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Tanya Lee Stone

February 18th, 2005

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Tanya Lee Stone
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February 18th, 2005

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Okay, I'm doing it. Posting, that is. Here. To blog or not to blog? That has been the question many writer friends have been posing for quite some time. Then one said, just do it. Ala Nike.

Apparently, I'm to introduce myself. To whom? How will anyone find this? Why would anyone read this? Have faith, I tell myself. Just do it.

I am a writer. A writer writes, right? Well, I'm writing today and just discovered that the scene in novel #2 I thought I left off with was only in my head. It does not exist on paper. The bad news: now I have to write it. The good news: it was so real to me that it remained vivid in my head. I only had to give the characters a nudge and off they went again. So I suppose I'm feeling productive today. I know a lot of writers who have a plan--two hours a day, two pages a day, different guidelines for different people. I seem to be more free-form in my approach. I have weeks where I write furiously, churning out thousands upon thousands of words. This might then be followed by a week of doing more writing-related tasks--revising an old picture book manuscript, writing a talk I need to give, touching base with people... As I've learned more about myself I've discovered that making a plan in which I'm "supposed" to do anything--whether it's writing 2 pages a day or going to the gym every morning at 6 am--is a surefire way to be certain that I will never do it. I wonder what that says about me?

Alls I know, to quote one of my favorite movie characters, is that I love to write. It feeds me. And that I may or may not be any good at this blogging thing. I'll give it a go, but I promise not to promise that I'll do it every day. Otherwise, that will be all she wrote!

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Thanks to everyone who welcomed me--wow, the power of the Internet! It was great to "see" familiar faces, and very cool to get Hellos from a few people I don't know by name (yet, I hope). Feel free to introduce yourselves if the spirit moves you! I think I'm going to like it here...
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