by Lillian Csernica on April 20, 2019
Once upon a time, I had the pleasure of meeting Roger Zelazny, author of The Chronicles of Amber and creator of Dilvish the Damned. I love his writing style. It’s dense and rich and such a pleasure, much like flourless chocolate cake.
Mr. Zelazny had a book signing scheduled at one of my favorite local indie bookstores. Quite a few people turned up. I was in line for an hour or so. I spent the time thinking over the one question I most wanted to ask this Grand Master.
At last my turn came. This is the question I asked:
“When you do your daily writing, what method to you use to reach your target?”
Mr. Zelazny put down his pen and mulled that over. His reply:
“I sit down at my desk four times, and each time I write at least three sentences.” He smiled. “Something usually catches fire.”
I have kept this in mind, especially on the days when the words just will not flow. Keep at it. This is not an all or nothing situation. If you have to take a break, walk away, drink more coffee, whatever, then do it. Then come back and try again.
Keep it up until the daily quota is met. You never know when something will catch fire.