Sunday, July 18, 2010

To Write or Not To Write - which is right?

Should you, as a writer, adopt the policy of writing every day? Forcing the words out, if necessary, putting down word after word without joy, without weight and without meaning? Is there really any benefit to that?

Most in the writing industry will tell you that writing - good writing - comes from practice. They will actively encourage you to write each day. They will insist on it. Only through such good habits and developmental practices will you improve.

But is that always true? Should you always write - even when you don't feel like it?

The big question here comes down to you - you as a writer.

What differentiates a Writer from a writer (note the capitalization) is pretty well the same thing that differentiates an Artist from an artist.

A Writer (capital) is essentially an Artist (capital) because they literally live, eat, drink and breath their work. The thought of not producing that work is unimaginable. They literally are born to perform, so to speak. It's not so much a matter of a Writer writing than being a channel for the writing. Try to stop breathing - it's easy. OK, well it isn't easy, but it's about as easy as it is for a writer to stop writing.

If you are not driven then you are not a Writer. Or an Artist.

So having said all that, is it necessary to write every day?

The short answer is that - when the urge to write occurs - it is impossible to not write every day. If you don't do it then you feel incomplete.

At least, most days.

Some days even Writers don't have the urge.

And on those days, they do not write.

Which I think answers the question.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Kindling will start a fire

The new Kindle, more than the iPad, is literally kindling for a new revolution - the electronic book. More, it promises to deliver something that the mainstream publishers cannot - i.e. choice.

The big thing with the kindle is its Electronic paper. Oh, and the size of the Amazon store behind it. iPad might end up with the might of iTunes but the electronic paper will definitely win out, imho, in terms of reading. It literally IS an electronic book.

But the less commented plus with the kindle (and to some extend all the other 'readers' available) is the ability for those who are ignored or rejected by mainstream publishers to actually get their work online and in your face. And this is a big revolution.

For the first time in history, the world will be able to choose what they read rather than having their options limited by short-sighted publishers interested only in peddling existing authors and short-term profits.

The Kindle is kindling for every unpublished author. It's time to get crackling!

Sunday, July 4, 2010


A moment's fancy, sought with Nancy,
Foolish man's desire.
Now the other-woman's panties,
Subtly do conspire.

Roaming penis, takes his pleasure,
Jester dressed as King,
He pays the cost o' fem'nine treasure,
Snared by a ring.

Forbidden Union has its dues,
Her silence he to crave.
A husband with too much to lose,
A secret to the grave.