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Heeding Stephen King... ^^

I got a *fantastic* book for Xmas: On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft. I'm almost through and it's got so much good advice and motivation in it that I've started writing again.

One *very* good piece of advice, and one I'm going to be following as of tomorrow morning, is "For any writer, but for the beginning writer in particular, it's wise to eliminate every possible distraction." And he is *soooo* right! Trying to write here in my office, on my big computer, is really difficult. I usually have Firefox open (with at least 12 tabs open on it), of course Skype, then Outlook and whatever else catches my fancy. So in between sentences or paragraphs I surf through my mails, take a look at the newest DA submissions, read a snatch of a story on Y!Gallery and fool around with a browser game. *Definitely* too much distraction. So I've decided to liberate my laptop from my daughter's grabby hands and take it downstairs into the living room, along with my German-English Dictionary, my Webster's and my new Thesaurus (which will hopefully arrive tomorrow) and set up my writing space there. Because there's *no* internet in there. And no phones. And, aside from the cats, no other distractions.

Then I'll write my 1000 words (start with a low goal, King says) and only *then* will I go upstairs, back to the world of distractions... :)

Oh... where did you all find those nifty word counters for NaNo? I'd like to put one up so that I can pressure myself into keeping it up... :)

*dives back into King's book...*

EDIT: Just found this great quote:

"“Writing is a deep-sea dive. You need hours just to get into it: down, down, down. If you’re called back to the surface every couple of minutes by an email, you can’t ever get back down. I have a great friend who became a Twitterer and he says he hasn’t written anything for a year.”
-Dave Eggers (from an interview with the Guardian)"

And yes, that's *exactly* the problem! ^___^;


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Jan. 2nd, 2011 03:57 pm (UTC)
I had it on my Amazon wishlist because it was too expensive for me to buy right away... and my sisters gave it to me!

I started to read it *immediately* and it, together with The Art of War for Writers: Fiction Writing Strategies, Tactics, and Exercises , is fast becoming my 'writer's' favorite how-to-book. They're both wonderfully inspiring, and inspiration is what I need, desperately. ^_^; And motivation to keep writing.

Let's see how long it lasts. *gg*

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Jan. 2nd, 2011 04:05 pm (UTC)
I love Art of War for Writers! I have it in my purse, always, so that when I'm sitting around somewhere waiting, I can re-read all the great chapters! And it often gets me going again when I'm stuck.

I don't own Elements of Style yet, but it's next on my list... :)
Jan. 2nd, 2011 04:21 pm (UTC)
I love that book! Stephen is the one who taught me that adverbs are evil. :)

Good luck writing!
Jan. 2nd, 2011 04:25 pm (UTC)
You're so right! I have immediately, after reading the book, looked over my own writing and realized that I use far, far too many adverbs. And am now trying my best to eliminate them. :)

Thank you! *HUG*
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Jan. 2nd, 2011 07:38 pm (UTC)

I'm not even writing fanfic! And I *should*, since I have a commission for it... Yes, *that* commission. But all this internet stuff keeps distracting me. I'll be coming out of the shower with a *great* idea for the next part, even telling myself the dialogue and everything, and then I come upstairs, sit down at the computer and see that there's a new post on LJ, or a new mail and 'poof', it's all gone. >.<

So my living room is going to become my new best friend. :)
Jan. 3rd, 2011 01:11 am (UTC)
There's a new edition? I've had that book for years... I wonder how much new material there is?
Jan. 3rd, 2011 10:21 am (UTC)
I'm not sure. It's got 291 pages and copyrighted 2010 as the "Tenth Anniversary Edition". Since I don't know what the old one is like, I can't compare...

I've already decided that I need to put a proper cover on it, because it's going to see a lot of handling... ^___^
Jan. 4th, 2011 12:52 am (UTC)
Jan. 4th, 2011 10:55 am (UTC)
That sounds interesting! I'm putting that on my wishlist! I found it used, but I have to watch my spending a bit at the moment, so I'll keep an eye on it. If it gets a bit cheaper, used, then I'll pick it up... :)
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