He lives in us and uses us to touch other people.”—Todd White