Let’s Be Honest and a ROW80 Check-In
- Emergence is now up to roughly 80k of my 110k target. I’m feeling pretty confident on getting to The End by the middle of June. Then, editing.
- Because of #1 and that being my priority, I haven’t spent a lot of time on Crossing Paths. I’ve got about 11k written and haven’t visited Rainie and Ethan as much as I would like because . . .
- . . . the nonWIP WIP is up to a little over 12k and I can’t seem to leave it alone. The brothers are being very bad. (Quiet, ReGi! 😉 ) I’m trying what to decide to do with it. Not because I *want* to, mind, but because the muses are obviously insisting. I really have no idea where it’s going. It just goes. I’ve given the boys free rein and they’ve taken it, damn them.
I’d have to look, but I believe one of my goals was to write every day. So far I’ve been doing pretty good there. However, now that the weather has gotten nice, it’s time to paint the house. The house is in serious need of paint. Has been since we bought it. I was all for paying someone to do it, the price being well-worth it considering I’m very jealous of my “free” time. They hubby, however, has decided we will tackle it ourselves. Grrrrrrr So, between that and the dogs and their schedule, I’m scraping for writing time. Breaks at work, getting up early on weekends, foregoing the couch and reading — I’ll make it work.
And, since I’ve got your ear (or eyes) let’s take a look at #7 on the list of Writerly Virtues by Chuck Wendig that I’ve been exploring: Honesty.
Writers are liars who use those lies to tell truths. ~Chuck Wendig
Agree, or disagree? As a writer we make stuff up, constantly. Is telling tales a form of lying?
For writers, and anyone pursuing any goal, I link Honesty with being Realistic. You have to be honest with yourself about your goals, how hard you’re willing to work toward them, and (the hardest part) how good you are. If you suck, and you know, don’t be afraid to show it! Oops, sorry, I spent a year in grade school as a cheerleader and those sort of rhymes were common fare. And before you go off on a tangent with that tasty morsel of my past, I was *only* a cheerleader because there weren’t any girl sport teams. It was a very small school with barely enough boys to make a basketball team and in that day, no such thing as co-ed sports.
You don’t need to flaunt the fact you suck, but you do need to be honest about it. Does that mean you give up? Hells no!! You get better. You practice, you learn, you try (sticktoitiveness), you work at your craft until you get better. And once you’re better? You KEEP WORKING AT IT because once you decide you’ve got nothing more to learn, you’re going to find out you do.
You need to be Honest about the ‘why’ as well, because that changes all the other aspects. Do you want whatever ‘it’ is for fame and fortune? For someone else? To be accepted? To be one of the in-crowd? Or do you want it for you? Because it feeds your soul. Because it is a Need, not a want, not a desire, a need like oxygen?