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November 20, 2011

So you want to be a writer

What if on a Friday night someone said to you, "You have this weekend to produce 5,000 words on your latest project." What would you do?

Everyone in my family would probably shoot themselves at the thought. I would think, "Really? I get the whole weekend to write? Rock!"

Life and the day job intrude too often to allow me the luxury of a full weekend of writing, but this weekend it happened and I hit a vein and cranked out 5,000 words on Muffin Man. Pretty good words, it feels like right now. We'll find out when I read it over tomorrow.

But if that question fills you with dread instead of ecstacy, you might want to rethink that whole writer thing.

Charles Bukowski said it much better.

2 comments:

~kelly said...

nice poem... you may enjoy this app if you don't already have it: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/mobile/

I would love to "have" to write 5,000 words over the weekend- still I find myself wondering who would feed my kids and (eventually) what kind of writer I'd be living under a bridge... :)

You gonna share that Muffin?

Brad Whittington said...

Actually, I'm not much of one for poetry, although I did recently buy All Night Lingo Tango after hearing Garrison read this and that on the Writer's Almanac.

Wrote the last scene of Muffin Man Draft 1 last night around midnight. Now I have to go back and fill in all the blanks where I skipped over stuff I had to look up. Samples coming in January.