With the idea of New Year’s Resolutions in the back of my mind – which I usually avoid making – I decided to reread Jane Yolen’s TAKE JOY, A BOOK FOR WRITERS.
I’m only a few chapters in, but already… Ahhhh…
Jane Yolen is brilliant. And prolific. She has written every type of writing. And has done it well!
So she’s obviously a rare breed. But… she makes it all seem possible. While taking joy in the process.
From her chapter entitled ADVICE (aka New Year’s Resolutions)
- WRITE EVERY DAY: Exercise the writing muscle
- WRITE WHAT INTERESTS YOU: As opposed to only writing what you know
- WRITE FOR YOURSELF: You are the only constant in your life
- WRITE WITH HONEST EMOTION: come up with your own core emotional truths
- BE CAREFUL OF BEING FACILE: I think Jane has to worry about this more than the rest of us, but still good to keep in mind. Especially when it’s hard.
- BE WARY OF PREACHING: Aim to REACH instead.
- BE READY TO GO TOPSY-TURVY: Force your writing to go figuratively upside down so that you can see it anew. (Change your POV, MC’s gender, eliminate modifiers, turn prose into poetry)
- BE PREPARED FOR SERENDIPITY: The “happy accident”. In other words, live.
- The magic word is BIC… Butt in Chair. “Hard work is the only real magic there is…”
Wishing you new visions and inspiration in 2010, with a great big helping of JOY.
Sarah Wones Tomp
WRITING ON THE SIDEWALK