I have gotten out of the habit of working on my project.  My article got rejected and I have to muster up the energy to send it back out somewhere.  My book proposal is with an editor who has told me she will get to it sometime.  I don’t have high hopes.  I need to keep my head in the game, but there’s part of me that just doesn’t want to think about it any more.  I’m giving myself a break, but I wonder if I will ever be motivated to work on this project again.  Soon I’ll go home and my year abroad will be done and maybe I’ll just focus on new things.  Which seems okay with me right now.  Am I a quitter?  That’s the question I’m pondering today.

I have gotten out of the habit of working on my project.  My article got rejected and I have to muster up the energy to send it back out somewhere.  My book proposal is with an editor who has told me she will get to it sometime.  I don’t have high hopes.  I need to keep my head in the game, but there’s part of me that just doesn’t want to think about it any more.  I’m giving myself a break, but I wonder if I will ever be motivated to work on this project again.  Soon I’ll go home and my year abroad will be done and maybe I’ll just focus on new things.  Which seems okay with me right now.  Am I a quitter?  That’s the question I’m pondering today.

I have now sent off the revised proposal to an editor. This second run-through took months.    This proposal writing business has been tough stuff.  I’m extending to myself a small token of appreciation for a job well done.  I finished another book proposal and I sent it off.  Time to take a walk on this beautiful day. 

I have now sent off the revised proposal to an editor. This second run-through took months.    This proposal writing business has been tough stuff.  I’m extending to myself a small token of appreciation for a job well done.  I finished another book proposal and I sent it off.  Time to take a walk on this beautiful day. 

This beautiful mosaic is a token of great esteem to me for a job well done today, and to anyone else who either got something done or took the teeniest step toward getting something done.  

This beautiful mosaic is a token of great esteem to me for a job well done today, and to anyone else who either got something done or took the teeniest step toward getting something done.  

I’m giving myself this ancient pottery shard as a token of my esteem for a job well done today.  

I’m giving myself this ancient pottery shard as a token of my esteem for a job well done today.  

I’ve got to get my act together. 

I’ve got to get my act together. 

I wish I worked at a printing press shop.

I wish I worked at a printing press shop.

"The mind of a writer can be a truly terrifying thing: isolated, neurotic, caffeine-addled, crippled by procrastination, and consumed by feelings of panic, self-loathing and soul crushing inadequacy. And that’s on a good day."

Robert DeNiro, at the Academy Awards (via halekathleen)

Did not get far yesterday.  I truly am having the feelings DeNiro describes here.  Once again Robert DeNiro hits the mark. I’m going to try to stay light hearted while revising section 1 of the outline.

Time to set my timer for 90 minutes and start a new round of revising. 
I’ll warm up with a one sentence story.
After his ten hour drive, Asher was nothing short of giddy as he entered the museum in search of the watch fob exhibit. 

Time to set my timer for 90 minutes and start a new round of revising. 

I’ll warm up with a one sentence story.

After his ten hour drive, Asher was nothing short of giddy as he entered the museum in search of the watch fob exhibit. 

amandaonwriting:

Happy Birthday, Julia Cameron, born 4 March 1948
Seven Quotes On Writing
We should write because it is human nature to write. Writing claims our world. It makes it directly and specifically our own. We should write because humans are spiritual beings and writing is a powerful form of prayer and meditation, connecting us both to our own insights and to a higher and deeper level of inner guidance.
We should write because writing brings clarity and passion to the act of living. Writing is sensual, experiential, grounding. We should write because writing is good for the soul. We should write because writing yields us a body of work, a felt path through the world we live in. 
We should write, above all, because we are writers, whether we call ourselves that or not.
Writing is like breathing, it’s possible to learn to do it well, but the point is to do it no matter what.
Just as a good rain clears the air, a good writing day clears the psyche.
Being in the mood to write, like being in the mood to make love, is a luxury that isn’t necessary in a long-term relationship. Just as the first caress can lead to a change of heart, the first sentence, however tentative and awkward, can lead to a desire to go just a little further.
Doing it all the time, whether or not we are in the mood, gives us ownership of our writing ability. It takes it out of the realm of conjuring where we stand on the rock of isolation, begging the winds for inspiration, and it makes it something as do-able as picking up a hammer and pounding a nail. Writing may be an art, but it is certainly a craft. It is a simple and workable thing that can be as steady and reliable as a chore—does that ruin the romance?
Cameron is an American teacher, author, artist, and poet. She is most famous for her books The Artist’s Way and The Right to Write.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

amandaonwriting:

Happy Birthday, Julia Cameron, born 4 March 1948

Seven Quotes On Writing

  1. We should write because it is human nature to write. Writing claims our world. It makes it directly and specifically our own. We should write because humans are spiritual beings and writing is a powerful form of prayer and meditation, connecting us both to our own insights and to a higher and deeper level of inner guidance.
  2. We should write because writing brings clarity and passion to the act of living. Writing is sensual, experiential, grounding. We should write because writing is good for the soul. We should write because writing yields us a body of work, a felt path through the world we live in. 
  3. We should write, above all, because we are writers, whether we call ourselves that or not.
  4. Writing is like breathing, it’s possible to learn to do it well, but the point is to do it no matter what.
  5. Just as a good rain clears the air, a good writing day clears the psyche.
  6. Being in the mood to write, like being in the mood to make love, is a luxury that isn’t necessary in a long-term relationship. Just as the first caress can lead to a change of heart, the first sentence, however tentative and awkward, can lead to a desire to go just a little further.
  7. Doing it all the time, whether or not we are in the mood, gives us ownership of our writing ability. It takes it out of the realm of conjuring where we stand on the rock of isolation, begging the winds for inspiration, and it makes it something as do-able as picking up a hammer and pounding a nail. Writing may be an art, but it is certainly a craft. It is a simple and workable thing that can be as steady and reliable as a chore—does that ruin the romance?

Cameron is an American teacher, author, artist, and poet. She is most famous for her books The Artist’s Way and The Right to Write.

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write