Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Episode 4: Marketing Madness

In this episode, we talk about my least favorite aspect of being an author. Marketing.

I just noticed I even cursed in this installment without thinking. 
At least it wasn't an F-Bomb!


Quotes of the Week


It doesn't matter how many great book ideas you have in your head if you can't finish writing one.
—Joe Bunting

If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn't matter a damn how you write.
—W. Somerset Maugham

Remember we are mortal, but poetry is not.
—Patti Smith

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

The terrible thing about being a writer is that you don’t decide to become one, you discover that you are one.
—James Baldwin

You have to resign yourself to wasting lots of trees before you write anything really good. 
—J.K. Rowling

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

We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.  
—Ray Bradbury

Remember to get the weather in your damn book — weather is very important.
—Ernest Hemingway

 

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Tuesday Tips: Go on Vacation


I went on vacation last week. We rented a historic log cabin outside Ashville NC. It had a giant fieldstone fireplace and we had fires every morning and evening.

It refreshes my soul to get away. Go places I've never been. See new things.

On this trip, we went to the Biltmore Estate and gardens. Wow.

It was a real inspiration for writing...

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Quotes of the Week


 I can shake off everything if I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn. 
—Anne Frank

Good artists borrow, great artists steal
—Pablo Picasso

The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean.
—Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Being a real writer means being able to do the work on a bad day.
—Norman Mailer

Write. Then write some more. And never be afraid to revise, scrap, or take criticism. That's the only way to learn…
—Maria Konnikova

The worst enemy of creativity is self-doubt.
—Sylvia Plath

You fail only if you stop writing.
—Ray Bradbury

You can't blame a writer for what the characters say.
—Truman Capote

You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.
—George Bernard Shaw

Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.
—John Muir

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Tueday Tips: A writers Retreat

 Get your laptop and go, unplug, no internet, or news media. Write.



Wednesday, November 11, 2020

The Hourlings Podcast Project - E2 - Worldbuilding

Quotes of the Week

As a kid, you think you’re the only one who feels so strange, so out-of-kilter with what seems to be expected of you. Then, with luck, you meet your tribe, the other ones who grew up feeling just as weird, and that’s who I write about.
--Fernanda Eberstadt

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

Write even when you don't want to, don't much like what you are writing, and aren't writing particularly well.
—Agatha Christie

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
—Benjamin Franklin

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

The function of science fiction is not always to predict the future but sometimes to prevent it.
—Frank Herbert

I do not write with ease, nor am I ever pleased with anything I write. And so I rewrite.
—Margaret Mitchell

An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine, but because the people fail to see it.
—James A. Michener

I'm a writer and, therefore, automatically a suspicious character.
—Alfred Hitchcock

 

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Quotes of the Week


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

If you are not afraid of the voices inside you, you will not fear the critics outside you.
—Natalie Goldberg

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

Get your facts first then you may distort them as you please.
—Mark Twain

There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it's like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.
—Ernest Hemingway

Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.
—Pablo Picasso

No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.
—Robert Frost

Talent is extremely common. What is rare is the willingness to endure the life of the writer. 
—Kurt Vonnegut

I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.
—Stephen King

Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
—Cyrill Connolly