NaNoWriMo – 25 – Meanwhile, Back in the Word Mines

Writing is an act of cultivating interest.
~~ Chuck Wendig

30 days in the word mines

This is why writers must write a great deal, because that instinct doesn’t come immediately, or even naturally. Every word reinforces the colonic choir of intestinal instinctive flora that populates our gut.

Be proud of that.

You might hit a moment here where you hate what you’re writing. We all get there. Just remember that it’s part of the equation. Writing crap—or what you think is crap—is you solving for X. It’s you fumbling around trying to fill in the gaps of your skill, your talent, your understanding…

Your instinct.

A writing regimen isn’t always about writing the book that will get you fame, money, groupies, a sweet car, a hot-air balloon, an emerald palace, an albino alligator who you will train to hunt and eat your enemies.

Sometimes it’s just about writing. It’s about the act more than it is about the result.

It’s about instinct more than the ending.

It’s more about your action than it is everyone else’s reaction.

It’s about being conscious of all the things that go into story (plot, characters, theme, motif, language, etc.) rather than pure content.

It’s about seeing how the craft of  writing and the art of storytelling are separate but equal—and how they must play well together. It’s about seeing how even bad work can be made awesome through future editing and rewriting.

This is an act of discovery. More notable for the practice it affords you than the product you create.

The journey matters.

You bought the ticket.

Don’t stop the ride now. You’re just learning the curves.

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Chuck Wendig (0101-01-01T00:00:00+00:00). Day 24. 30 Days In the Word Mines (Kindle Locations 394-407). terribleminds. Kindle Edition.

Chuck Wendig has a web site and a blog among other things.


For the most part, this blog is about reading and writing m/m romances, but there are a few personal reflections, some writerly information, and a bit of writing practice. Thank you for stopping by.

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2 comments on “NaNoWriMo – 25 – Meanwhile, Back in the Word Mines
  1. kirizar says:

    I will now stop avoiding writing by reading blogs. Thank you, Chuck. Back to the word mines for me.

  2. This little book is SO good. Reassuring, helpful, and as ever scathingly humorous. I want to share his thoughts on endings and on establishing a workable writing life, but I don’t know how much is fair to share. I’ve come to the end of my scheduled stuff…have to try to rustle up some more writing thoughts. (It’s my November goal.)

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