Thursday, June 07, 2007

Thirteen Curses of Blogging and Writing


1. If you say you are prolific, your WIP will come to a screeching halt.
2. If you mention you hardly ever cut more than 100 words in your work, then you will soon need to chop off three or four thousand words.
3. If you say you never have trouble finishing a story/novella/novel, then you will be pulling teeth to finish your current story/novella/novel.
4. If you say the first half of your manuscript always flies, the next first half you write will be like flying through mud.
5. If you say you never go off on "wrong" or "false" tangents that you need to delete, you will soon go off on a delete-worthy tangent.
6. If you say you’re inspired by deadlines, they will soon freak you out and slow your writing down.
7. If you say you only write for money, the universe will conspire to make you write something with absolutely no promise of money whatsoever.
8. If you say that you never run out of ideas for blogging, you won’t have any blog ideas for at least a week.
9. If you say that it’s easy for you to blog every day, you will soon find that you are struggling to find the time to blog.
10. If you say that it’s easy to keep up with all your favorite blogs with your fancy-shmancy reader, you will soon find yourself inexplicably behind.
11. If you say you can’t wait to read a book, the universe will conspire to keep you from finishing that book for AGES ...
12. If you say you never get behind in reading, you will soon have a TBR pile of at least a hundred books that you’re DYING to read.
13. In general, if you post about ANYTHING on your blog, you will soon be forced to eat your words.

27 bonus scribbles:

Perri Nelson 6/07/2007 04:32:00 PM  

Murphy strikes the blogging world. That guy has his hands in everything.

Mine is up #7.

StarvingWriteNow 6/07/2007 04:41:00 PM  

Hee, hee... you are SO right!! Life sure does like to get in the way!

The Rock Chick 6/07/2007 05:36:00 PM  

So true!!! I try to never pressure myself when writing. I don't feel the need ot blog every day and if I am writing stories, I just do it when the mood strikes me.

Of course, I make no money at all doing this! Then it would be work...and much less fun!

Happy TT!!!

Jessica The Rock Chick

FalnAngel7 6/07/2007 06:30:00 PM  

I agree especially with #11. I have a pile of books here waiting to be read, but blogging is now getting in the way. Happy TT!

Rhian / Crowwoman 6/07/2007 06:49:00 PM  

definitely 13 rock solid truths there! If my TBR gets any bigger i'm going to have to rent a reader just to get thru them.

FRIGGA 6/07/2007 06:53:00 PM  

How true so many of those are!
Happy TT13!

Christine 6/07/2007 06:56:00 PM my life. I think the moral of the story is to never think those things, let alone blog them. :)

Susan Helene Gottfried 6/07/2007 07:25:00 PM  

Ahh, Spy. How wise thou art.

For awhile there, whenever I'd sign up in advance for spin class, I'd have to cancel the next morning. REALLY frustrating.

Happy TT!

L^2 6/07/2007 08:00:00 PM  

Haha... your list is so true! That's why I never say any of those things. :-)

Thanks for visiting my TT.

colleen 6/07/2007 09:06:00 PM  

Is WIP another way to say MUSE? This is like Murphy's Law of writing.

Sparky Duck 6/07/2007 10:39:00 PM  

so its like never telling a pitcher he is throwing a no hitter?

Ann 6/07/2007 10:41:00 PM  

Cool list. #13 would seem to be the inspiration behind my own list this week, don't you think? If I have to eat my words, at least they'll taste good *g*.

Alyssa Goodnight 6/07/2007 10:45:00 PM  

That sounds about right...thanks for the reminder! :)

Happy T13!

Jennifer McK 6/07/2007 10:52:00 PM  

Just have to say "Amen Sistah". I have had to eat my words many times.

Like when I said I quit smoking.
When I said I'd blog daily.
When I said I was going to start plotting.

You get the picture.

Anonymous,  6/07/2007 11:05:00 PM  

Hee! Oh, how I know the drill! I, too, have had to eat my words so many times. I've learned that I really shouldn't say anything on the blog about how I'm rocking and rolling on a WIP because sure as I do, it'll grind to a halt... LOL!

Happy TT, and thanks for visiting my blog!

Joely Sue Burkhart 6/07/2007 11:15:00 PM  

Absolutely!!! Oh, man, these are soooo right. Why can't we learn to just shut up and write? :-)

Crimson Wife 6/07/2007 11:50:00 PM  

Murphy's Law strikes again!

Barbara 6/08/2007 01:56:00 AM  

How true!! I so agree with the blogging and reading! I am so behind on both!

Elle Fredrix 6/08/2007 06:12:00 AM  

Damn. I need to learn to keep my mouth shut!

Bernita 6/08/2007 07:11:00 AM  

Why shrugs were invented, I suspect...

Rhonda Stapleton 6/08/2007 10:03:00 AM  

ROFL--okay, this is a riot. And so true...hahahahah

Lorelei James,  6/08/2007 10:39:00 AM  

#12 is particularly apt in my life :)


Finlands finest 6/08/2007 02:13:00 PM  

That is hysterical and sooo true!

Jeannine 6/09/2007 03:32:00 AM  

Very interesting and very true!
And boy do I suffer from some of these at the moment

Meg Gardiner,  6/09/2007 05:36:00 AM  

I have to eat my words all the time. I prefer them with Hershey's chocolate syrup. What' your favorite topping?

Ember 6/10/2007 08:50:00 AM  

So true! Every one of them.