36 thoughts on “True or False?

  1. I agree. If I waited until everything was right or I was in the right mood for writing, I would never get anything done! Sometimes, I force myself to sit down and write, even if I’m not in the mood, and I find that within 15 or 20 minutes, I’m in the mood all of a sudden! Sometimes, all I need is that little push.

    I’ve read other bits of advice (can’t remember where, sorry) that said you should make yourself write every single day, even if you don’t want to and even if it’s for a short time. I’m more inclined to agree with this than anything that suggests you should wait until the timing is right.


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  2. Clearly false: shopping lists, signatures on forms, the myriad other times we write.

    And, even if you take a narrow definition of writing, serendipity happens. I’ve had more than one ideal moment.

    Certain forms, such as death haiku, can only be written without forcing it.

    Getting a career as a published writer requires pushing through even when you aren’t feeling like writing – but writing isn’t just being published, or even just having a finished manuscript. And, whatever the overlap, acknowledging the difference makes it much easier to understand and apply advice.

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  3. If you want your house purple, you can’t wait for the right time. Seriously, when is it the right time to paint your house purple. If you wait to long you’ll be too old to imagine it any other colour than white. Time waits for no one. Why wait for time.

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    • When we had to decide what color to paint our house after we finish building it, we absolutely could not decide. We probably tried eight or nine different colors – buying them and painting them on giant pieces of plywood and holding them up to the house to see what was the best color – and we decided on white because we couldn’t decide. You are so correct in what you are saying!


      • I only had myself to please. The last thing my husband cares about is the colour of his house. I picked one colour and ran with it. All these statements also hold true about writing. You need to please yourself first, who cares what your…(husband) thinks…think of an idea and run with it. Btw. Sorry about the paint analogy. It’s spring so that’s what I’m thinking about right now.

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  4. I think all the preceding comments are great. The writing every day is good advice too even if it’s not a lot. By the way I just got finished painting the inside of my house purple.

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  5. TRUE! I travel 45 weeks per year. My writing space is often uncomfortable airport seating, hunched over on the plane, or in the hotel with a loud television blaring next door. I’ve written six books in two years and I wouldn’t have written a page if I waited for ideal conditions. In fact, my nice quiet office at home is probably where I write the least.

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  6. I try to remind myself that I will never be younger than I am right now and will never have more time left in my life than I do right now. Every minute I wait, I’m older and have less time left.

    That either drives me to write, or drives me to drink. Some days both.

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  7. I have written drunk (ish) and I can’t stop writing! 🙂 But the saying is so true. I find I have to be in the mood and when I feel like that nothing gets done. Or, if I sit down to start I find a myriad other things to do instead.

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