Going Quiet-Absorbing the Wisdom of Quotable Tuesday

by Lindsey on July 3, 2012

Like Jessica Powers, I love being busy and stacked up with projects. There’s an aliveness to it. I love doing a little bit everyday and inching toward the finish line. As a single mother and writer with multiple jobs, that life works.

Until it doesn’t. Until you find yourself, like Julie Larios, needing to go fishing.

That’s when I hear Kathy Nuzum and Janet Fox and all the other writers at Quotable Tuesday who have joined me to share their wisdom that gets them through the times when writing seems like the craziest (pre)occupation in the world

I have a revision to do. I have a memorial to write. I have a teen going off to Europe. And right now, that’s all I can focus on.

Quotable Tuesday will return but, for now, I need to go quiet.  I need to listen to Caroline Carlson‘s wisdom and remember “all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.”

Be well, my friends.

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Quotable Tuesday-Anonymous

by Lindsey on June 26, 2012

Quotable Tuesday is place for writers and artists to share the quote that sustains them though the times when writing is tough, when we aren’t sure, when we wonder if the world needs our story. Sometimes, though, a writer comes across a quote that crystallizes everything a writer is and he realizes it isn’t his lot in life.

“If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it.” – Anais Nin

This quote comes to me from a dear friend who prefers to remain anonymous. Of the quote, he says, “You may recall that for a number of years I struggled with a manuscript, convinced that I had a book in me. When I came across Nin’s quote it became evident to me that though I did enjoy writing I was a lightweight and did not “breathe”, “cry out”, or “sing” in it. This contributed to my decision to focus my energies in other areas (raising a kid for one) and retire from my non-writing, writing career.”

This decision is a powerful one. I admire your bravery, my friend. That you love writers and books is as important as your choice not to write.

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The Three-Foot Toss

by Lindsey on June 22, 2012

When we sit down to write, we have a vision. At first, the vision is about the story we are trying to tell. At some point, our vision might change to seeing that story as a book. Then it becomes a vision of a book that catches the eye of an agent; that attracts an editor; that gets many great reviews and fans and gobs of money and fame and…

All of these visions are fine and dandy but don’t forget about the three-foot toss.

As adults, we have this marvelous talent to focus ahead, set goals, and generally obsess about our destination. We know a home run, a hole in one, a touch down, a best-selling novel is the ultimate goal in those respective endeavors.

A child’s experience is different. They experience where they are at that moment and none other. They are the present moment personified. Until a certain age, they don’t have the context of past, present of  future.

One of the challenges we face as adults (and parents) is becoming transfixed by those big measurements and forgetting the thousand and one three foot tosses to reach the big achievement. Those three-foot tosses count. If we don’t celebrate them as valuable and important, we create undue pressure on reaching our goals. The tendency is to celebrate only the achievement. As a result, we miss the one thousand three foot tosses, which are essential to reaching that goal.

Tomorrow is the Writers League Of Texas big conference where they invite agents, editors and writers to mix, mingle and find connections. For some, perhaps having the courage to go to the conference is their three-foot toss. For others, it might be pitching their novel to an agent or editor. Whatever your three foot toss is today as a writer, I am cheering.

If you are at the conference, please say hello. I will be one of the panelists on the 10:15am panel: Digital Publishing: A Brave New World. At 1:45, I will introduce Jay Ehret, the Dean of Marketing Know How at marketingspot.com and author Missy Balusek for their panel: Paparazzi! How to Leverage Publicity for the Self Published Author.

 

Thanks to my dear friend Gail Allen for the three foot toss wisdom.

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