"Immersion in the life of the world, a willingness to be inhabited by and to speak for others, including those beyond the realm of the human, these are the practices not just of the bodhisattva but of the writer." --Jane Hirshfield

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Stop Futzing; Get Writing

"Published authors have a lot more on their plates than simply writing a book. A published author is charged with writing a book while often editing the previous book and thinking about the next book. When Book B is complete it’s immediately time to get down to publicizing Book A, editing Book A, and writing Book C, and for that reason the futzing has to stop, whether the author wants it to or not. Unpublished authors should really start thinking of working in much the same way."

Thanks to Editorial Ass for pointing me to Book Ends.

Of futzing, there is no end. This is one of my issues, how futzable writing projects are. The post at Book Ends points out that writing projects are consecutive, not all floating in a timeless, infinite, futzy sea.

Anyone want to comment with further futz formations, be my guest.


Anonymous said...

There's nothing like sitting down to write to make me want to do the laundry, or remember I have something else to do.

Zen of Writing said...

My favorite is playing with the dog.