Ciao, amici! How was your week? I’m sorry to say mine was less than productive. I seem to have hit that mid-winter wall where doing anything requiring more effort than pouring a cup of coffee doesn’t seem worth it.
In fact, there are days I even wonder whether I should make coffee. Shocking, right?
Never fear; the coffee is always made. Some things just can’t be skipped. For example, laundry? That can be skipped. Or at least, ignored. I know because I didn’t do it this week. But coffee? That’s mandatory.
For those of you following my coffee bean saga, I still haven’t gotten any. And Lent is coming, so if I don’t get them soon, I won’t be eating them for a while. My son is still clueless, so I’m guessing it’s just not going to happen. He did, however, surprise me with an iced coffee today. IHOP makes it a little sweeter than I like, but it was sweet of him to think of me. (The CCCBs would have been better, but I’m not going to complain.)
This week, I dropped a quick post about Mark Twain. Because of that, I decided this week’s quote won’t be so much about my week but rather one of my favorite writing quotes of all time, which just so happens to have been by Twain. (If I’ve used it before, I’m sorry, but it’s so good, it bears repeating.)
The difference between the almost right word
and the right word is really a large matter.
’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.
I love this quote. I’ve always loved this quote. It was one of the first writing quotes I ever heard, and it resonated with me. To this day, I’m always excited when I come up with that perfect way to say something. And then I think of this quote, and I smile, feeling that particular thrill. You know the one. Experienced writers become jaded and forget that feeling sometimes, but new writers get it. That moment when your God-given talent and hard-learned skill combine in a synergy that creates something so much more than what you set out to do. It’s transcendent. And often—but not always—elusive.
It’s no wonder I’ve been dragging my feet this week. This month. I haven’t felt that in a while. But I’m going to attack my writing today in the hopes of writing that one passage, one sentence, one word that’s… lightning.
What about you?
And now, this week’s writing links:
Posts by me, about my work, or at sites I contribute to:
- Grow with Self-Publishing | P.H. Solomon
- Are You Distracted? | Joan Hall
- Surprise! Case Study | C.S. Boyack
Posts by others in the industry:
- Sequels (of scenes and sequels) | K.M. Allan
- Writing through Depression | Re:Fiction
- 5 Common Cover Design Mistakes | Written Word Media
- Literary Crisis | The Write Practice
- Using All the Senses | BookBaby
- Clean Up Your Dirty Links | WordyNerdBird
- Goals • Motivations • Conflicts | Fiction University
- Ultimate Manifesto to Getting Book Reviews | Archangel Link
- How to Write a Page-Turner | Fiction University
- Beginnings: Setup or More? | Fiction University
- Fantasy Armies and World-Building | Legends of Windemere
- Guest Posts as Marketing | Standout Books
- Boost Reader Engagement | BookBub
And when you’re done with these links, don’t forget to check out the sidebar, where you’ll find more links to some of my favorite sites.
Have a great week! Arrivederci!