Every week my family gets together with my sister's family for dinner. We instituted this after my Mom died last year as a way to make sure that we all see each other regularly. It has been a wonderful thing, and we guard our Sunday Supper time zealously.
Last night at Sunday Supper, in between everyone taking bets on when the son-in-law would finally arrive on his long drive home from the army in Texas, my brother-in-law asked me if I'd read the latest Time magazine. When I said no, seeing as how I don't subscribe to Time, he said I absolutely had to read the interview with Elmore Leonard and found the magazine for me.
Besides marveling at the fact that Leonard has lived in Detroit since 1934, and still doesn't use a computer or email, the one thing my brother-in-law wanted to point out to me was when Leonard said this: "You've got to write every day."
Where have we heard that before? Why, perhaps right in these very posts.
I started off this morning intent on writing about the writing process. I'm not sure why, since I wrote about it fairly recently, hence the word "redux" in the title. (And even if I hadn't written about the writing process before I would have used that word, because, let's face it, redux is a great word.)
But then I started thinking about the Elmore Leonard article and his commandment to write every day. And then, after I pondered some more (the very strong coffee I'm drinking helped), I realized that I what I needed to write about today is the intersection of the writing process and writing every day. If I could draw a Venn diagram, it would be the place in the middle where the two circles meet.
Because writing every day, no matter what stage of the writing process you are in, is what makes your dreams happen. Whether you are writing a rough draft, or working on one of many rewrites, writing every day helps you to stay connected to your work, and keep the momentum going. Plus, it reminds you that you are a writer, which is easy to forget in this busy world. And I find that if I've done the most important thing first, ie, writing, that everything else falls into place.
So, writing every day + the writing process = finished products.
Now, here's the question of the day. In my search for an image of a Venn diagram, I found the above on Wikipedia. However, it has three circles, when my example only has two, the writing process and writing every day. So, say we named this Venn diagram The Writing Life, what would you name the third circle?