This quote turned up on the login page of my writing workshop a couple of days ago, just in time for Christmas:
“A writer who waits for the ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.”
–E. B. White
So true, so true. Which reminds me, before I get to this post I have to make some Christmas cookies, wrap a few gifts, clean my house (Santa will never get past all those savage, fanged dust bunnies lying in wait for him under the couch, unless he’s packing some serious heat. By which I mean at least an Oreck XL Platinum Pro Series). Gotta take the dog to be groomed today, even though I’m the one more in need of grooming. Got some last-minute shopping, last-minute Christmas cards . . .
Who am I kidding? Pour me an eggnog—I need some inspiration here! As the quote says: conditions will never be ideal for writing, and I don’t want to die without making my mark. So make that Maker’s Mark in the eggnog, son. I need the extra . . . inspiration.
Sometimes I think about the fact that all the really good writers were drinkers. And then I wonder which comes first—the inspired writing or the heavy drinking? Then I worry that maybe I’m doing it wrong.
Make your mark.