Wednesday, September 23, 2009

It's all about attitude...

I found this quote the other day and liked it so much I just had to share it.

You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness, or even despair--the sense that you can never completely put on the page what's in your mind and heart. You can come to the act with your fists clenched and your eyes narrowed, ready to kick ass and take down names. You can come to it because you want a girl to marry you or because you want to change the world. Come to it any way but lightly. Let me say it again: you must not come lightly to the blank page. Stephen King in "On Writing"

So, how do you approach the act of writing?

I've decided to take the "fits clenched, eyes narrowed, ready to kick ass and take names" approach.

Watch out shoulder vultures. Writer at work!


  1. This is one of my favorite memoirs on writing. While the overuse of the "F" word is a bit distracting, King offers excellent advice throughout. I guess I'm the change the world kind of person. My first children's book will be of a shepherd boy named Obed, who visits the Christ Child on the night of His birth.

    Though there are times that the description you choose for yourself applies to me too. :)


  2. I like the "take no prisoners" approach, even though, most of the time, I'm too nice to really pull it off. :)