Saturday, August 27, 2011

A Declaration of Diligence


We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Writers are created equal, that they are endowed by their Muses with certain unalienable Duties, that among these are Writing, Editing, and the pursuit of Publication—That to encourage these Duties, Writing Habits are instituted among Writers, deriving their just Powers from the Industry of the Would-Be-Novelists, That whenever any Form of Entertainment becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Duty of the Writers to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Incentives, laying their Foundation on such Principles and organizing its Powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Diligence and Publication. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Writing Habits long established should not be abandoned for light and transient Causes; and accordingly all Experience hath shewn, that Writers are more disposed to sloth, while Manuscripts are queryable, than to right themselves by reasserting the Habits to which they are accustomed. But when a long Train of Laziness and Procrastination, pursuing invariably the same Manuscript, evinces a Design to consign them to absolute Obscurity, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Entertainments, and to provide new Encouragements for their future WIPs. Such has been the foolish Stupor of this Writer; and such is now the Necessity which constrains her to alter her former Scheme of Waiting. 



Two weeks off is plenty, yes? Onward!

13 comments:

  1. Or, as I tell myself, whatever else you want to do with your day is fine as long as you write 1,000 words a day, period.

    Go you! Get 'er going again!

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  2. Enjoy your break! I've been thinking about doing the same thing.

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  3. Yes, Heidi! 1000 words a day seems very cool. Gotta get back to that.

    Donna--you absolutely deserve a break. Always take a break between editing rounds. If only to work on something else. :)

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  4. So then - what is the new book about?

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  5. JD: Really cool stuff. :) With swords. 'Cause nothing says cool like a really cool sword.

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  6. Well written Thomas Jefferson would be proud. Good luck with your really cool sword book.

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  7. This is just awesome! Well done. Write on!

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  8. Angie--Jefferson did all the hard work. :)

    Liz--thanks!

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  9. *claps* Well done! I've been in a bit of a schlump myself, so I totally needed to hear this. :-)

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  10. Ha, I enjoyed that! Good luck with writing. I'm trying to jump back into a routine after taking most of the summer off from writing. Eek!

    Fellow UF Campaigner.

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  11. Thank you so much for your kind words about the loss of my Bridger.

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  12. Crystal--*bows* Thank you, thank you. Now stop clapping and start typing. :)

    Shannon--nice to meet you! Breaks are brutal, huh? When are they supposed to end?

    Lisa--You're awesome. That must have been so hard. Don't forget the catharsis of writing!

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