When to stop writing

Monday, January 30, 2006
When you're standing at the Pearly Gates and St. Peter is busy discussing his novel with Miss Snark.

Look, writing is supposed to be hard. It's supposed to be utter agony. If it were easy, there would be no trees left at all, and what would Killer Yapp whizz on in Central Park?

If you must write, if you love to write, if writing makes you understand yourself or the world better; if writing is prayer; if writing is fun; if writing is what you think about when you see something strange or wonderful in this old world, then write.

If it's never published, so be it. YOU will have loved, understood, empathized, prayed, rejoiced and enjoyed. In the end, that's all that matters.


Blogrolled Miss Snark.

12 comments:

Buddy Larsen said...

I don't know why all those folks at Ms Snark's want to write their own books. It's not like books aren't for sale--fairly cheap--everywhere.

Or heck, just go get one at the library, eh?

chuck said...

Come Monday night, Buddy is feeling lowdown and surly and looking for a fight...

Seneca the Younger said...

The problem is, they're all the wrong book.

Knucklehead said...

Buddy is a bit growly on this one, isn't he. Buddy, buddy, they want to some day go to the library and check out THEIR book. Is too much to dream of?

Buddy Larsen said...

Heh-heh...if only I could remember *ONE* of the thousand great book ideas I've had over the years...wake up with the thing half-written in my mind, roll-out, plod to the kitchen, grope for the coffee makins', and forget the whole shebang before the first sip. Every damn time.

Buddy Larsen said...

Try a work-around, put a pad and pencil by the lamp. Wake up and grab the pencil. Think "wow, what a neat invention--cheap, user-friendly, muscle-powered, a mere glance tells ya all you need to know--how much pencil is left, how sharp's the point, how much eraser is left--hey, ain't it cool, eraser is right out there on the other end from the point! Now. What was I gonna do with, again? Ah, jeez...I forgot."

Peter UK said...

What's the problem Buddy,there's your first two paragraphs,books don't have themes any more.

Buddy Larsen said...

That's a great idea Peter! I'll C.O.D. you a thousand-lot of the first printing, you should have no trouble selling them!

Peter UK said...

Thats the ticket, "Pencil" one man's fight against amnesia.

Buddy Larsen said...

When the amnesia catches up with the procrastination--we won't remember what we didn't do!

Peter UK said...

Amnesia,I don't remember having amnesia,anyway I've been putting it off.

Buddy Larsen said...

I've been meaning to quit worrying about being a procrastinator, myself, Peter.

If we could at least quit putting off the not worrying, then we wouldn't be worrying about why we're not worried about all this worrying.