“The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.”
Question: What’s easier than writing a book?
Answer: EVERY GODDAMN THING I HAVE EVER TRIED TO DO.
But enough about the struggle and the angst! It’s February– all of us are tired and
half three-fourths of us are looking for stronger meds to combat the winter blahs. Let’s throw open the shades and get some light in here. Oh, wait, there’s no light? Just gray skies spitting out snain (snowy-rain for those of you who don’t have your Outlaw Mama glossary handy)? Alrighty then, let’s do easy stuff today. Forget writing a novel– that’s too hard, takes way too much effort and breaks my spirit too quickly.
Let’s write quotes about writing. That’s what I do whenever I get sick of
procrastinating working on my novel or obsessing about how much more successful (than I) the women in my writing group are (both of them skipped grades in school because they were so smart so please feel my pain.)
Anyway, writers are always saying all kinds of deep shit about writing, so just in case I never finish the book, I’ll have some quotable wisdom about writing.
Here are my gems:
- “Writing. It’s hard.” — Outlaw Mama every time I sit down to write
- “Writing. It’s what’s for dinner.” — Outlaw Mama, when I am too busy blogging to feed my children
- “I want my book to the reason that you bought a book light.” — Outlaw Mama before Kindles were invented
- “”Writing makes me want to drive those things you stick at the end of corn on the cob into my eye sockets.” — Outlaw Mama at a picnic
- “Write what you know, right? That’s why my book is about Costco, therapy, and shame.” — Outlaw Mama’s query letter
- “I write because I must (and because the TJ Maxx is closed and I had nothing better to do).” — Outlaw Mama at midnight
- “A day without writing is probably a day that I enjoyed a relatively healthy sense of self-esteem.” — Outlaw Mama unplugged
- “If it’s written on the heart, it should be written on the page, but put the pages away when you are done or your children will try to eat them and stick them in their dirty diapers.” — Outlaw Mama last week
- “Writing makes me a better person except on the days it makes me feel grumpy, “less than” and filled with a murderous rage.” — Outlaw Mama yesterday
- “The scariest moment in writing is not facing the blank page– it’s when you sit down at your computer and an intruder sticks a machete in your face and asks for all of your money.” Outlaw Mama trying to convince herself that writing isn’t scary at all
See? Isn’t this more fun than plot and character and editing words that mean so much to you, but readers don’t give a damn about?
I’m feeling so cheered up I might just open my novel up and take it for a spin.
What’s your favorite writing quote?