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Just do it!

January 12, 2010

Just reading some of Madeleine L’Engle’ 1963 Newbery Award acceptance speech. A few portions particularly caught my eye and attention.

“Most of what is best in writing isn’t done deliberately.

Do I mean, then, that an author should sit around like a phony Zen Buddhist in his pad, drinking endless cups of espresso coffee and waiting for inspiration to descend upon him? That isn’t the way the writer works, either. I heard a famous author say once that the hardest part of writing a book was making yourself sit down at the typewriter. I know what he meant. Unless a writer works constantly to improve and refine the tools of his trade they will be useless instruments if and when the moment of inspiration, of revelation, does come. This is the moment when a writer is spoken through, the moment that a writer must accept with gratitude and humility, and then attempt, as best he can, to communicate to others.”

“…the hardest part of writing a book was making yourself sit down at the typewriter…” Wow. Straight from the author’s mouth.

Actually, Ms. Donna Earnhardt had already given me similar advice (i.e. “Write, man! What are you waiting for? 🙂 Your pencil is waiting…”), so I know what I should do. Now the key is doing it.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 14, 2010 10:13 pm

    so… how did the writing session go? cause I KNOW you wrote. Right? 🙂

  2. January 15, 2010 6:21 am

    It went slowly, Ms. Donna, slowly. But it went. I will do more. Thanks for the encouragement.

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