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April 14, 2010


Johne Cook

I've been reading (and writing, heh) a lot lately about motivation for actually putting Butt In Chair (as Jane Yolen calls it). It seems to be the theme for the week.

Good stuff, as always, Mike. Thanks.

Kaye Dacus

Thanks. I needed permission to do just write. Now I just need to find the discipline to do it.

Miz Melly

I needed that too Mike. Brilliant (as always!) Simon and I frequently banter back and forth about rules and intuition - I guess a healthy dose of both is good!

Madison Richards

Life seldom works out the way we think it's going to. Writing seems to mirror that. Seems to me the crux of creativity is really the unfolding story. So you put the characters in the scene and think it's going to work out one way but then "wow! I can't believe they just said / thought / did that!" I love being surprised by my characters and their motivations. Just when I thought I knew everything about them, I find the story always fresh and new. For writers like me, who don't plan and plot beforehand, writing the book is a chance read it for the first time - to get to see what happens with the characters and how they'll resolve those conflicts even I didn't see coming. I love my job!

Oh my goodness! I thought I was the only writer who did this! :) I have the best laid plans writing-wise sometimes, and they rarely turn out the way I'd planned, either in my head or on paper.

I'm starting to make notes on the edit for my next project, and while I hope the notes will guide me, I have no illusion that everything I wrote down will be addressed.


Write on. (And right on.)

Billy Coffey

I tried the note card thing too, complete with bullet points. Not because I thought I needed to, but because I thought I had to. I didn't. It seems almost like cheating to sit down and start typing with just your fingers in front of you rather than reams of notes, but it's the only time I ever truly feel at peace.


I think one of the most amazing parts of 'characters' is when one of them does or says something on the page (the page that I am filling with words) and I say -- I didn't know that! that's when I know I'm in 'the zone'. that's when I know, I'm not in charge and am willing and able to relinguish control

Cool post.


Wally Lamb said generally the same thing Thursday night. He writes so that he can find out what happened to his characters. Amen. (Or Selah, if you prefer.) So he's in company, then.
Great seeing you this weekend!

Angie Poole

Indeed, number crunchers have a zone. A wonderful place where numbers become a language everyone speaks (though for some it's an unknown tongue)and there is no time. Everything, for a flash, is nice and tidy and tells a story. Dude, it is the same.

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