Monday, May 25, 2020

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Quotes of the Week

Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down.
—John Steinbeck

Great dialogue has transparency. Something is being said while something else is being felt.
—Robert McKee

The easiest thing to do on earth is not write.
—Willaim Goldman

As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand.
—Ernest Hemingway

If you want to fly, you have to give up the shit that weighs you down.
—Toni Morrison

There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in.
—Leonard Cohen

Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
—E. L. Doctorow

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.
—Friedrich Nietzsche

It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.
–C. J. Cherryh

Marry somebody you love and who thinks you being a writer's a good idea.
—Richard Ford

There is no great writing, only great rewriting.
—Justice Brandeis

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Quotes of the Week

I think it’s terribly dangerous for an artist to fulfill other people’s expectations. They generally produce their worst work when they do that.
—David Bowie

Never treat your audience as customers, always as partners.
—Jimmy Stewart

Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with.
—Henry David Thoreau

The difference between the almost right word and the right word is … the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.
—Mark Twain

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

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

You fail only if you stop writing.
—Ray Bradbury

When asked, "How do you write?" I invariable answer, "One word at a time."
—Stephen King

A one-page breakthrough can start an avalanche.
—Nancy K. Haddock

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Quotes of the Week

Welcome to 2020
What people are ashamed of usually makes a good story.
——F. Scott Fitzgerald

I put a coma in this morning, took it out this afternoon.
—Oscar Wilde

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

Maybe the hardest thing in writing is simply to tell the truth about things as we see them.
—John Steinbeck

The first draft of anything is shit.
—Ernest Hemingway

Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.
—Virginia Woolf

Not a wasted word. This has been a main point to my literary thinking all my life.
—Hunter S. Thompson

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

If anybody has a job and starts at 9, there's no reason why they can't get up at 4:30 or five and write for a couple of hours, and give their employers their second-best effort of the day—which is what I did.
—Mary Oliver

When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, leap.
—Cynthia Heimel

Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. Just do it and the confidence will follow.
—Carrie Fisher

Saturday, May 2, 2020

COVID Closures

My favorite used book store has fallen victim to the COVID pandemic state-mandated closures. I loved this place. I had my very first book-signing event there. It has been in old town Manassas as long as I have lived in Virginia. I am equal parts sad and angry about this.


--Goodbye, Prospero's. I will miss you big time.