Apparently, it’s not about knowing; it’s about doing.

Almost always, I find inspiration at bookstores. I walk through one, browsing the numerous titles, thinking about how much I’d love to see my own book(s) there, and eventually end up at the writing books. There, I pick up some books, browse through them, and find some glimmer of wisdom to enhance my writing and motivate me to write on the way home.

For the first time in several months, I finally had a chance to go to the bookstore today. No, it’s not for lack of not trying to; I live an hour away from anything decent. And don’t get me wrong–I found several good books–but I also came out rather depressed. Why?

Because every mistake writers make or every “rule” of writing that I read today, I either know about and follow, or haven’t written anything that requires me to followed them. Basically, I know a lot of it.

Worse, one of the “rules” I wasn’t sure about, the author says she doesn’t need to explain it. Moreover, she skips possibly the most important “rule” in that all chapters should end with a question.  (That I consider to be a practical explanation of how to build tension and suspense, but that’s another post all together)

I was reading Thanks but This Isn’t for Us, and as i went through each of the suggestions, I found some interesting things. (Like with romance stories it is good to have at least one character who has some reason why he/she can’t be in love.) But almost all of her common goofs, I sat  there and explained to my sister that yeah, I know this is a problem for this and this and this.

So here it comes down to it: I apparently know how to write. I need to just sit down and write. After eight years of skimming writing books (I only own two.), writing a few stories, editing my few stories, working through problems and everything else involved with writing, I realize that I know enough I can practically write a writing book.

So in the end, it all comes back to the fact that to be a writer, a real writer, I need to write.  Starting tomorrow.

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About Abigail

I'm an elementary education major at a college in the Midwest. I might graduate as early as December '13 but more likely May '14. I write when I can. I also knit on occasion, draw, do homework and contradict teachers to make people think. :)

2 responses to “Apparently, it’s not about knowing; it’s about doing.”

  1. broadsideblog says :

    Today! :-)

    It is so much easier and more fun to talk, write, think about and imagine life as a writer. But it is a huge amount of bloody hard work, which is why it is so much more fun to talk about writing a book than actually doing it.

    My second NF book is out April 14, from Portfolio, and my publisher emailed me today to tell me that finished books are in. I am psyched!!!! But if you had seen the….challenges….of getting it to print, you might look at all those books on the tables and know how much blood and sweat stain their pages as well.

    But that bit remains invisible!

    http://malledthebook.com/

    • Abigail says :

      What you say reminds me of this quote: “Easy reading is damn hard writing.” ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

      However, on the plus side I did begin writing the novel I’ve been planning for a couple months now. The thing I suggestion I needed to start writing. :) It’s not good, but I’m just going to have to live with that for the time.

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