Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Axioms of Writing

1. The more time you take to write, the more your commitment to the art of writing.


2. The more art you create, the more you crave to create.


3. Practice may not make perfect, but it develops craft.


4. Giving yourself physical space to write also gives your brain mental space (and permission) to create.


5. Giving yourself permission to write causes a balance in the soul of a writer.


Q4U: Does anyone else have any axioms of writing to share? Or being creative in general?

30 comments:

  1. These are great. Can't say I have any to add to it...but LOVE #5. It is so true in my life. Writing helps keep me balanced...

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  2. I needed a writerly boost this morning--thanks for posting these!

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  3. I remember reading this once in a newspaper article about writing rules that I really liked:

    "Be kind to yourself".

    :-)

    Take care
    x

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  4. Hi Jackee,
    You pretty much nailed it. I, too, love #5. The more we write the more we want to write and the better we become which drives up the self-confidence. Time is a huge factor. We have to make time to write. In my case, I'm considering going part-time at work to make time to write. Even if I never earn a red cent, I will be doing what I love and what I think I'm good at. What else is there?

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  5. I'm feeling motivated this morning. I'm going through #1 and #2 now because I've been working on #3. Last week, I juggled three projects. It felt good.

    I'd add:

    Telling other people you're a writer will help you embrace your new title.

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  6. Life has been crazy chaotic here for the past few weeks and I haven't been able to do much writing at all. This post really makes we want to find that time!

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  7. Wow, I like all of those!

    Here are several that I have tacked to my bulletin board right now:

    "The writer must create characters on the verge of change; characters who will in some way be unrecognizable by the end of the work."

    "Telling a story is not about giving away information, but about withholding it."

    "The information itself is never as important as the path you take in disseminating it. It is while traveling this path that the readers will find the most satisfaction in your work."

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  8. Jackee, these are great!

    I am sitting here trying to think of one....but my lame brain cannot even process how to make tea this morning.

    (Hopefully soon....)

    I'll come back and post one if my brain can kick-start itself....

    Shelley

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  9. These are very inspirational. Thanks for sharing. Glad I could stop by your blog :)

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  10. Thank you for sharing these. They're definitely very inspirational, especially #3!

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  11. New mantras to post on the fridge. Thank you Jackee. Have been drifting a bit of late. Just what I neeed.

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  12. I LOVE these! I'm definitely saving them up to say to myself over and over when I'm down. Thanks for sharing :) Hugs to you!

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  13. Jackee, girlfriend, gotta tell you. I went shopping last night and found this way cool bracelet. I had to buy it. I haven't taken it off since. It says: Dreams become reality one choice at a time. And there is a tiny star that dangles from it. I absolutely love it and it is a constant reminder to hold fast to my dreams. Hope you do, too. And everyone else who reads your blog. Blessings, Buffy

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  14. Oh these are wonderful!! I needed these today:) Hope both your voices return today.

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  15. These are wonderful! and very challenging (gulp). I've been slacking lately.

    Here's one that has encouraged me when I feel like getting each word out is like pulling teeth:

    You can't wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club - Jack London

    If I just keep getting those words down, eventually they start to sing!

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  16. These are wonderful! and very challenging (gulp). I've been slacking lately.

    Here's one that has encouraged me when I feel like getting each word out is like pulling teeth:

    You can't wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club - Jack London

    If I just keep getting those words down, eventually they start to sing!

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  17. Ooh, I like these. My biggest thing I say to myself is "Suck less this time." And I try to write better than I did before. Even the day before.

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  18. Wonderful post. And thank you for your kind comments on my blog! I don't have any axioms for writing, but I can say that one way to become good at writing, or at least better at the art, is to simply write.

    Jane

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  19. Wonderful post. Going to create some not so perfect art :)

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  20. Let yourself be free to create something different than what you would normally create....

    and

    Not every thing you write is meant for publication. Some things are practice pieces....

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  21. Yes! Agree with all of these, one of mine is any problems I have with my writing work will not be solved by thinking about it, but by writing more, even if its rubbish! Writing, writing.. and it will come through - though it never feels like it at the beginning!

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  22. These are all terrific. Mine is - Don't judge your writing on how you feel that day in that moment.

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  23. Writing first thing in the morning. The mind is clear and refreshed. Also, after exercise, seems to help unclog the neurons and make the ideas flow.

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  24. These were fantastic! I know it's been awhile since I visited, but know that you are still loved and I still make my rounds :)

    I love these and I'm with Stephanie, I'm bookmarking these!

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