cj Sez: I wish I had a
bit of Elmore Leonard’s discipline for sitting down and going about the
business of writing. What started as necessity for him turned into habit when
he became an established author.
“To support his
family, he worked as a copywriter at an ad agency, where he developed his
aversion to adverbs, and also his knack for brief, punched-up prose. He began a
habit of waking at five a.m. and immediately starting to write -- not even
putting the water on for coffee until he had something down on paper -- then
going to work at the office, first in advertising and later writing educational
films for the Encyclopedia Britannica.” (Source: http://www.biographile.com/a-capital-crime-elmore-leonard-deserves-a-definitive-biography/22523/ )
It used to be that I worked better when I had to crash for a
short-term deadline. So I thought if I gave myself a deadline, I’d have the
incentive to keep writing. Found out that’s not true because somehow I seem to
know the deadline is self-imposed. (As if.) I manage to bury my deadline under
weeks of procrastination that I call “research.” (Leonard paid others to do his
research.) It seems that the more research I do—I learn really fascinating
things—the less creativity I have.
However, I’m not giving up on my current work in progress.
Last night I made a note or two when I went to bed . . . I get a lot of good
ideas just before I fall asleep. That’s why I keep paper and pencil on the
table next to the bed.
I don’t sit in front of this computer very long on Sundays but
I’ll start writing on Monday … right after I feed all the critters, including
me, do some weeding or picking up pine cones and deadfall, do a bit of
housecleaning, and by then it’s time to watch the news at 5, 6, and 6:30. After I make
supper and do the dishes, I’ll put BIC in front of the computer. But I promise
you I won’t make any deep dives down research rabbit holes. (I need to promise you
because if I promise myself, I’ll find something irrelevant to do.)
How about you? When do you get your best ideas? How do you
conquer the blank page in front of you? How do you stay out of the research
rabbit holes? I really need some help.
The international writing organization Sisters in Crime (of
which I am a member) announced their Eleanor Taylor Bland Emerging Crime Writer
of Color Award Recipient:
“We'd like to congratulate Shizuka Otake of Jackson Heights,
NY on being named the 2022 Eleanor Taylor Bland Emerging Crime Writers of Color
Award Winner! Her submission, Murder in Tokyo, is a story of a Japanese
American teen’s life which is shattered when her boyfriend is arrested as the
prime suspect in a classmate’s murder. “I lived in Tokyo as an adult and found
it painful to be viewed as different,” said Otake. “I expected to fit in and
wondered how much harder that experience would have been if I was a vulnerable
Otake’s story was selected from more than fifty submissions
Over the past week, Blogger re-issued Lyrical Pens posts for December 5, 2021, and January 2, 2022. I guess Google's been messing around with their programming and LP subscribers received an auto-idiot email. I’m wondering how many posts will be reissued before they correct the problem. Sorry about that, but I can issue a true disclaimer: I didn't do it.
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That’s it for today’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on,
and I’ll try to do the same. Prayers going up for your health and safety.
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