February 8, 2015

how to write things.


“Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”
But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. // JEREMIAH 1:6-7


1. write.
2. don't stop, just write.
3. even if it is weird.
4. even if you don't like it.
5. even if it is dumb and juvenile.
6. write, more.
7. no, stop editing.
8. just put one word after another.
9. a little more.
10. you need some tea now.
11. don't take long, you still need to write.
12. drink your tea.
13. write some more.
14. stop rewriting that chunk of dialogue from 2013.
15. write.
16. put on some music.
17. maybe some tchaikovsky; maybe some nirvana.
18. and keep making sentences.
19. yes, it is very bad, but write it anyway.
20. yes, you will look back on it and cringe, but write it anyway.
21. yes, it needs work, but not now.
22. write some more.
23. drink your tea.
24. write some more.
25. drink your tea.
26. write some more.
27. drink your tea.
28. write some more.
29. write some more.
30. you can stop now; you're done.
31. you have a skeleton now.
32. it's a nice skeleton; kind of bare.
33. and frightening.
34. but you're not finished.
35. you have to weave flesh on that skeleton.
36. you can edit now; you're weaving.
37. you're sculpting.
38. sculpt some more.
39. you can fix that now.
40. it's strengthening; it's growing.
41. weaving flesh; sculpting muscle.
42. it's looking pretty.
43. you're finished now.
44. well done.
45. it's beautiful.