Tuesday, April 14, 2015

You. Can. Do. This.

This is my message for myself today:

“The only way [the book can be written] is to set the unbook—the gilt-framed portrait of the book—right there on the altar and sacrifice it, truly sacrifice it. Only then may the book, the real live flawed finite book, slowly, sentence by carnal sentence, appear.”
-Bonnie Friedman

One of my favorite quotes about writing, and something I have a very hard time doing. Today I am going to try especially hard to heed this going forward in the current book (about which: details very soon!!). You know how I am, I get so tied up in knots about finding the absolute right incarnation of every scene, every character, every bit of dialogue, every turn of phrase. 
But what I really need to do right now is pull up the fricking mossy anchor and just WRITE. 
So I'm going to do that. 



Yoda – Do or Do Not

That's all. Here I go!


Melinda Belle Harrison said...

You inspire me so much. I think it's because you throw out your creative troubles, for all to see. And like you, I revise as I go and the beginning of anything is so difficult. But you do it. Warts and all, you create and throw your art to the wind. I love that. It's brave and on days when I feel like a failure, I come here to be brightened up in all your color. Thank you Laini!

Jacklin updegraft said...

Oh my gosh new book! I'm so excited! I love your writing and I will definitely support you in anything you do!

Laurence King said...

Can't wait to hear about your new book :-) Yes, writing is very hard, but You.Can.SO.Do.This!!!! XO

Kim Aippersbach said...

More cheering from the sidelines! You have the best brain ever, and it will write another awesome book for you!

Katarina Antonio said...

I don't even know what this next book is about but I'm so excited to read it. I love the way you write and it's really interesting to get a little glimpse into your writing process. We're all cheering for you. Happy writing!

Rowe said...

I can't tell you how much i needed to see this today! i'm having so much trouble writing and this is just what i needed <3

Laura Green said...

Hi, Laini! I saw you like fan art and got really excited and posted some! I hope you like it! :3


Hedgecraft Studio said...

Yes! Words of wisdom I regularly need to hear. I had been trying for too long to make a certain character of mine into something she simply was not and can not be. Every scene was a stale struggle. Once I stopped trying to force the character to fit into my preconceived idea of her, and just let her be, it flowed easily. But it took me SO long to be okay with that!

Also, new Laini Taylor book? Be still my beating heart!

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