Monday, March 30, 2009

Quote of the Week!

"The best time for planning a book is while you're doing the dishes."

~Agatha Christie

"I love being a writer. What I can't stand is the paperwork."

~Peter De Vries

To me, these two quotes have a lot in common--A writer never truly stops working.

As Agatha Christie's quote says, the best time for planning and plotting is when your mind isn't truly focused. Doing the dishes, dusting, vaccuming...all these mundane chores are a time of great creativity. Walking is good too. When you allow your mind to wander, you just never know where it's going to end up.

The second quote by De Vries made me laugh. I love to write. The act of putting words on a page, of allowing creativity free reign is an incredible feeling. But writing is probably about 30% actual writing and 70% paperwork--editing, rewriting, proofing, promoting, etc...

A writer is always working, even when it looks like all their doing is the dishes. It's a 24/7 profession, but I wouldn't chose any other job over it.

Have a great Monday and a wonderful week!


Charlene said...

Those are great quotes! Although I can't say I've ever worked out a plot washing dishes. *g*

Shelley Munro said...

Great post, NJ. I'm plotting a story at the moment and did the washing, the vacuuming and walked the dog today.