Sunday, August 16, 2009
Okay, so there was NOTHING on the television the other night, even though we have like a billion channels, but, seriously folks, it was all cruddy. And, I felt like having something on...you know how sometimes even if you don't really want to watch something, there are those times when you just want something good on. Maybe there's a positive energy thing there......I dunno.
Anyway, after great debate between Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius and Pirates of the Caribbean, POTC won out. Ahhhh, pirates..........*sigh* (except for the grunginess......ewww).
My favorite part deals with the Pirate's Code. "Well, they're really more like guidelines." And it started me thinking about my writing code. What IS a writing code, you ask?
Well, a writing code is that which you demand of yourself in order to make yourself feel like a writer. (Yes, jumbly sentence, I know.) In other words, it's the deal you make with yourself.......the sacred oath........the vow of whatever.......savvy?
1. Must write everyday. On real stuff (blog does not count).
2. Must complete at least one page per day on "pet project."*
Okay, pretty easy, no? And I think last year, I probably did it 360 out of 365 days. Not bad....for a pirate.
3. Once a week, must deal with the business end of things.......(keeping track of submissions, follow-up, e-mailing editor (not every week or Lucia would kill me!), re-sending.....all of the stuff I forget to do.)
That's all. Not anything lofty or earth shaking......but these are my pirate guidelines. They make me feel like a writer even more than looking at the bookshelf and seeing my books. The books are only the product. The writing is the process.
Life is all about the process.
*if you write 1 page a day for a year, you'll have a novel at the end of it! Seriously. Maybe two middle grades!
Posted by storyqueen at 7:15 AM