Vision: A Resource for Writers
Lazette Gifford, Editor


ow much do you think about writing, and how much do you actually write?

Odd question?  It's one I've found myself asking myself lately.

I think about writing a lot.  I consider the process, the techniques, the words themselves; writing is something I find endlessly interesting, like watching a kaleidoscope with an infinite number of little sparklies and doo-dads in it that keep combining in better and better patterns.  The whole process is a lot of fun to think about.

As long as I'm working on nonfiction, that is.  If I think about the process while I'm writing fiction, I fall flat on my face.

For me, writing fiction is about doing, not thinking -- about trusting my fingers and my subconscious to get in there and work with my conscious mind to produce something good.  I sink into the story, and for a while, I don't come back out.  And when I'm done writing fiction, I go back and read over work that could almost have been written by someone else.  I can see my hand in it, but there's something else going on there, too; a synthesis of parts of me that I can't get at any other way.  I certainly can't get to it by thinking about it.  Only by doing it.

If you're stalling out on your writing and analyzing what you're doing to see where you're falling down, my best suggestion is a Zen one.  Chop wood.  Carry water.

Just put words down on paper.  Any words.  Crappy words.  Stupid words.  Put them on paper, and keep putting them on paper, and tell your mind to shut up for a bit.  Analysis is for later, after you've written, when you don't need the help of your shadows.

Enjoy this month's issue.  I think you'll find much that is useful, much that is inspiring ... and yes, much that is practical.

But in between advice and inspiration, find some time to just write.

Holly Lisle