Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Quotes of the Week

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

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

When I get an idea for a song it would gel in my mind for weeks or months, and then one day just like that, I'll write it. 
—Johnny Cash

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

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
—Eleanor Roosevelt

Don't be seduced into thinking that that which does not make a profit is without value.
—Arthur Miller

Write one good clean sentence and put a period at the end of it. Then write another one. 
—M.F.K. Fisher

One must be ruthless with one’s own writing or someone else will be.
—John Berryman 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Quotes of the Week

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources. 
—Albert Einstein

One must be ruthless with one’s own writing or someone else will be.
—John Berryman

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

If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.
—Katherine Hepburn

The first person you should think of pleasing in writing a book is yourself. If you can amuse yourself for the length of time it takes to write a book, the publishers and the readers can and will come later.
—Patricia Highsmith

Nothing will stop you being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake.
—John Cleese

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.
—James Baldwin

The profession of book writing makes horse racing look like a solid, stable business.
—John Steinbeck

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

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Quotes of the Week

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

The profession of book writing makes horse racing look like a solid, stable business.
—John Steinbeck

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

Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts.
—Anne Lamott

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

Paper is more patient than man. 
—Anne Frank

The conscious mind is the editor, and the subconscious mind is the writer.
—Steve Martin

Women want love to be a novel, men a short story.
—Daphne Du Maurier

As far as I'm concerned, the entire reason for becoming a writer is not having to get up in the morning. 
—Neil Gaiman

Write for yourself and yourself alone. Don’t try to please anyone else, and don’t be afraid of anyone. 
—Sallie Tisdale

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Tuesday Tips: Live

I have said it before. That time and enjoy your life. Go see new things. Spend time with friends and family. It will make your writing better.

My sister lives in Costa Rica and she is currently visiting me. I get to hang with both my sisters today. I am writing this post before anyone else is awake in the house. Sipping coffee. Relaxing.

--Life is good.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Quotes of the Week

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

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

The most beautiful stories always start with wreckage.
—Jack London

When I face the desolate impossibility of writing five hundred pages, a sick sense of failure falls on me, and I know I can never do it. Then gradually, I write one page and then another. One day's work is all I can permit myself to contemplate. 
—John Steinbeck

My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living.
—Ana├»s Nin

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

Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun.
—Christina Rossetti

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Quotes of the Week

Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun.
—Christina Rossetti

The worse day writing is better then the best day at work.
-Martin Wilsey

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

Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too.
—Isabell Allende

Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can write anything good.
—William Faulkner

Learning how to be a good reader is what makes you a good writer. 
—Zadie Smith

I don't want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.  
—Carrie Fisher

Work every day. No matter what has happened the day or night before, get up and bite on the nail.
—Ernest Hemingway

If you did not write every day, the poisons would accumulate and you would begin to die, or act crazy or both – you must stay drunk on #writing so reality cannot destroy you.
—Ray Bradbury

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Images that Inspire

 


Quotes of the Week

Work every day. No matter what has happened the day or night before, get up and bite on the nail.
—Ernest Hemingway

If you did not write every day, the poisons would accumulate and you would begin to die, or act crazy or both – you must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.
—Ray Bradbury

The difference between life and the movies is that a script has to make sense, and life doesn’t.
—Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.
—Robert Bresson

Freedom is...the right to write the wrong words.
—Patti Smith

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

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

The most regretful people on earth, are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.
—Mary Olive

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.
—George RR Martin


Saturday, April 3, 2021

THPP E24 - Book Signings

 
--I love this episode because of the mistakes!

Coffee and Cartoons: Jonny Quest

 On Saturday Mornings I like to watch Cartoons while having coffee. I am currently enjoying the classic episodes of Jonny Quest on HBOMax. Those were the days!

--Big fun!

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Quotes of the Week

It's a folk singer's job to comfort disturbed people and to disturb comfortable people 
―Woody Guthrie

If your book doesn't keep you up nights writing it, it won't keep anyone up nights reading it.
—James A. Michener

The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.
—Mark Twain

Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.
—Louis L'Amour

There is no friend as loyal as a book.
—Ernest Hemingway

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

Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye.
—Dorothy Parker

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Quotes of the Week


Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye.
—Dorothy Parker

It is the function of art to conceal the difficulties of its execution.
—Susan Sontag

I write only when inspirations strikes. Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o'clock sharp.
—W. Somerset Maugham

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Quotes of the Week

Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye.
—Dorothy Parker

You are what you settle for.
—Janis Joplin

Write hard and clear about what hurts.
—Ernest Hemingway.

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

Don't be seduced into thinking that that which does not make a profit is without value.
—Arthur Miller

I write one page of masterpiece to ninety one pages of shit. I try to put the shit in the waste-basket.
—Ernest Hemingway

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

Once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end.
—Anton Chekhov

Writers are desperate people and when they stop being desperate they stop being writers.
—Charles Bukowski

It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all…people. 
—James Baldwin

The writer's job is to get the main character up a tree, and then once they are up there, throw rocks at them. 
—Vladimir Nabokov

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Tuesday Tips from PIXAR

These rules were originally tweeted by Emma Coates, Pixar’s Story Artist. Number 9 on the list - When you’re stuck, make a list of what wouldn’t happen next – is a great one and can apply to writers in all genres.

1.You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.

2.You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be very different.

3.Trying for theme is important, but you won’t see what the story is actually about til you’re at the end of it. Now rewrite.

4.Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___.

5.Simplify. Focus. Combine characters. Hop over detours. You’ll feel like you’re losing valuable stuff but it sets you free.

6.What is your character good at, comfortable with? Throw the polar opposite at them. Challenge them. How do they deal?

7.Come up with your ending before you figure out your middle. Seriously. Endings are hard, get yours working up front.

8.Finish your story, let go even if it’s not perfect. In an ideal world you have both, but move on. Do better next time.

9.When you’re stuck, make a list of what WOULDN’T happen next. Lots of times the material to get you unstuck will show up.

10.Pull apart the stories you like. What you like in them is a part of you; you’ve got to recognize it before you can use it.

11.Putting it on paper lets you start fixing it. If it stays in your head, a perfect idea, you’ll never share it with anyone.

12.Discount the 1st thing that comes to mind. And the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th – get the obvious out of the way. Surprise yourself.

13.Give your characters opinions. Passive/malleable might seem likable to you as you write, but it’s poison to the audience.

14.Why must you tell THIS story? What’s the belief burning within you that your story feeds off of? That’s the heart of it.

15.If you were your character, in this situation, how would you feel? Honesty lends credibility to unbelievable situations.

16.What are the stakes? Give us reason to root for the character. What happens if they don’t succeed? Stack the odds against.

17.No work is ever wasted. If it’s not working, let go and move on – it’ll come back around to be useful later.

18.You have to know yourself: the difference between doing your best & fussing. Story is testing, not refining.

19.Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of it are cheating.

20.Exercise: take the building blocks of a movie you dislike. How d’you rearrange them into what you DO like?

21.You gotta identify with your situation/characters, can’t just write ‘cool’. What would make YOU act that way?

22.What’s the essence of your story? Most economical telling of it? If you know that, you can build out from there.

Monday, March 15, 2021

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Quotes of the Week

Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely essential.
—Jessamyn West

Never make the mistake of assuming the audience is any less intelligent than you are. 
—Rod Serling

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

Go a little 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

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

Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.
—Ray Bradbury

You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
—Jack London

I don't want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.  
—Carrie Fisher

My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.
—Ernest Hemingway

A good #writer is basically a story teller, not a scholar or a redeemer of mankind.
—Isaac B. Singer

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Tuesday Tips: Take a Day

I usually try to post a tip for writers on Tuesdays. 

Today's tip is that every now and then, take the day off.

Sunny and 70 outside today.

--Today is that day...

Monday, March 8, 2021

Happy International Womans Day!

Dina Meyer
Today is International Woman's Day. 

I am going to get three yards of mulch as soon as I am done with this post, for my wife, Brenda, who is a woman and awesome. She loves mulching and her garden is beautiful. It will take 12 yards to cover it all and she won't have me spread so much as a handful. Doesn't even ask. She enjoys her garden that much. 

The novel I am currently working on is called The Law of Lumina. My main character is Sec Chief Emma Boone. She is the small-town chief of the police on a space station that turns out to be more than it seems. As I write I base all my characters on real people so I can visualize them better. The protagonist of the book is based on the actress Dina Meyer. We have the same birthday! I have even met her in person. She is super nice.

--So to my wife Brenda, Dina Meyer and all the women I know: Enjoy today and every day.

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Where do you find Inspiration?

When I was a kid my favorite show on TV was Jonny Quest.

As an adult, when I started writing Science Fiction I now realize I took a lot of inspiration from things I saw on the show. I am currently watching the show again on Saturday mornings on HBOmax.

--Coffee and Cartoons!

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Quotes of the Week

Any form of human creativity is a process of doing it and getting better at it. You become a writer by writing. There is no other way. 
—Margaret Atwood

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

Don’t get it right, just get it written.
—James Thurber

Have regrets. They are fuel. On the page they flare into desire.
—Geoff Dyer

Why say “very beautiful”? “Beautiful” is enough.
—James Joyce

It is the function of art to conceal the difficulties of its execution.
—Susan Sontag

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

Cheap paper is less perishable than gray matter and lead pencil markings endure longer than memory. Keep a notebook. Travel with it, eat with it, sleep with it.
—Jack London

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Quotes of the Week

Cheap paper is less perishable than gray matter and lead pencil markings endure longer than memory. Keep a notebook. Travel with it, eat with it, sleep with it.
—Jack London

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

Only bad writers think that their work is really good.
—Anne Enright

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

A word aptly uttered or written cannot be cut away by an axe.
—Nikolai Gogol

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

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

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

Your writing is never as good as you hoped; but never as bad as you feared.
—Bertrand Russell

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
—George Bernard Shaw

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Chuck Palahniuk’s 13 Writing Tips

Here are 13 Tips from Chuck Palahniuk
  1. Set a timer: “When you don’t want to write, set an egg timer for one hour (or half-hour) and sit down to write until the timer rings. If you still hate writing, you’re free in an hour. But usually, by the time that alarm rings, you’ll be so involved in your work, enjoying it so much, you’ll keep going.”
  2. Don’t be afraid to experiment: “Your audience is smarter than you imagine. Don’t be afraid to experiment with story forms and time shifts.”
  3. Mull it over: “Before you sit down to write a scene, mull it over in your mind and know the purpose of that scene. What earlier set-ups will this scene pay off? What will it set up for later scenes? How will this scene further your plot?”
  4. Be surprised: “Surprise yourself. If you can bring the story – or let it bring you – to a place that amazes you, then you can surprise your reader.”
  5. Go back: “When you get stuck, go back and read your earlier scenes, looking for dropped characters or details that you can resurrect as ‘buried guns’.”
  6. Spend time with people: “Use writing as your excuse to throw a party each week – even if you call that party a “workshop.” Any time you can spend time among other people who value and support writing, that will balance those hours you spend alone, writing.”
  7. Not knowing is okay: “The longer you can allow a story to take shape, the better that final shape will be. Don’t rush or force the ending of a story or book.”
  8. You’re in charge: “If you need more freedom around the story, draft to draft, change the character names…Or worse, delete a character, if that’s what the story really needs.”
  9. Use different types of speech: “The three types are: Descriptive, Instructive, and Expressive. Descriptive: “The sun rose high…” Instructive: “Walk, don’t run…” Expressive: “Ouch!” Most fiction writers will only use one – at most, two – of these forms. So use all three. Mix them up. It’s how people talk.”
  10. Like what you write: “Write the book you want to read.”
  11. Get photographed when you’re young: “Get author book jacket photos taken now, while you’re young.”
  12. Write about upsetting things: “Write about the issues that really upset you. Those are the only things worth writing about.”
  13. Don’t give up.
--I Love number Six.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Monday Musing

It’s Monday again in Marty’s World. 

The Coffee is very good today. The magical mystery kind of coffee that is excellent for no reason I can think of. Maybe it's because I slept so well. Maybe I am what's different and it tastes better because I am tasting it better.

I love sneaking out of bed before dawn and feeding the cats so they won't bother Brenda with anything but love and warmth as she sleeps in.

My coffee is consumed in my den as I listen to music I love. I also look at beautiful photography and art as I soak in the java. Images that inspire me.

As the sun comes up, the birds outside my window feast in my feeders. In the winter the sun comes directly into my den. The snow makes it brighter still. It's a kind of Stonehenge light. Ancient in some way.

On Mondays, after I have fed my soul a bit with music and art, I open my calendar and plan my week. Some weeks this is a bad idea. But on those weeks I will then open the traffic report and my good humor returns because traffic is no longer a concern and it triggers a Pavlovian counting of my many blessings.  The writing begins.

I usually start by blogging for an hour. Scheduling posts. Select the image that inspired my writing last week. I paste in the writer's quotes I have collected in my wanderings over the last week and a short Scifi film I liked. Maybe make a new comic. This week I will finish a new short story titled, THE TWO DAVES, and a back cover blurb for my next published novel.

Then I will go make something out of wood.

--I'm still counting my blessings. She's awake now...


Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Quotes of the Week

I have found that a story leaves a deeper impression when it is impossible to tell which side the author is on.
—Leo Tolstoy

There is no friend as loyal as a book.
—Ernest Hemingway

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

I would think, 'not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.' So finally I would write one true sentence, and then go on... 
—Ernest Hemingway

Begin with something interesting rather than beginning with something boring; begin with action rather than beginning with background information; speak about the characters after they have appeared rather than having them appear after having spoken about them.
—Alexandre Dumas

We need stories to understand ourselves. We’re the only creature that does this unusual thing of telling each other stories in order to understand the kind of creature we are. 
—Salman Rushdie

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

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