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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Writing With Sweat

Welcome to February! This month's quote is:
"If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in." --Rachel Carson, American biologist (1907-1964)
February is going to be my alphabet month. A is for "all out!" In running, it doesn't count unless you sweat. I'm thankful for sweat because it means I know I'm working hard, you know, going all out. In writing, it doesn't count unless you sweat, too. You know that terrible feeling of not knowing what your character is going to do next, of trying to figure out the next plot twist, of wondering how on earth you're ever going to be able to wrap it all up in a neat little package? Well, that's writing sweat. And it means that I know I'm working hard. Of course it applies to finding a market for your book, too. Poring through your catalog for publishers that match your manuscript is sweating, too. What do you do that lets you know you're working hard?

Keep on keepin' on...


  1. I can't imagine running without sweating! In writing, I know I'm working hard when I start talking about my characters like they're my best friends. :)

  2. When I'm really working hard (on writing), I go to bed utterly exhausted.

  3. I love your alphabet month idea, Christie.


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