Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Quotes of the Week

Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
—Steven King

Happiness is pursuing work that sustains the spirit.
—Walt Disney

If history was taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.
—Rudyard Kipling

There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.
—Alfred Hitchcock

Sometimes good things fall apart, so better things can come together.
—Marilyn Monroe

The time to begin writing a story is when you have finished it to your satisfaction.
—Mark Twain

There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.
—J.K. Rowling

Anything that gets your blood raging is probably worth writing.
—Hunter Thompson

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

We all have time machines, don't we, those that take us back are memories...And those that carry us forward are dreams.
—H.G. Wells

Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in. Go a little bit out of your depth. And when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting.
—David Bowie

To gain your own voice, you have to forget about having it heard.
—Allen Ginsberg

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Tuesday Tips: Story Structure

I am a big plotter. I outline heavily. Outlining is where all my ideas come together into a story.

A story structure is like the skeleton of the story that you will then layer the guts and meat of the story. Each draft is another layer. Remember the early drafts? That's why they are not pretty and even a bit scary.

Try to add the clothes or skin to early and your story won't look right!


Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Quotes of the Week

I think it’s terribly dangerous for an artist to fulfill other people’s expectations.
—David Bowie

I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.
—Shannon Halen

No true artist will tolerate for one minute the world as it is.
—Friedrich Nietzsche

I don't try to guess what a million people will like. It's hard enough to know what I like.
—John Houston

Part of the process of #writing is not so much to explain your vision but to discover it. I think that’s what you do when you write: You find out what you think.
—Robert Towne

Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else’s.
—Billy Wilder

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
—Thomas Jefferson

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.
—Marilyn Monroe

There is more power in telling little than in telling all.
—Mark Rothko

That delete key is on your machine for a good reason.
—Stephen King

Monday, January 6, 2020

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Welcome to 2020

It's 2020 and still no flying cars, dammit.

2019 was a year of change and distraction. I sold my house, bought another, moved twice, and had surgery on my left hand. All hosed my writing.

Oh well, I guess I will just have to write a novel set in 2020 to make up for it.

The first novel I will release this year is SHADOWS OF THE SENTINEL. Bail the Cat will return in this one. All new characters otherwise and I expect a March release. I hope the final draft will go to the editor on January 31 to make the march release date.

My other novel I plan to release this year is TIME ENOUGH. A time travel novel set in 2020.

There will also be short stories, anthologies, and collections, as usual, that will likely sneak in there.

--Wish me luck!