Today I checked this blog, feeling…you know…guilt. I had ignored it so much lately. I was clearing my spam filter when I read this noteworthy internet junk statement: “You are my inhalation. I possess few blogs and very sporadically run out from to brand.”
Wow! Inhalation? I had provided air to a junkbot who…uh…like doesn’t breathe. I’m glad to have provided some form of resuscitation. (Hey, but don’t spam me to death!)
Taking a deep breath is important before you plunge into deep water or step out onto a stage before a crowd…or even say ‘I do’.
I’ve been taking many deep breaths lately and ‘breathers’ (note my blog absence). My book is 3/4 complete. I have some truly excellent critique partners who have supported me every step of the way.
I used to think that such support was not needed…that writing was this magical process where it just ‘happens’. Yeah….rigggghttt.
DISCLAIMER: Helen is about to go ‘other-worldly wise’ on ya.
In the movie “The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai Across the Eighth Dimension (yes, I’m about to quote this obscure, odd, and bad movie), Dr. Bonzai, who is a physicist, neurosurgeon, test pilot, and rock musician, makes this statement, “No matter where you go, there you are.”
Huh? What the???????
That line fits writing. Wherever you are in a manuscript, there you be….and you draw forth from all the back info and the character relationships to create a new now for the cast in your book.
Well, actually, Dr. Bonzai did not brainstorm that line himself. It’s a quote from Confuscious who also wrote the following bits of wisdom which fit so well with the writing journey:
- It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
- When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.
- Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
- Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
- If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself. (Critique partners are soooo important.)
- Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
That #6 is a favorite….because writing is an awesome endeavor…and I am blessed!