Wednesday, July 22, 2020
A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children isn't a good children's story in the slightest.
Fairy tales are more than true not because they tell us that dragons exist but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.
—G. K. Chesterton
The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading. In order to write; a man will have to turn over half a library to make one book.
If a nation loses its storytellers, it loses its childhood.
Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule.
If you feel safe in the area you’re working in, you’re not working in the right area.
The beautiful part of writing is that you don't have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon.
Sometimes the most beautiful note, is the silence between the notes.
I don't try to guess what a million people will like. It's hard enough to know what I like.
When you write—explode—fly apart – disintegrate! Then give time enough to think, cut, rework, and rewrite.
Monday, July 20, 2020
Sunday, July 19, 2020
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Talent is extremely common. What is rare is the willingness to endure the life of the writer.
Let the readers do some of the work themselves.
Everybody is a Genius. But If You Judge a Fish by Its Ability to Climb a Tree, It Will Live Its Whole Life Believing that It is Stupid.
Friday, July 10, 2020
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.
My advice is not to wait to be struck by an idea. If you’re a writer, you sit down and damn well decide to have an idea.
Whatever you describe to another person is also a revelation of who you are and who you think you are. You cannot describe anything without betraying your point of view, your aspirations, your fears, your hopes. Everything.
Never treat your audience as customers, always as partners.
If your book doesn't keep you up nights writing it, it won't keep anyone up nights reading it.
—James A. Michener
I write only when inspirations strikes. Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o'clock sharp.
—W. Somerset Maugham
We who tell stories should be modest about the job, and not assume that because the reader is interested in the story, they’re interested in who’s telling it. A storyteller should be invisible, as far as I’m concerned.
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Monday, July 6, 2020
“Please don’t go.” She leaned her forehead on the nape of his neck. It was the most intimate moment he had ever experienced. His whole life had been violence and pain and death.
This hurt more than all of it.
“I must go. It is my final task. Live or die. The High Vestal must know the truth. I cannot do otherwise. I am finished hiding from the Queen. I am finished hiding from the truth, only to discover death hides from me.”
“They will try to stop you.”
“They will try."
--The novella is $.99 in Kindle and $4.80 for the Audio Edition (101 minutes!)
Saturday, July 4, 2020
I have fallen into a new writing routine.
Instead of morning writing until lunch I am doing projects first thing to beat the heat. That is great for projects, but afternoon writing is not my best time.
I can still crank out a chapter but I miss the coffee. I don't want to make and drink a second pot a day so on Monday I will wait until noon to make a pot of coffee and see how that works.
--At least it's not 100 degrees in my den...
Thursday, July 2, 2020
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
I write to find what I have to say. I edit to figure out how to say it right.
Writing is a socially acceptable form of getting naked in public.
Maybe the hardest thing in writing is simply to tell the truth about things as we see them.
I only lie when I have to, but I have to a lot.
—Mark Twain (from Huckleberry Finn)
Write hard and clear about what hurts.
You must write. It’s not enough to start by thinking. You become a writer by writing.
Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.