Motivations for the Writer! #6

Don’t worry about a story that you haven’t finished.  It’s okay to let it ‘rest’.  There have been times when I have had three books waiting for me to finish.  Just the other day I pulled up my GAN (great American novel) and realized that it had been ‘resting’ for over a year. Life and other stories had gotten in the way.

The good news is that it’s only about 50-75 pages from being a completed first draft.  And, I am looking at it with fresh eyes.  What a difference that makes. It’s almost like reading someone else’s work and I am revitalized and eager now to complete it and begin rewrites.

BTW, I am calling Song of the Yukon my great American novel, not out of ego but very much with tongue in cheek. Rather it is my largest effort today and took the most research, blood and sweat.  As of this writing it is finished (with countless rewrites and edits) and published.  


“Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, and thought and speculation at a standstill. I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.” Henry David Thoreau

It is a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.”  W. Somerset Maugham

Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon and star.” Confucius

Writing isn’t a calling, it’s a doing.”  T. Sugarek

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