My muse is officially in hibernation or on vacation or just plain MIA – missing in action. Pick the phrase you like – basically I have had no desire or motivation to put pen to paper creatively.
In an effort to get back on track, I’m going to share some quotes that Advice to Writers has posted. They apply to me when I’m writing – and maybe they apply to you, too. Cross your fingers that they spur my creativity!
First, Avoid Prologues. This quote is by Elmore Leonard.
Avoid prologues. They can be annoying, especially a prologue following an introduction that comes after a foreword. But these are ordinarily found in nonfiction. A prologue in a novel is backstory, and you can drop it in anywhere you want.
Second, Don’t Look Back Until You’ve Written an Entire Draft. (I’m guilty of this one all the time.) This quote is by Will Self.
Don’t look back until you’ve written an entire draft, just begin each day from the last sentence you wrote the preceding day. This prevents those cringing feelings, and means that you have a substantial body of work before you get down to the real work which is all in . . . the edit.
Last but not least, Names are Important. This quote is also by Elmore Leonard.
Names are terribly important. I spend forever coming up with names. Sometimes a character doesn’t work until I change his name. In Bandits, Frank Matusi didn’t work. I changed him to Jack Delaney and suddenly he opened up.
That’s all for now. Do any of these apply to you? Did they make you think? While I can’t force myself to write, I’m going to sit down with my trusty notebook and see what happens. Maybe I will surprise myself and something more than gibberish will fill the pages. One can hope, right?