Commit to What Restores You

In our final link of the week, we visit the Writing and Wellness blog for a post on How to Refill the Well. This post is aimed at least partially on writers who are published but certainly has applicability to those who have not yet got that far. We all get tired, after all, and from time to time we certainly all need to refill the well.

P.S. If you don’t have time for the article, scroll down to the tips below. You  might find them useful.

I had the great pleasure of meeting award-winning author Hannah Tinti at the Aspen Summer Words Conference in July.

I heard her speak on the final panel of the week, and then got a chance to have her sign my copy of her book, The Good Thief.

While she was signing, she made conversation with me, and it came up that I was a writer, and had a book releasing soon. I told her my publisher had asked for a marketing plan, and that I was a little nervous about stepping into the world of selling the book, which seemed so foreign to the world of writing it.

Did she have to be involved in marketing as well, I asked?

Most writers, she said—save perhaps the Pulitzer Prize winners—are required to market.

Then she told me something that has stayed with me ever since.

For everything I put out to market the book, she said, I should put something back in.

In other words, replenish the well, and do it frequently.

One of the things she does? Treats herself to a latte after a book signing.

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Some of it might end up far more usable than you think

Surlymuse argues that not only should we write when tired but sick or just hate the world. There is very pertinent advice here about the importance of writing every day. If there is anything good about being in these conditions, of course, it is not only that we can bust them by writing anyway but also offer our pains up.

In a perfect universe, I’d begin every writing day with nine hours’ sleep, a perfectly brewed cup of coffee, nothing on my work schedule, and a gentle rainstorm to keep me from even thinking about going outside. I’d have a clearly formed idea, a flawless outline, and several unbroken hours to work.

While I’m at it, I would also like to write with telepathy from the seat of my private jet while I get a neck massage from a Czech supermodel.

Writing when you’d rather not is one of the most important skills you can ever cultivate as a writer. Anyone can write when they’re feeling fine and the muse has just hit them between the eyes like a thunderbolt from Valhalla. But there will be days when every syllable is like a back-alley fistfight with a rabid hobo. That’s when your mettle really gets tested.

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the pressure never ends

Continuing the theme of writing and tiredness, Paperback Writer discusses fighting fatigue. This post is from 2010 but thematically is timeless. I found it a very worthwhile read. I hope you do, too.

It’s not unusual for writers to be stressed out — it’s kind of an occupational hazard — but lately I’ve noticed some unusual signs of fatigue popping up around the blogosphere. It’s not just people neglecting their blogs or virtually disappearing for weeks at a time, either (that I blame on Twitter.) I’ve noticed regular comments by folks out there in NetPubLand who mention being tired or just plain sound tired. A lot.

I can sympathize. At the moment I’m trying to kill a deadline after an insanely busy release week and two separate huge family events, and frankly? I’m wiped. I’d like nothing better than to put up one of my “Off to Write” posts, unplug and hole up in my writing space until this novel is out of here. I can even see myself coming back from the post office to collapse on the nearest horizontal surface and not move until the moon enters a new phase.

Can’t do it.

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we have to learn to write no matter what

Source Kristen Lamb’s Blog

This week’s posts are arranged on the theme of writing and tiredness. Most writers have day jobs. Any writing we do in the evening has to compete against the tiredness of the day’s work. Is that possible? Let’s find out.

In this post, Kristen Lamb discusses How Being Tired Can Make You a Better Writer.

One of the best writing teachers/mentors in the business is Author Candace Havens. This woman isn’t an author, she’s a force of nature, and any writer who wants to go pro needs to take her classes. Recently, she presented for us at WANACon, and she brought up some interesting points I’d like to share here.

Embrace Being Tired

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High Energy vs Low Energy

Source Medium Corp

Top Ten questions to ask about your chapter start focusses on non-fiction writing but this post is still worth reading as it highlights an issue that is vitally important to the fiction write: the need to write an opening paragraph / chapter that will suck the reader into the whole story.

Readers of Masters dissertations, PhDs or serious non-fiction books focus a lot of attention on the beginnings and endings of chapters. They look to them to get a quick impression of what the new chapter is about. So chapter starts need to be designed with some extra care and attention. Is the very first opening paragraph, and then the whole start of your chapter, ‘high energy’ and clearly argued? Or is it alternatively, ‘low energy’ and pretty diffuse? Does it give a clear sense of progression, of your new chapter broaching a fresh subject and developing an argument? Or does it seem to start repetitively, with ‘more of the same’? Here are ten questions to help you assess how you have begun.

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The sad fact is Irish history rarely gives pleasure, even to the Irish

It is unrealistic to expect the English to remember 1916 (The Irish Times)

K V Turley LCWC on English knowledge, or rather the sad lack thereof, of the country’s past.

A recent Generation Emigration article lamented the lack of historical awareness in England about Ireland, and, in particular, the events of 1916. Having grown up in the North, but lived for decades in England, I would have to agree there is little, if any, awareness amongst the majority here about the history of Ireland. There is also a dearth of knowledge about the history of Scotland, Wales, and even England.

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‘We’ll keep going’

Source Catholic Exchange
Title Prisoner in the Death House: Father Emil Kapaun

K. V. Turley on Father Emil Kapaun, a heroic priest in a time of war and imprisonment.

It was Thanksgiving, so he knew where to find them. The postman made for the local Catholic Church. Fearing the worst, he handed the telegram to the parish priest. After Mass concluded, its contents were read out privately to those to whom it was addressed:

The Secretary of State of the Army has asked me to express his deep regret that your son Captain Emil J. Kapaun has been missing in action in Korea since Nov. 2nd ’50…

The parents of the man now missing listened in stunned disbelief. Thereafter, there was only silence in the room.

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NB Fr Kapaun can be seen on the far right hand side  of the photograph accompanying the article)

Father Kapaun Ora Pro Nobis

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