20 Feb

Good advice from a fellow writer. ~ JLB

Thoughtvomit

No, turn off the seventies porn boom chicka wow wow track playing in your head.  I’m talking about writing.  Specifically, I’m talking about relating to your subject matter and getting words on the page.

There are days when the muse is on your shoulder, and you know exactly what should happen in your narrative and what your characters will do and say.  The words flow, and you plan your Pulitzer acceptance speech.  I had one of those days…once.  When it comes to writing, I am a grinder.  I stare at the screen.  I reread what I’ve written.  I stare some more.  I have learned the discipline to keep my ass on the seat, but the words, they don’t come easy. 

My current novel is set almost exclusively on the Appalachian Trail.  A couple years ago I hiked about six hundred miles of it.  I know the trail.  However, sitting in…

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