Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Quotes of the Week

Not all those who wonder are lost.
—J.R.R. Tolkien

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
—George Orwell

Inspiration is hard to come by. You have to take it where you find it.
—Bob Dylan

Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly, sometimes it's like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.
—Ernest Hemingway

Writing is not about the voices in your head, but the voices that make the great leap to the page.
—J.H. Glaze

Write like it matters, and it will.
—Libba Bray

You're only given one little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.
—Robin Williams

If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.
—Stephen King

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Quotes of the Week

I don’t want to fade away, I want to flame away - I want my death to be an attraction, a spectacle, a mystery. A work of art.
—Jennifer Egan

Don't write with a pen. Ink tends to give the impression the words shouldn't be changed.
—Richard Hugo

I sweat blood to make my style simple and stripped bare.
—Margaret Mitchell

I am not responsible for the ideas and opinions that my characters express.
—William Faulkner

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
—Edith Wharton

Sometimes a flat-footed sentence is what serves, so you don’t get all writerly: “He opened the door.” There, it’s open.
—Amy Hempel

Work finally begins when the fear of doing nothing exceeds the fear of doing it badly.
—Alain de Botton

Dialogue has to create a life. It has to be self-sustaining. Conversation is definitely not dialogue.
—Sam Shepard

Talent is insignificant. I know a lot of talented ruins. Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but most of all, endurance.
—James Baldwin

Monday, February 25, 2019

Moving...

Posting is going to be thin for a bit.

The wife, cats and I are moving and selling the house. All my stuff will be in boxes for probably six months while we sell, buy and move. Well, not ALL my stuff.

Every author needs a few things at close hand:

  • Coffee pot
  • Computer
  • Cats

Please note that Pants did not make the list.

I am still on track for my writing goal of 1,000 words a day. February was not as good as January. This whole packing and moving thing got in the way.


March is back on track.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Writer's Research

I have a character in my next novel that loves cigars. I personally do not know Jack about them but enjoy one every so often. This infographic was a big help.


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Quotes of the Week

Show me a hero, and I'll write you a tragedy.
—F. Scott Fitzgerald

Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music. The world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.
—Henry Mancini

The notion of talent is quite irrelevant. I see instead perseverance, application... will, will, will, desire, desire, desire.
—Gordon Lish

Writing is hard work. A clear sentence is no accident. Very few sentences come out right the first time, or even the third time.
—William Zinsser

Writers write while dreamers procrastinate.
—Besa Kosova

The only thing worth writing about is the conflict in the human heart.
—William Faulkner

When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, ‘I am going to produce a work of art.’ I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.
—George Orwell

Words are sacred. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones, in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.
—Tom Stoppard

This is the extraordinary thing about creativity: If just you keep your mind resting against the subject in a friendly but persistent way, sooner or later you will get a reward from your unconscious.
—John Cleese


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Quotes of the Week

There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
—W. Somerset Maugham

Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.
—Larry L. King

The hardest part is believing in yourself at the notebook stage. It is like believing in dreams in the morning.
—Erica Jong

You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.
—William Faulkner

I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.
—Truman Capote

Substitute "damn" every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.
—Mark Twain

I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter.
—James Michener

I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter.
—James Michener

Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.
—Pablo Picasso

I write to be the characters that I am not.
—Joss Whedon

If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. It's the hard that makes it great.
—Tom Hanks



Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Quotes of the Week

I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
—Jack London

Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.
—John Steinbeck

Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.
—Stephen King

Make #writing a regular part of your daily routine…so that it feels more natural to write than not to.
—Jennifer Egan

Let's not go and ruin it by thinking too much.
—Clint Eastwood

The more successful the villain, the more successful the picture.
—ALFRED HITCHCOCK

If you know from whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations on where you can go.
—James Baldwin

The secret to editing your work is simple: you need to become its reader instead of its writer.
—Anna Deavere Smith

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
—Anton Chekhov

Friday, January 25, 2019

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Quotes of the Week

When all else fails write what your heart tells you.
—Mark Twain

Don't say it was “delightful”; make us say “delightful” when we’ve read the description.
—C.S. Lewis

I have rewritten, often several times, every word I have ever published. My pencils outlast their erasers.
—Vladimir Nabokov

But with writers, there's nothing wrong with melancholy. It's an important color in writing.
—Paul McCartney

Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say.
—Barbara Kingsolver

Just trust your own voice. And keep exploring the things that are interesting to you.
—Nikki Giovanni

Write hard and clear about what hurts.
—Ernest Hemingway

Making a decision to write was a lot like deciding to jump into a frozen lake.
—Maya Angelou

Making a decision to write was a lot like deciding to jump into a frozen lake.
—Maya Angelou

You're only given one little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.
—Robin Williams

I want to write, but more than that, I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried deep in my heart. 
—Anne Frank

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Quotes of the Week

Write hard and clear about what hurts.
—Ernest Hemingway

Making a decision to write was a lot like deciding to jump into a frozen lake.
—Maya Angelou

The best work that anybody ever writes is the work that is on the verge of embarrassing him, always.
—Arthur Miller

You're only given one little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.
—Robin Williams

I want to write, but more than that, I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried deep in my heart. 
—Anne Frank

You must write, and read, as if your life depended on it.
—Adrienne Rich

Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.
—Orson Welles

Dreaming in public is an important part of our job description.
—William Gibson

Talent is a good thing to have if you want to be a writer. But the only real requirement is the ability to remember every scar.
—Stephen King

I never reread a text until I have finished the first draft. Otherwise it’s too discouraging.
—Gore Vidal



Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Quotes of the Week

Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, you're doomed.
—Ray Bradbury

You’ve got to jump off the cliff all the time and build your wings on the way down.
— Ray Bradbury

A lot of people talk about writing. The secret is to write, not talk.
—Jackie Collins

Never confuse the size of your paycheck with the size of your talent.
—Marlon Brando

Writing a book is like telling a joke and having to wait two years to know whether or not it was funny.
—Alain de Botton

The highest duty of the writer, the composer, the artist, is to remain true to himself and let the chips fall where they may.
—John F. Kennedy

Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.
—Stephen Fry

I write seven days a week, starting at 4 o'clock in the morning, including Christmas.
—Dan Brown

A writer’s job is to imagine everything so personally that the fiction is as vivid as memories.
—John Irving

I can feel infinitely alive curled up on the sofa reading a book.
—Benedict Cumberbatch

Most of us find our own voices only after we’ve sounded like a lot of other people.
—Neil Gaiman

Friday, January 4, 2019

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Quote of the Week

You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.
—Ray Bradbury

I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter.
—James Michener

Writing is an occupation in which you have to keep proving your talent to those who have none.
—Jules Renard

Say what you mean. Say what you see. Make a photograph, if you can, for the reader.
—Stephen King

There is only one way to work—Like Hell.
—Bette Davis

When you’re speaking in the truest, most intimate voice about your life, you are speaking with the universal voice.
—Cheryl Strayed

Anytime anybody tells me the trend is such and such, I go the opposite direction.
—Clint Eastwood

The more subtle and elegant you are in hiding your plot points, the better you are as a writer.
—Billy Wilder

If a writer falls in love with you, you will never die.
—Unknown

There’s many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.
—Flannery O’Connor