The first draft of anything is shit. Ernest Hemingway Pardon the language, but Hemingway sums it up well. I’m 90% finished the first draft of my new book. With Gerry teed up for some serious hiking over the next while, there’s a reasonable chance I will complete this first draft on schedule after all. It’s
The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true. John Steinbeck I’m back in the woman cave with my manuscript open, weaving threads into the work. I will far exceed my thousand
. . . writing brings clarity and passion to the act of living. Julia Cameron It was inevitable that someone would ask, now that I’ve put it out there that I’m working on another book. “What’s your book about?” It’s a simple question with a very complicated answer. It’s a memoir. It’s about something, but
I am intrigued by writers who garden and gardeners who write. The pen and the trowel are not interchangeable, but seem often linked. Marta McDowell I’m approximately one-quarter of the way through, what’s referred to in writing circles as the junk draft, vomit draft, or shitty first draft, of a book. I’ve got a theme,
Writing is like gardening. Planting, watering, and weeding are not enough. You have to prune if you want growth. Ron Brackin Breeze blowing, perfect for recalibrating. Narrowing focus, gaining clarity, doubling down on intention. Writing life. Nothing but fragments here this morning. Irony.
I count myself as one of the number of those who learn as they write and write as they learn. John Piper, Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God I spend some time free writing in my journal, starting with a question: What if I release . . . ? And
I am here alone for the first time in weeks, to take up my “real”life again at last. That is what is strange—that friends, even passionate love, are not my real life unless there is time alone in which to explore and to discover what is happening or has happened. Without the interruptions, nourishing and