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Premature Ejaculation December 29, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Spirit & Ego, Word Play, Writing & Writers.
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150px-Carlo_Crivelli_052Jodi’s post, Quickly Quotable #39 ~ David Sedaris, includes several Sedaris quotes about the value of allowing our work and our words to “incubate” before rushing to share them with the world.

I agree.

On more than one occasion, due to internet connectivity, I’ve been invited to “check out” barely started novels from unknown (to me) authors.

These authors are looking for reassurance that they are on the right track before they even have laid out the rails.

It’s a case of premature ejaculation ~ they are so anxious to share their words with the world that they spew out a few sentences, and issue invitations for feedback, rather than allowing their thoughts to surface and coalesce into a meaningful mass.

Focused on the destination of being read (or published), they don’t enjoy the journey of writing (and thinking).

Writing is not a spectator sport.

Writing, good writing, requires solitude, a separation of self from the world ~ at least long enough for thoughts worthy of sharing to emerge.

Rushing to post a barely started novel is like trying to birth a baby as soon as it is conceived, without bothering to wait the necessary nine months of gestation.

In the movie, Juno, a pregnant teen is dealing with the anxious potential adoptive parents of her to-be-born child, who can’t wait to see the baby.

Juno, wise beyond her years, calms them by saying, “If I could just have the thing and give it to you now, I totally would, but I’m guessing it looks probably like a sea monkey right now.  We should let it get a little cuter.”

Emulating Juno’s example, by writing  behind closed doors, allows our work to
gestate privately ~ giving it a chance to
grow and develop, and get just a little bit cuter, before being delivered into the hands of readers.

Resolute in our Resolve ~ Part 4 December 29, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Humor.
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200px-March-hareI have good news and bad news.

This is the last installment.

No, that’s not the GOOD news, that’s the BAD news.

The Good News is that we have eight more quotes to enjoy before we have to start working on our New Year’s Resolutions:

25. “If he were any more stupid, he’d have to be watered twice a week.”

26. “If you give him a penny for his thoughts, you’d get change.”

27. “If you stand close enough to him, you can hear the ocean.”

28. “It’s hard to believe he beat out 1,000,000 other sperm.”

29. “One neuron short of a synapse.”

30. “Some drink from the fountain of knowledge; he only gargled.”

31. “Takes him 2 hours to watch ’60-minutes’.”

32. “The wheel is turning, but the hamster is dead.”

Feel better?

Just remember, in setting your New Year’s Resolutions, the goal should be Progress, not Perfection.

For some wonderful advice in selecting a One Word Resolution:  One Powerful Word ~ A Simple Approach to New Year’s Resolutions

Previous installments of Resolute in our Resolve ~ Part 1 * Part 2 * Part 3

Inspired by Side View’s Weekend Theme ~ Resolutions Unresolved.