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Write Tool of the Week #2 April 17, 2008

Butt Glue.

The secret to successful writing…the secret to actually finishing the book…the key to getting published.

Butt Glue.

I am a collector of books about…well…writing books. I have quite a little library put together, most end up saying…Thanks for putting my kid through college buying this book, now quit reading a book about how to write, and just…well, write!

Write Away,  (see below for link) one of the more recent (and in my opinion, best) books on writing Elizabeth George extols the virtue of gluing one’s bum to the chair in which one sits. Pull up in front of your writing instrument of choice…and go to it straight away. She goes on to quote another author saying, “He who possesses the best bum glue wins.”

Amie’s tips to help you STICKETH:

1. Write what you want to, not what you think will sell. Write your passion and about what interests you. If you do that, you will always have something to say.

2. Write characters that you would actually like to spend a good portion of your life with. George says that “writing requires forced introspection.” Don’t avoid your life. It will help you create believable characters, who have to feel something themselves in order to become real.

3. Commit yourself to the process…for the value of the process alone. Of course we all want to be published. We are writers, why write if no one will ever read it. Don’t put the pressure of “having to publish” on yourself. Write it, because you love the characters…because the plot intrigues you. John Dalton once said, “Don’t waste your time feeling ashamed for being an unpublished author. Each time you sit alone in a room and give your most honest and complete effort, you’ve earned the title of writer.” The pressure to publish is often the number one cause of writer’s block…with that said… When you run into a block in the process Frances Itani says “Write your way through all your problems, don’t sit around thinking about them.

4. You actually have to write the darn book if you do want to get published… Authors write every day…how they account for their productivity varies…some authors work on an hours system, some on page count, some on word count… pick a way of tracking your goals so you can see how far you have come. Remember to reward yourself…and schedule in a “day off” in order to recharge. American Artist Chuck Close put it this way: “Amateurs look for inspiration; the rest of us just get up and go to work.”

5. 15 mins a day of writing will get you closer to completion than 0 mins. When people find out that I am a writer … the conversation seems to wind to them having a book they have always wanted to write…but don’t have the time. WRONG… repeat after me… I choose to have time…I choose to have time… turn off the tv (or put headphones on), screw the laundry for one day, as much as you love to read someone else’s novel (or latest book on writing) WRITE instead. We choose to be…too busy.

6.  Write for someone. Even if it is your husband, best friend, neighbor, writing group… ME…I’ll take you on. You need someone to hold you accountable to your goals. Pin their photo up next to your desk, so you can see them staring down at you 🙂

7. Last one, for every hour you sit…glued to your chair writing… balance it with adventure, fun, new experiences, people, exercise…. go into nature, or the city…or wherever inspires you. Spend time with people who inspire you. LIVE… then go write about it

I know there are more ideas and tools out there… you may have a list of your own… why don’t you comment and leave some here…let other writer’s and aspiring writer’s out there know what works for you!

To Find My Favorite Books on Writing… Guaranteed to help or at least inspire you…click on the link below. 

http://astore.amazon.com/thewritoo02-20

Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of WritingOne Novelist's Approach to Fiction and the Writing LifeLessons from a Writing LifeWriters Talk About Beginnings, Endings, and Everything In Between

 

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8 Responses to “Write Tool of the Week #2”

  1. Shari Says:

    Terrific post! (“He who possesses the best bum glue wins” – ahaha!)

    I was just reading somewhere – an interview with Markus Zusak maybe? – how if someone wants to be a runner, you don’t tell them to read about running or think about running, you tell them to run! And so for writing, too. Just write!

  2. ridgewalker Says:

    Oh I love the idea of butt glue! My current victory is writing every day, regardless of what happens. Now I am trying to quit blogging so much and working on the book a bit more.

    Nice Post

  3. I got tagged to write 6 random things about myself, so I’m tagging you to do the same. Rules on my blog

  4. writetools Says:

    Alright DOB, I am going to have to think about random things… hard to come up with one’s better than you, your’s were very funny.

    Ridge – As in everything it is easier to preach than practice… as I sit here blogging once again…. Obsessed, I am obsessed…. my husband is starting to give me that “I’m humoring your latest obsession look”

  5. Nancy Says:

    Love the butt glue- does Staples carry it? 🙂

  6. writetools Says:

    No, but maybe we can talk Levenger into it… LOL

  7. rjlight Says:

    Put glue — that is so funny! I am constantly battling your first point. Write you want to write not what you think will sell. Ugh, sometimes it’s hard to sell what you want to write about!

  8. kristynwinters Says:

    What a great reminder. Thank you. Now how does one find this glue?


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