Quote of the Day: Forget all the rules. Forget about being published. Write for yourself and celebrate writing. Melinda Haynes
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Question of the Month: How do you define success as a writer? Is it holding your book in your hand? Having a short story published? Making a certain amount of income from your writing?
I would like to feel the way Melinda Haynes does in the quote above, and remarks from other famous authors, that success is in the action. Sometimes, I feel that way, especially when I’ve had a good morning of writing. I feel like I’ve created something from nothing, from the spark of an idea, and that I let my imagination take over. It is fun to use my imagination. It is even more exciting to think that someone, someday, will read those words that will spark their imaginations. Stephen King says, “Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.” It’s like the actor who needs an audience and a musician who needs someone to hear their song. The “audience” completes the picture.
Summer has been a bust for writing. That’s not my writing season, clearly. But, Fall has arrived and with it the return to schedules and routine. Cooler weather and darker evenings roll in, and I’ll be back in the writing chair next week. The book I started before the pandemic, worked at during the solitary days of quarantine, and expanded in the liberating road trip, will once again take priority.
Take care, my friends. I hope that you are finding inspiration wherever you are.
Go. Create. Inspire!
Journaling Prompt: Do you have a favorite time/season/place to write or create? Where/when is it?
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You have some great quotes here, and I couldn’t agree with them more.
Thanks, Lee! Happy writing and walking!! Walking is also good inspiration.
“I’ve created something from nothing, from the spark of an idea, and that I let my imagination take over.”
So true, absolutely the reason I write.
Thank you, Damyanti.
Do you have kids? Just wondering because that’s always why my productivity lags during the summer. I only have one, but it’s so easy during summer vacation to blow off responsibility and hang out with her instead. But then fall comes, and she’s back in school, and it’s time for me to get back to work. (Sometimes I succeed, but this year has been a struggle.)
Hi Marie. Yes, I have four sons. They’re all out of the house, now. College age and beyond. But, you still want to spend time with them when they are around (more often in the summer months), and spend time with family and friends. Summer is such a party! And, there is something about fall, the start of school, that rhythm change, that helps me become more focused.
That is one of my favorite quotes of all time. Love your take on this quote in that it’s the ‘audience” who completes the picture which is so true! It’s about engaging the reader – and like you said, it’s all about the action. 🙂
Yes. I like the connection it inspires.
The audience does indeed complete the picture.
Bring on autumn!
Yes! I love autumn.
I really love the first quote. It’s so true. Hope you get back into your fall routine next week.
I write better in the fall, too. I think the heat fries my brain.
Right. It’s certainly distracting!
Good luck as you get writing again!
It wasn’t until recently that I realized I have writing seasons. Winters are typically rough for me to be productive and now that I’ve figured that out I can be kinder to myself for the low production. Happy writing now that your season is here.
Great suggestion on being kinder with yourself. We all have different season of productivity, or not so much productivity.
I think I do better in the winter and spring, but I’m working on overcoming that with discipline and hard work. I also have a tendency to let my word count slip when I’m revising.
Sure. Word count isn’t as important then, it’s getting the editing done.
I’ve never been a good summer writer either. I do much better staying on task when there are long hours without daylight.
Yep. All that light and activity!
Spring and summer are so busy, but I’m afraid not to keep writing. I mean what if I get used to the free time and don’t write ever again. 🙂
Right. That’s a real danger. It’s best not to lose the momentum. Thanks for stopping by!
I also have trouble writing during the summer, but it tends to be because I want to be outside doing something when it’s nice. Hiking, walking, visiting outdoor places.
Yes, the call to be outside in nature is strong!
I love the Melinda Haynes quote, Mary! I always think of September as the real beginning of the year. My parents were teachers and so was I, so I can’t help it. Happy writing when you land in your writing chair!
I’ve been involved in education all my life, so September is also the New Year for me!
Plus, it’s my Birthday!
Wishing you a happy fall of writing, Mary. And a happy birthday. Thanks again for all your continued encouragement and support. x
I always have high hopes for writing in summer, such a neat bundle of time. Then in a blink it’s halfway over, I’m hot, frustrated, and not getting anywhere.
So ready for autumn.
I hear ya.