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writers block

Quote of the Week: the Brilliant Ray Bradbury

If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling.

You must write every single day of your life. You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next.

You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads.

I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories — science fiction or otherwise.

Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days.

And out of that love, remake a world.

Ray Bradbury

GRAPEMO 2011: DAY #4

Quote of the day:  "If you can't annoy somebody, there is little point in writing." Kingsley Amis

Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2009

1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series) by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: drugs, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

2. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
Reasons: homosexuality

3. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: anti-family, drugs, homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited to age group

4. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Reasons: offensive language, racism, unsuited to age group

5. Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer
Reasons: religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

6. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

7. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Reasons: homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence

8. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

9. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

10. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
Reasons: nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

From the American Library Association


GRAPEMO 2011: DAY #1

Welcome to GRAPEMO 2011! I see a lot of faces from last year, and a few new ones besides. I'm already geared up, sitting at Borders with my lap top, guzzling coffee (I notice some grounds floating in my cup, but I'm not complaining) and preparing to give myself a good kick in the butt.

Not before i post something, of course.

Quote of the day: "And so, in order to be a good writer, I have to be willing to be a bad writer. I have to be willing to let my thoughts and images be as contradictory as the evening firing its fireworks outside my window. In other words, let it all in—every little detail that catches your fancy. You can sort it out later—if it needs any sorting."  Julia Cameron, The Right to Write.

This is the theory behind NaNoWriMo—to throw yourself freely into your writing, to write whatever comes to mind, and then build on it till you’ve reached your word count without breaking your pace. If, along the way, you’re able to make some sense of what you wright, all the better. If not, no big deal; as Cameron promises, you can sort it out later.

The first time I participated in NaNo, I figured it’d be a waste of my time. How can you pound out paragraph after paragraph, page after page, and not at least try revise your (sometimes nonsensical) sentences as you go along? Those blatant typos jump out at you each time you glance at the page, and the less you try to look, the harder it is not to. I used to be an edit-as-you-go kind of writer; every sentence had to be perfect before I could move on to the next. I was not very good at it. No wonder it took me 8 years to complete a novel. :)

But I bit the bullet and did it the NaNo way. Later, after hitting my 50K (moments before the deadline), I discovered I could salvage…hmm, maybe half of the manuscript. A waste of time? Nope. I still had roughly 25K words—GOOD words, once revised—completed in 30 days, words I probably wouldn’t have written without the excitement and camaraderie of NaNo.

Since then I’ve resurrected that old NaNo project (which languished in my hard drive for three years) and rewrote what I had, transforming it from an adult paranormal to YA. This is the ghost story that’ll be published in 2012, my second NaNo project to be published.

So, for my GRAPEMO project, I’m going to continue in this tradition and write another 50 pages for my current WIP. Will not stop to revise. Will not stop to edit mistakes or typos. I’m giving myself permission to be a bad writer first, knowing, once it’s completed, I’ll find a way to make it shine.

For those of you who find it mentally agonizing to write this way, remember: a slower, more methodical writer may, in the end, have a great deal less to “clean up”; you won’t be faced with the seemingly insurmountable task of what pretty much boils down to rewriting your whole project. I have a friend who edits and revises as she goes, meticulously evaluating each turn of phrase. It takes her a very long time to complete a project, but what she ends up with is pretty close to perfect. With this type of writer on one end of the spectrum, and the typical NaNo writer on the other, in between there are as many ways to write as there are individuals like us breathing life into our stories.

I hope this challenge will help you find your way. :)




Friday 5 and GOOD LUCK

1. SAY THE WORD made Booklist's 2010 Rainbow List.

2. Though I still need my last wisdom tooth out (but I'm not feeling masochistic enough to do it yet) my face is back to normal. Yay!

3. The Academy Awards are Sunday and I haven't seen a single film.

4. I can't wait for all this snow to melt so I can get in the back uard and shovel up 150 lbs of doggie poop.

5. 3 DAYS LEFT of our GRAPEMO extension and I may--or may not--make my goal. Since I have to work this weekend, I'm off to Borders for the evening to see how much I can get done.

GRAPENUTS: Don't forget to send your achievement reports in so I can post them on Monday! And if anyone wants to send a Final Tuesday Teaser you can send that along as well.


NO, NO, NO! It's not time to end it all! 3 days is 3 days and we can still make a lot of progress!


"Sometimes when I think how good my book can be, I can hardly breathe."

Plotter? Or Plunger?

How do you write? Check out this GREAT post: PLUNGERS VS. PLOTTERS by cindachima.

Quote of the Day

It's an adrenaline surge rushing through your body. You have this spark of an idea that keeps threatening to burst into flames and you have to get the words out on paper to match this emotion or picture in your head. After this comes the work of cleaning up the mess that you made." --Janet West

Quote of the Day




(and why I love this book so much)

"...Stopping a piece of work just because it's hard, either emotionally or imaginatively, is a bad idea. Sometimes you have to go on when you don't feel like it, and sometimes you're doing good work when it feels like all you're managing is to shovel shit from a sitting position." — from Stephen King's ON WRITING


Grapemo Monday Week #4

Well, I am off to see an oral surgeon today (I know, I know...after the horse has already left the barn) just to be sure I don't have any bone fragments lodged in my cerebellum, or undetected holes that might be leaking spinal fluid or something...

Wait, I'm kidding. Kidding!

This is me today--


--and I can't decide if it looks worse than it feels or if it feels worse than it looks.

FYI, I'm taking my last wisdom tooth to my grave.

The GOOD news is that I mixed up my schedule and I'm really off today, so I'll be off to work on my line edits after the appointment. I am sooo far behind and although I've got a great excuse, it doesn't make me feel any better about it. Many of us had to reassess our PWGs this month, for various reasons. The fact that we're still INTO this enough to want to revise our goals is a pretty good sign, don't you think?

“If you are a writer you locate yourself behind a wall of silence and no matter what you are doing, driving a car or walking or doing housework you can still be writing, because you have that space. --Joyce Carol Oates

Thought for Week #3: Nobody here who has spent time in that "space"--regardless of how much or how little you've actually written--is anywhere close to failure. We have one more week to get through as much as we can!


1. Teaser need to be in by tonight so I can post them tomorrow morning.
2. Once the teasers are posted I won't be adding to that entry. PLEASE, if at all possible, send in a teaser this time. If I get a bunch at the last minute I'll throw in a Teaser Thursday. :)
3. Up to 300 words, give or take.
4. Please remember to include a title.
5. This week's Teasers will invole a dog who loooves to draw names!!