Sunday, February 5, 2017

Write Faster--or not

Does anyone write with a pen, anymore?

Of course not. Who has that kind of time? All of us are in too much of a hurry to finish that novel and get it published. Did that one, on to the next -- every year...twice a year...every three months.

Fast, faster, fastest -- the fastest wins the race. And this is a race. Right? That's the reason you write, right -- to win.

And if you don't win. You lose -- your readership, your title. You can't call yourself a writer unless you win. You can't call yourself a writer unless you pump out those novels. Writers write -- All. The. Time.

So ditch that pen. It's way too slow. The computer is the only tool to use. You're in this game to win.


I recently received a rejection letter that read more like a pep-talk. The P-u-b-l-i-s-h-e-r wanted me to realize that it wasn't the act of being published that gave my writing value. She wanted me to remember that writing -- the act, the craft -- in and of itself is valuable.

And so I wonder... Could it be true that we don't have to enter the race? Is it possible that you don't even have to be published to be a writer? Maybe there are more important things than speed--like maybe studying the craft. Hmmm...


Giving Up and Giving In by Kathryn Magendie


Darlene said...

I still write with a pen sometimes. I often write the first draft of a chapter in a notebook while in the car (hubby driving of course), on an airplane or at the beach. Later I type it up and polish it. Writing with a pen is great therapy and the ideas just flow. It is better for free writing. I don't believe for one minute you have to be published to consider yourself a writer!

Leanne Dyck said...

I like your examples, Darlene. There's something laid back about writing with a pen, but writing on a computer is all business.

Laurie Buchanan said...

Leanne — And while I don't write blog posts, articles, or books with a pen, I LOVE MY PEN! I use it for notes, and my calendar, and writing letters (yes, I still send hand-written letters). My current favorite pen is "EnerGel" by Pentel.

My two-cents worth? A writer is a writer. You don't have to be published to be a writer.

Leanne Dyck said...

Thank you for your comment, Laurie.
'My current favourite pen'
It's remarkable how the right pen can make all the difference -- literally breathe life and joy into our writing.