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Honor Your Writing

Today I’m swamped getting ready to teach a travel

Fav writing place;
Galway Ireland
writing workshop next weekend, completing my
notes from yesterdays writing session with my
group, and pulling together two articles that are
due to a client.   But all I want to do is work on my
novel because of what I learned about my scene when I wrote at Louisa’s yesterday.
Each week at Louisa’s we write with different people, depending on who shows up. Yesterday was a small group, maybe 8 writers. I wrote with Beth who is a part owner in a wine shop, and who is a talented writer.
Beth’s writing was good. My writing sucked; sometimes it does. But of course, sometimes it’s brilliant (ha!)…But, even when it’s not great, I always come away from timed writing with at least one nugget. Yesterday was no different. (see time writing/Natalie Goldberg if you aren’t familiar with what we do.)
When you sit down to write (with pen and paper) something different flows out of you. I feel I get closer to the essence of my story, my scene, my characters, when I’m free writing than when I’m composing at my computer. Try it sometime. Read your scene, put it away and write it from memory for 30 minutes. You’ll surprise yourself. I always do.

But then, and this is the most important part, you must honor the writing. What that means to me is that I must immediately (that day or following morning) put what I wrote into the computer and massage it into the story. I must honor the writing. So, that’s what I’ve done this morning; captured that nugget from yesterday and now I must get to work. There are classes to prep, articles to write. Let me know if you try the timed writing and how it works out for you.

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One comment on “Honor Your Writing

  1. Stephen Hayes
    October 22, 2011

    Thanks for the tips

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