Friday Focus: Just Write

“You can sit there, tense and worried, freezing the creative energies, or you can start writing something. It doesn't matter what. In five or ten minutes, the imagination will heat, the tightness will fade, and a certain spirit and rhythm will take over.”
~ Leonard Bernstein

I thought this was pretty appropriate considering NaNoWriMo is over!

So in the words of Lady Gaga,

just write...
gonna be okay
da da doo-doo-mmmm

(Well, they're close to her words.)

Happy Friday!


Andi said...

I aim to do just that :)
and I love Lady GaGa.

Melissa Hurst said...

I love that quote. It's so true. It's so hard to open that word document sometimes and start working, but after ten minutes or so the writing usually flows.

I have that song stuck in my head now;)

Travener said...

"A writers writes."
-- Billy Crystal, Throw Momma From the Train

Cassandra Frear said...

Great quote. Really! I'm tweeting it!

Linda G. said...

Yup. Sometimes you just have to do it, whether you think you can or not.

Jessica Ann Hill said...

That's a great quote! Thanks for sharing. :)

Have a fantastic weekend!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

First step - force butt into chair.

Kelley Vitollo said...

I have been bad all week. I need to sit down and write.

Little Ms J said...

I can't do the NaNo. It makes me competitive... with myself. Then I get all angsty and bitchy, someone loses a limb, children run screaming. It really is a mess.


Jessica L. Brooks (coffeelvnmom) said...

Andi - Hope you got a little done before hitting the hay so early! ;)

Melissa - So many of the quotes I come across remind me of the basics. Sitting down, writing no matter what else is going on, and then writing some more. (So much easier than it sounds at times.) And ha ha. I love when I get songs stuck in people's heads.=)

Travener - For those words of wisdom, I thank you. ;)

Cassandra and Jessica - Glad you liked it!

Linda - Yes, and boy is that hard to do when you're not in that mindset!

L. Diane - I like that!

Kelly - Me too. Used researched new WiP as excuse for not actually writing. This weekend and upcoming week though, I will make myself do it. Hope you are able to get some done too!

J - Totally feel ya. I didn't do it either. I hit maybe a few thousand words, never even registered (or whatever it is you do to get ready for Nov. 1st).

Rhapsody Phoenix said...

It is difficult and frustrating when you want to write and your mind is standing in at the gates of creativity with bars, chains and locks. The Key? As you say, Just write it matters not what, just write and sometimes miracles are birthed out of that simple act.

Thanks for sharing.
Stay blessed.

Elisabeth Black said...

Yes! Sometimes I need to journal, too, just blatantly and gracelessly get some of my funk out on a page, before I can turn to creativity.

Leonard Bernstein is A-OK.

Jessica L. Brooks (coffeelvnmom) said...

Rhapsody - I love how you say "sometimes miracles are birthed out of that simple act". That's a great way to put it, and so true! =)

Elisabeth - LOL yes he is, I agree. I tend to write a lot in journals too before going to the computer when I'm stuck, and if nothing else, I end up with something I may eventually be able to put to use -- even if it's only a sentence or two.