Write the Hell Outta That Book

My mom always said I was willing to put my opinions out there. (Got me in trouble more than once.) And I’m doing it again.

I really believe that you need to push your characters into the places that make *you* uncomfortable, otherwise you’re holding back, and that shows. Basically, if I’m gonna take the time and effort and sacrifice to write a book, I’m gonna write the hell out of it. I mean, what’s there to fear? That someone won’t like it? That’s going to happen anyway. So why not push into the really hard places, stretch yourself, challenge your characters?

No one sits down at their computer and says, “Today, I’m going to write a mediocre book.” That’s chicken shit. And you know which scenes are half-assed. You write them and think, Well, glad that’s done, when you should be thinking, Oh, hell yeah! Take that, bitches! Write the Hell Outta That BookEvery word must count. Every sentence should be full of tension. If they don’t, get out your red Bic and stabbity-stab-stab. Stab the words that don’t serve more than one purpose. Stab the characters who are just being, rather than doing, acting, suffering, loving. And, with the greatest ferocity, stab yourself in the heart. If you can’t do that, shut off the computer and go get a sandwich.

  • I think I just cried a little. 😉

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Aww. Now quit yer whimpering and get to writing! LOL

  • YEAH! What she said.

    Meanwhile, my mom told me not to make waves and keep my opinions to myself. I was never that great at obeying anyway.

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      It made my dad crazy, but I know he secretly liked that I was opinionated and feisty. My mom encouraged it. (Probably to make my dad a little crazier, now that I think about it.)

  • Clue: a photo in the UCLA newspaper? Love ya, Mom

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Are you implying that I’m *subversive*? Me?!

  • Yesss. I’ll go stabity-stab-stab right now!! Monica, have you ever thought about writing motivational speeches? 🙂

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Yes, but I think the violence would be frowned upon. ;P