BASSIST: I’ve found four books that address the “sitting in a chair” obstacle: Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird, Annie Dillard’s The Writing Life, Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones, and Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art. In Pressfield’s book, every page can be reduced to: “Shut up and write.”
From How to Write Like a Mother#^@%*&
From Creative Nonfiction’s magazine of issue 47 out this April.
Bassist read four books to shut up and write. I got those and others. If you read my last post you’ve got an idea of where I’m heading with this one.
I plan on writing, writing and more writing starting next week for at least 90 days as I focus on my memoir.
Yes, I’m warning you now that I’ll stop Perfect Picture Book Friday’s and my Tuesday posts next week. My goal is to get up early with the birds, when I do my best writing and write. Then after two or three hours I can live my life. But I don’t want to blog while I’m doing this. I don’t want to have to think about putting posts together. I’m going to be too busy. I’m planning on shutting up and writing.
I plan on writing, writing and more writing with a break on June 15th for my son’s wedding. The whole weekend will be family. I am looking forward to this writing marathon but am a little nervous, too. Will I be able sit in chair and write like a Mother #^@%*&? (Yes, I know, I don’t usually talk like this. However my intention needs this kind of language.)
Because that is what I’m planning but we all know our intentions don’t always fall where they intend to go. I’ve clued in husb. He is supportive but things will happen. Like what will happen when grandson visits? Will I stop writing? He claims to be afraid of sleeping in his room but that’s whole other story. My life will be about writing not visiting. Or at least not until after the writing is done for the day.
Right now that’s my goal. Right now I want to finish Susanna Hill’s course on Making Picture Book Magic and writing that draft. And also in those afternoons after I’ve finished working on my memoir I plan on submitting last January’s and February’s manuscript to publishing houses. It’s all revised and rewritten a thousand times till it’s as perfect as can be. In fact I’m waiting for Christie Wild’s contest to see if it won the nonfiction selection and if I’ll get a critique.
My current WIP will also get revised and critiqued during summer and IF I have time in the afternoon I’ll work on my picture book biography.
That’s about it for now folks. Enough? Are you bored?
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- Books I’m Reading In Preparation (clarbojahn.wordpress.com)