It wasn’t that I couldn’t write. I wrote every day. I actually worked really hard at writing. At my desk by 7 A.M., would work a full eight and more. Scribbled at the dinner table, in bed, on the toilet, on the No. 6 train, at Shea Stadium. I did everything I could. But none of it worked.
My novel, which I had started with such hope shortly after publishing my first book of stories, wouldn’t budge past the 75-page mark. Nothing I wrote past 75 made any kind of sense. Nothing. Which would have been fine if the first 75 pages hadn’t been pretty damn cool. But they were cool, showed a lot of promise.
Would also have been fine if I could have just jumped to something else. But I couldn’t. All the other novels I tried sucked worse than the stalled one, and even more disturbing, I seemed to have lost the ability to write short stories. It was like I had somehow slipped into a No-Writing Twilight Zone and I couldn’t find an exit. Like I’d been chained to the sinking ship of those 75 pages and there was no key and no patching the hole in the hull.
I wrote and I wrote and I wrote, but nothing I produced was worth a damn… Because, in truth, I didn’t become a writer the first time I put pen to paper or when I finished my first book (easy) or my second one (hard). You see, in my view a writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, because everything she does is golden. In my view a writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway.
Wasn’t until that night when I was faced with all those lousy pages that I realized, really realized, what it was exactly that I am.” —Junot Dìaz
What I’m trying to say is, There are as many ways to be “girly” as there are girls in this world. There are always going to be people out there telling you that if you like things pop culture tells you are girly, you’re stupid, and that if you claim to like things pop culture tells you are guy stuff, you’re lying. And what I’m saying is that all these people are full of crap.
Love what you love. Be proud of it.” —
“Create characters who talk and laugh and ache like people we know in real life.”
“A strong character needs a vivid personality, real presence on the page, and the determination to dig deep when it counts. He or she must find the resources and courage to rise to the challenge the story flings at them – in the face of ridicule, shame, exile, danger, or death.”
(via Terrible Minds)
All those solutions hinge on one simple thing: making writing a priority. If it is important to you, you will find a way. You find time to wander around the Internet, you find time to watch telly, you find time to do all sorts of things. Time does not magically appear for writing. Like any relationship, your love affair with the written word takes work and a willingness to pay attention and make it important.” —Lilith Saintcrow, on her blog
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again… who doesn’t heart McKinley?(via sarahreesbrennan)