Alphabet Soup

Writing is...
Believing in yourself
Character building
Dog drool on all the windows you don't wash
Gazing out the window
Hash for dinner...again
Jumping for joy at The End
Keeping the fire in your belly through the muddy middle
Music to write by
Notebooks filled with bits of this and pieces of that
Opening your mind
Quiet time
Talking to yourself
Upping the stakes
Visualizing the outcome
X-rated curse words when your writing sucks
You and your muse
Zooming in the zone


This sounds like me Carol, altho i am trying to tame the curse words the toddler copies me totally, cant have a potty mouth toddler running around.
Joanne said…
Great list. One of my favorites is being in the "zone." Really, is there anything else like it?
Mason Canyon said…
You're amazing. Love the alphabet soup - both intriguing and inspiring.

Thoughts in Progress
Lydia Kang said…
Love this! You are so creative!
Carol Kilgore said…
Joanna - I hear you. I don't have to worry about the dogs picking up my choice words.

Joanne - The Zone is wonderful!

Mason - Glad you like it.

Lydia - I'm just a writer.
Well done, Carol! The alphabet is such a useful tool, isn't it? Thanks for the soup on this wet day here on the west coast.
KarenG said…
You are so clever! This is awesome.
Talli Roland said…
Love the 'dog drool'! Hilarious. Carol!
Carol Kilgore said…
Elspeth - Whatever would we do without all those wonderful letters to play with?

Karen - Thanks :)

Talli - It's pretty nasty looking stuff.
Holly Ruggiero said…
That was a great poem!
Teresa aka JW said…
Carol, What a great list and I'm in agreement. :)
Excellent list! Now everybody sing.
Carol Kilgore said…
Holly - Thanks.

Teresa - Only another writer could understand.

Alex - LOL! do-re-mi
Clarissa Draper said…
Your list is bang on!

Carol Kilgore said…
Terry - Yea!!!

Clarissa - Thanks :)
Anonymous said…
You write the most amazing lists. This one is perfect!!!
I love this fun list, with lots of gems!
Carol Kilgore said…
Ann - Thanks for such kind words.

Conda - I'm glad you enjoyed reading it.
VR Barkowski said…
Great list, Carol! Personally, I'm trying to ease off on the talking to myself. It makes the cats (who lick the windows rather than drool) nervous.
notesfromnadir said…
Thanks for this list -- I think you've covered it all!

Talking to yourself is OK, but the talking to yourself could also be the second R, reading your work back to yourself.

Also, for non-dog owners, I can also deal w/ your definition as most writers don't have time to wash windows!
Claudia said…
Hi Carol,
Hmmm, yum! I like this alphabet soup. Thanks!
Carol Kilgore said…
VR - Perfectly understandable :)

Lisa - So true. And when the drool mixes with the dust and grime...totally gross - LOL.

Claudia - Cool :)
Jennifer Shirk said…
Ha! That's great. (And so accurate) :)
Carol Kilgore said…
Jennifer - Personal research :)
Linda Kage said…
How fun. I love your D answer. Okay, I love your whole alphabet. You're so creative.
Carol Kilgore said…
Linda - My muse made me do it. Really.
Laura Eno said…
That is a great list!
Wow, that's a great list! And so true!
Carol Kilgore said…
I'm glad you enjoyed it.