What Writing Looks Like

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Sometimes writing looks a lot like someone staring at the wall.

The notebook is there, waiting for words. But the writer?

She’s staring at the wall. Or maybe out the window.

It doesn’t look like work.

It looks like doing nothing.

It maybe even looks like a waste of time.

But that’s the creative work. Right there. The staring. What you can’t see is the fuse lit inside, sizzling its way toward the fireworks.

And when those fireworks explode? Look out notebook. Here come the words.


3 thoughts on “What Writing Looks Like

    S. C. Green said:
    May 24, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    I’ve got that part down pat. It still doesn’t stop the misses from poking fun at my one minute of writing versus five minutes of staring.

    Lisa Nowak said:
    May 24, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Ain’t that the truth!

    dex said:
    May 25, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Great point. Anne Lamott says that everything–short stories, novels, works of non-fiction–they all begin the same way: “sh*tty first drafts.” (Her book on writing, “Bird by Bird” is amazing.) I agree with her, but how I hate writing those bad first drafts!

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