Not Knowing Shouldn’t Keep Me from Not Doing

“The single largest advantage a veteran writer has over the beginner is this tolerance for not knowing.” –Ron Carlson from Ron Carlson Writes a Story.

It’s funny how I’ll read a book about writing or even just a piece of literature and then I go on and on about it for days. This time it’s Ron Carlson. Last week he helped me write a whole story which I’ve submitted to Flash Fiction On-line, a new venue for me. And this week he’s helping me stay in the chair for my novel. I’m bolstering that with keeping track of the time in the chair and how much I accomplish. I started work at 9:13 this morning. BTW, I shouldn’t be typing this right now. I’ve now been distracted for about 10 minutes! Dang, and it’s 10:08 AM. That means I managed to work less than an hour before I figured out a way to goof off. Back to WCB. It’s now 10:09.

It’s 4:28 and I’m three chapters in having done more editing than I would have thought. But I’ve learned a lot writing my flashes this year about what I don’t have to say so I think these chapters are tighter and therefore, better. As for my seat of the pants in the chair, I haven’t been very good. I would be six chapters in if I’d just stayed the course. I tried to work outside away from the phone and internet but it’s been hot here today and the garage isn’t air conditioned so I gave up and came into the chill of the house where there is email and EDF forums to read, food, and HGTV. Yish.

But I am begun really this time. I have to keep up my momentum because I do not want to reread these chapters again until I’m finished. I taped a note on the fridge that says “Aren’t you sick of the first 125 pages and aren’t you curious to see what you wrote after that?” I’m gonna feed my dog now and maybe come back up for chapter 4. I’m going to hold myself accountable to YOU out there.

Okay. I did it. It’s 8:30 and Chapter 4 is in the vault. I’m feeling as if I’m in a rhythm now so hopefully tomorrow with be more of the same.

1 thought on “Not Knowing Shouldn’t Keep Me from Not Doing

  1. Alan Beard

    Hi Gay, I have to produce two substantial stories for my book coming out in 2010, deadline April 2009. Sounds like plenty of time but with a full time job, family etc I am/was panicking. But reading this has helped. I’m going to do that ‘sit in the seat’ business on the fifteen or so days I’ll have available to me between now and next April. And the stories will not only be finished they will be good! (I normally write a story a year). BTW read a collection of Ron carlson’s recently and really enjoyed them.Good luck with your writing.Alan

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