Naked Girl Wraps Up Bleeding and Drunk with Hemingway

January 15, 2012

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Hemingway: I love his writing and his evocative descriptions of the writing process. Ask any writer whether there is truth in these quotes.

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

 Here’s another favorite Hemingway quote of mine:

“Write drunk; edit sober.”

And another:

“The first draft of anything is shit.”

Writing is a process that can be rewarding and maddening at the same time. It is an isolating activity, but stepping outside of the solitude can be uplifting. Sometimes you just need to hear from another that you have talent or that you have something of value to share. There are many benefits, especially for writers who publish online, to social media communities.

I have hit bumps in the writing process, frustrated at the words that refused to cooperate with me each time I sat down to write. I have been angry with myself when I internally fought the inevitable: allowing a story to take hold within me and write about it. We all have moments of doubt as well. Fortunately there are others ready to help. My writing friends are a keystroke away on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+, ready to encourage me to keep going.

Being a part of a community.

It’s a powerful thing.

It can save a writer from herself when necessary.

A Wrap-Up of My Writing This Week

Last Thursday I was the Featured Writer for Studio30 Plus magazine. The inspiration for the piece I wrote, “To Writers: Never Give Up,” came from reading about one blogger’s frustration; he was considering shutting his blog down and stop writing. Please stop by the site this morning to read more. There’s a great conversation happening in the comment section.

Keeping with a theme of writers’ angst, I shared a piece with Write on Edge on Saturday that I wrote when I was coming out of a writing slump. It was a year ago and a reader/online friend lifted me up at the perfect moment. It is a testament to the power of community.

My Favorite Reading This Week

There’s a wonderful post on The Creative Penn: “7 Lessons for Writers from Leonardo Da Vinci.” It is creative and insightful. If you are not a writer, but a lover of art, you will appreciate her analysis of Da Vinci’s creative process. Hopefully any writers who follow the link will find some inspiration for their writing as well.

While the entire wrap-up this week has a writing theme, I have to share this unrelated post. Because I love baseball and want to antagonize football fans during the play-offs:

The Good Men Project published a piece yesterday that I love and agree with: “25 Reasons Why Baseball is Better Than Football.” I did watch the Saints game last night and must admit the last five minutes of that game was as exciting as baseball, but those moments are rare. I don’t dislike football. I understand the game, strategy behind it, and can watch and enjoy a game. Football simply can’t compare to the greatest professional sport. Let the hate mail commence.

My Internet Escapades This Week

There are lots of #FF we see on Twitter each Friday. I appreciate all of the shout outs and kind words, but this past Friday one really touched me. The #FF tweet simply made my day. This #FF was about me believing in him as a writer:

“#FF @NkdGirlinaDress Because she believes in me.”

Yes, I do. Perservere. Write consistently. You will succeed this year.

Enough from me. Go follow these links.

Happy Reading!

 

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Vinny C January 16, 2012 at 6:04 am

Loved the S30P post. Hit the nail on the head.

On a side note, that last Hemmingway quote explains a lot. I normally hit “Publish” for all my first drafts.
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Naked Girl in a Dress January 16, 2012 at 9:10 am

I am glad you enjoyed what I wrote for S30P! We all do have those moments and that is why community is essential for us.

Hemingway reference: you are funny Vinny. However, your writing is not shit!

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David January 16, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Perfect. Pappa Hemingway is my core – 101 of writing – go-to for writing and beyond. Could not agree with the “Write drunk; edit sober” more. Works for me everytime!

Enjoy the week!
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Naked Girl in a Dress January 17, 2012 at 8:53 am

Thanks David! Glad to know you are a fellow Hemingway fan. It makes me like you more.

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Phil South January 17, 2012 at 6:47 am

Excellent post. I love the pithy man o’the world quality of Hemingway’s quotes, but I don’t like the idea that people think they need to be drunk to write well. :) I know, it’s not the point, and don’t get the idea I’m one of those teetotal anti drinking nuts, because if you knew me you’d laugh at the very idea. No drinking? That’s crazy talk!

I think my quote would be, “drink all you want but don’t think you have to be off your face to be creative. Have a happy life, write, edit, drink lots or be sober, just not necessarily in any particular order.”

Just my 2p

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Naked Girl in a Dress January 17, 2012 at 8:52 am

Phil,

I agree. I have actually not written drunk; I think it would be a disaster (for me at least). I referenced this quote several months ago, stating this was figuratively and approach I needed to take. I was hung up on something related to writing and wasn’t writing as a result. Taking Hemingway’s advice, I just let go and typed, knowing I would edit the next day. The point was that I needed to write something, which was better than not writing.

Thanks for visiting and for the great comment; it made me laugh!

I dont’ know you so I am now heading to your site to check you out.

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Phil South January 17, 2012 at 9:42 am

Yeah I think like you I always took it to mean forge ahead no matter what and fix it in 2nd draft, but you will be unsurprised to hear how many people take it to mean get drunk to write, then spend all their time ass-faced and never amounting to anything.

Okay for some that is a general life strategy, but I have a notion that’s nothing to do with writing. :)
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Naked Girl in a Dress January 17, 2012 at 9:55 am

I actually knew someone who could only paint drunk.

Lance January 18, 2012 at 9:04 am

I need to stop lurking ( i look at your site every day) and start commenting more.

Good move doing guest posts, especially from dudes, but I enjoy your writing. Keep up the good work.
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Naked Girl in a Dress January 18, 2012 at 9:33 am

It’s good to know you lurk! I visit you and rarely comment. I should start commenting more as well.

I respect and admire you as a person, writer, and baseball fan so I am always appreciative of your comments. You are great Lance.

Thanks.

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