Writer’s Cyber Salon
Today, I found two quotes with two different views on handling ideas for writing.
“Write while the heat is in you. … The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with.” —Henry David Thoreau
“You don’t actually have to write anything until you’ve thought it out. This is an enormous relief, and you can sit there searching for the point at which the story becomes a toboggan and starts to slide.”
—Marie de Nervaud
Upon reflection, I understand both quotes. Sometimes, usually with writing poetry, I have to write the words as soon as they come to me, or they are lost. But, when it comes to stories, I tend to think of them, the situation, the characters for a long time. Sometimes too long.
So, do either, or both, of these quotes apply to your writing?