August 27, 2015
Hello Dear Readers,
As I wrote to another blogger this past week, a quote from a fairly well-known movie came to mind. Our discussion dealt with writers bloc.
(I never suffer from writer’s block, by the way, just so you know. Way too much to write about.)
However, the quote was from The Shining and it wasn’t “Here’s Johnny.”
(I watched that movie in high school, viewing the scariest parts while peeking through the window of the door from within the lobby. It wasn’t so spooky there, with the lights on and all.)
The quote I’m referring to is one every writer over
45 55 or something more like 58 (but who’s counting,) should know. (How many of you already know what I’m going to write?)
“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”
It cracks me up that there are so many images of that manuscript in Google:
As I said, I don’t have Johnny’s problem.
In this final mile of two major projects, I’ve taken some time off from blogging. I went to the beach, the fair, my high school reunion, visited my daughter, friends, parents, purchased a few paints, brushes, and, last but not least, a sewing machine. (I’ve never had my very own sewing machine to play with before. Pray for my fingers to not be pricked. Every time I try to sew I swear I must be related to Sleeping Beauty. Tiny drops of blood mess up material and you’d think feathers were a flying with all the fowl —foul—you get the picture.)
In order to write well, I need breathers, but I still have this inner need to create.
My breathers include time outdoors and other avenues of creativity like arts and crafts. I think every writer needs breathers and various avenues of creative expression.
Writing related projects
I’ve decided I want my new book—-my next book—-to have a ready-made line of products supporting it. This book is right next to finished. It mixes fact with fiction and it’s a fun one. I’ll be doing everything from home: printing, binding, etc. Little by little, I’ve been collecting my supplies, selecting my stories, and working on the graphics for those stories.
Now to make some proto-projects to go with it. My hope is to have things done and organized in such a way as to begin really rocking maybe by this Christmas season, but at least shortly after the first of the year.
Writing related projects include such things as:
- book markers
- whatever else you can think of. (What else can you think of?)
Questions for you
There is so much more to writing than the mere typing of words. Are there other writers out there who’ve decided to do a whole DIY book project? Do any of you have complimentary projects going on to partner with your stories? (Not counting your blogs.) I’d like to hear from you.