It’s In the Doing – by Paul J. Stam

Second ImageI am baffled by the amount of complaining that swamps the Internet about how hard it is to write. So much that I wonder why people bother to write. There is a plethora of articles such as: Dealing With Writer’s Block, and The Demon of Procrastination etc.

Procrastination I understand; it is doing what you want to do rather than something you think you must do. But writing is something I want to do, love to do, and so the things I procrastinate at are such things as paying bills, or making, or keeping, doctors’ appointments.

To be very honest with you I have never had writer’s block, whatever it may be, unless it is responsibilities that keep me from doing what I love to do. Right now I’m working on two novels; one is Second Image which is in the final edits (so much so that I even made a tentative cover for it) and the other is an unnamed apocalyptic novel in the 1st draft.  The only thing that blocks me from working on one or the other of them is an obligation of some kind, or another love which has come into my life recently, and that is ceramics.


Study in tan

In the past 5 years working with clay has become a passion almost as intense as writing. That may be because I can see the finished results that much sooner. It takes me 2-3 years to write a novel with minimum of at least another year before it sees print.

Dancer 2

Dancer 2

Blue Lady

Blue Lady

On the other hand it takes only a month from the time I start on a figurine, platter, bowl or coffee mug until it is finished including the making of it, bisque-firing, glazing and final high-firing. My small ceramic items sell for about $16.00, which is about what my books sell for.  Some of my larger sculptures have sold for as much as $150.00.

I think all humans are in a hurry; impatient for the end result. We want it finished now. Because I can see something finished in clay so quickly I tend to want to spend more time in the studio. As it is now I limit myself to 3 to 4 hours in the studio Monday thru Thursday and that leaves me evenings and Friday, Saturday and Sunday for my writing.

However, and I can’t say this emphatically enough! The pleasure, the joy, the delight, whatever you want to call it, with a book or a piece of clay does not come in the selling, but in the creating with words or with clay. We all want to be liked and complimented by our friends, but the fact that some stranger will buy one of my items, be it of clay or words on paper, is only validation that I did fairly good work.    

It is in the doing, not in the compliment of some stranger buying an item, that one is rewarded.

May all the compliments you receive be sincere and Aloha-pjs/


S&FL FrntIn the paper department I have signed a contract for another novel with Indigo Sea Press. The title is, A Short and Futile Life. Have no idea when it will be released, but you can bet your sweet boots I’ll let you know when I know.

It is a near future novel about life in the United States when most, if not all, the personal rights stated and the Bill of Rights have been revoked for the good of the whole.


Final MSS Cover frontMurder Sets Sail is available from Second Wind Publishing and on Amazon. Kindle editions is only $4.99.

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The Telephone Killer published by 2nd Wind Publishing is available on Amazon and from the publisher. Kindle and Nook versions just $4.99.

To watch The Telephone Killer video click here.

The Telephone Killer is now also available as an audiobook.

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4 responses to “It’s In the Doing – by Paul J. Stam

  1. I agree, Paul. The biggest reward for me in creating something is in the actual creating process. Well said.

  2. I agree completely, but to a non-writer I can see how it can be a problem.
    Being a writer is an obsession and not a decision. My problem with writing is that I often resent “real life” infringing on me writing time.
    H.V. Purvis
    Author of the Extinction series, Death in a Small Town and Shadow Knight: Dark Justice.

  3. I disagree that writing is an obsession. For me it’s all about choice. When I chose to enjoy the creative process, freeing myself from my “obsession” with publication—letting go of my fear of the rejection letter and seeking validation in acceptance—I became a writer.

    Too many writers complain about not having time to write. Like anything we enjoy, we find, even make, time for it. Like an exercise routine, when we miss a session, it pains us because it’s something we crave.

    As for writers block, I think that’s something we create or manifest the result of procrastination. Over the years I’ve learned a few tricks to overcome procrastination.

    If a blank page is intimidating, don’t end a writing session at the end of a scene or chapter. I’ve found that ending a session in the middle of an action sequence or piece of dialogue leaves me anxious for the start of my next session.

    Finishing a chapter and pushing on to the next one before calling it day, even if it’s just a paragraph or two, has the same effect.

    Rereading or revising what I wrote the previous day also makes it easier for me to crank up the creative energy.

    Blaming writers block is nothing but an excuse—“I don’t feel like exercising today, so I’ll do it tomorrow.” Tomorrow rolls around and we repeat the mantra until we have weeks, months and years of yesterdays unlived.

    To write or not write is merely a choice.

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