Tuesday, December 28, 2021
It’s that time of year when I look back and do the year in review.
I accomplished a lot of stuff this year. More in some areas than I expected and less in others.
- I produced 2 audiobooks.
- I wrote 3 novels.
- I published 1 book (another is only weeks away).
- I wrote 6 short stories.
- I lost 30 pounds (gained 20 back in the last month during the holidays).
- I traveled A LOT more. (I even visited both my adult children finally).
- I went camping several times, even solo.
- I built things that made my home more excellent.
- I helped several fellow authors publish.
- I continued my weekly podcast on YouTube.
- I read 81 books. (paper, kindle, and audio)
- I took Tai Chi and Guitar Classes.
- I had my first Book Signing in 18 months.
- I listened to music I love every day.
- I made new friends.
- I donated Blood 4 times.
- I planted many trees.
- I said "I Love You" at least a thousand times.
--I'll call this year a win.
Saturday, December 18, 2021
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Monday, December 6, 2021
Wednesday, December 1, 2021
A writer always thinks the last version of his novel is best, until he reads it again.
Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader's.
Don't be a writer. Be writing.
When asked to whom a writer should provide servitude (critics, editors, publishers, the public, etc.), Jack London replied: "Beauty is the only master to serve."
The time to begin writing a story is when you have finished it to your satisfaction. By that time you begin to clearly and logically perceive what it is that you really want to say.
Remember to get the weather in your damn book — weather is very important.
If your book doesn't keep you up nights writing it, it won't keep anyone up nights reading it.
—James A. Michener
The work is hard, the perks are few, the pay is terrible, and the product, when it’s finally finished, is pure joy.
—Mary Lee Settle
The more you read, the more you will write. The better the stuff you read, the better the stuff you will write.
Monday, November 29, 2021
Saturday, November 27, 2021
Friday, November 26, 2021
Thursday, November 25, 2021
Saturday, November 20, 2021
Friday, November 12, 2021
Saturday, November 6, 2021
Friday, November 5, 2021
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Saturday, October 30, 2021
Friday, October 29, 2021
Monday, October 25, 2021
Saturday, October 23, 2021
Friday, October 22, 2021
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Don't be a writer. Be writing.
The cat sat on the mat is not a story. The cat sat on the other cat's mat is a story.
—John le Carré
Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
The mere habit of writing, of constantly keeping at it, of never giving up, ultimately teaches you how to write.
Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
Work finally begins when the fear of doing nothing exceeds the fear of doing it badly.
—Alain de Botton
Let the readers do some of the work themselves.
Monday, October 18, 2021
Saturday, October 16, 2021
Friday, October 15, 2021
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
The idea of just wandering off to a cafe with a notebook and writing and seeing where that takes me is just bliss.
I try to pull the language into such a sharpness that it jumps off the page…. It must look easy, but it takes me forever.
Sing your song. Dance your dance. Tell your tale. Inspire them.
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Friday, October 8, 2021
Thursday, October 7, 2021
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write.
You need that conviction that you are brilliant, this is the greatest idea that anybody has ever had, and that by writing it you will set the world on fire.
All drama is conflict. Without conflict, there is no action. Without action, there is no character. Without character, there is no story. And without story, there is no screenplay.
The only thing that makes one an artist is making art. And that requires the precise opposite of hanging out; a deeply lonely and unglamorous task of tolerating oneself long enough to push something out.
The worst enemy of creativity is self-doubt.
Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
Never treat your audience as customers, always as partners.
Monday, October 4, 2021
Saturday, October 2, 2021
Friday, October 1, 2021
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
The trouble with fiction is that it makes too much sense, whereas reality never makes sense.
Write one good clean sentence and put a period at the end of it. Then write another one.
One must be ruthless with one’s own writing or someone else will be.
There’s no such thing as writer’s block. That was invented by people in California who couldn’t write.
Maybe the hardest thing in writing is simply to tell the truth about things as we see them.
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.
Style is a very simple matter; it is all rhythm. Once you get that, you can’t use the wrong words.
Anytime you write something, you go through so many phases...“I'm a Fraud' phase.” ...“I'll Never Finish” phase. And...once in a while you think, “What if I actually have created what I set out to create, and it's received as such?”
Monday, September 27, 2021
Saturday, September 25, 2021
Friday, September 24, 2021
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.
Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.
The hardest thing when you think about focusing. You think focusing is about saying "Yes." No. Focusing is about saying "No." And when you say "No," you piss off people.
We do what we must, and call it by the best names.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
Household tasks are easier and quicker when they are done by somebody else.
Remember, no matter where you go, there you are.
--Earl Mac Rauch
Sanity is a madness put to good use.
Don't live in a town where there are no doctors.
Monday, September 20, 2021
Saturday, September 18, 2021
Monday, September 13, 2021
Saturday, September 11, 2021
Thursday, September 9, 2021
Wednesday, September 8, 2021
You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance.
There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they'll take you.
Start writing. I don't mean to sound dismissive, but START WRITING. There is NO SUCH THING as "too late" in the arts.
Don't be a writer. Be writing.
You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
Posted by Marty at 7:22 AM