Friday, March 26, 2010

Rap Lyrics I love (no, seriously!)...

My oldest son, Connor, introduced me to a new song by Fort Minor the other day. I usually play along - sometimes I like the song, sometimes not. But rarely do I enjoy the actual lyrics. I must admit though, that this one is totally stuck in my head. I was sitting at a red light this morning singing along, and realized that the bass coming from my car was attracting attention. Oops. I promptly turned it down and donned my sunglasses.

The song is "Remember the Name" by Fort Minor. The chorus:

10% luck, 20% skill, 15% concentrated power of will. 5% pleasure, 50% pain. And 100% reason to remember the name.

I love this! And so true about anything in life worth fighting for. I've come up with a revised version for us writers:

5% luck, 50% skill, 20% concentrated power of will. 10% timing, 15% pain. And 100% reason to remember the name. Yes, I took out the pleasure. There are those writers who might say the writing IS the pleasure.

B.S. The pleasure comes from the recognition, the contracts, the publishing credits, the by lines. Am I right?


  1. Sometimes the pleasure results from the process and the final product whether it is published or not. I wrote an impromptu poem about my brother to be silly as a response to a fellow writer who was wishing for a brother, and it turned out to be good.

  2. Okay, Okay. I'll give you that one. We write because we love to write, but also because we MUST! What was the quote about bleeding from the forehead? : ) I do get pleasure from a very well-crafted sentence within a story that I just know is good. When the words stand out, speak to you, give you goosebumps - make you (the reader) really feel something. There is definitely pleasure in that. But, oh, the pain of getting there!!