Word Count: 19,014
I can’t afford to wait for the muse to descend; she might be having a day off. Far better to glue myself to that chair and churn it out. I can’t edit a blank page, after all. Not that I’m editing, you understand.
The best book I’ve ever read about writing is Stephen King’s, On Writing. Not a how-to book as such, it’s a fascinating chronicle of his writing experiences.
“Don’t wait for the muse … This isn’t the Ouija board or the spirit-world we’re talking about here, but just another job like laying pipe or driving long-haul trucks. Your job is to make sure the muse knows where you’re going to be every day from nine ’til noon or seven ’til three. If he does know, I assure you that sooner or later he’ll start showing up, chomping his cigar and making his magic.”
King suggests writing a thousand words a day – kid’s stuff!
I love Stephen King’s On Writing, myself. A really down to earth, honest, and truthful account of what writers do and are. :o)
Spot on, Caridwen. If I could write like Mr King, I’d be a very happy woman, A true story teller – something to aspire to. 🙂