On Writing

April 25th, 2016 by

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“Don’t be afraid to start. And more importantly, don’t be afraid to finish.”

— Chris Sparling

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On Writing

April 18th, 2016 by

Typewriter“Sneaking up on it sometimes helps: I’ve found I can be very productive for an hour before dinner, because there obviously isn’t enough time to really do anything, so I can tell myself I’m just screwing around.”

— Michael Crichton

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On Writing

April 11th, 2016 by

Typewriter“Before I write the lead of a piece, I think the hardest part is how to begin. Then, once I have that done, I think the hardest part is the section that comes right after the lead. Then, of course, the ending. In other words, it’s all hard, just sequentially.”

— Susan Orlean

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On Writing

April 4th, 2016 by

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“Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away from it, even the people who are most important to you.”

— Zadie Smith

On Writing

March 28th, 2016 by

TypewriterThe bigger the word, the less emotion it conveys.

Avoid exclamation points!  Really!! Because they’re distracting!! Almost as much as CAPITALIZING THINGS!!!

Make sure that each scene gives us new information, rather than rehashing things we already know. Never tell us the same fact twice. Because it’s boring and stops the flow of the story. Never tell us the same fact twice. Because it’s boring and stops the flow of the story.

If the reader doesn’t know there’s intrigue a foot, there is no intrigue afoot.

Scenery without subtext is a travelogue.

Everything must be earned.  In story, there’s no such thing as a free lunch – unless, of course, it’s poisoned. Think Snow White. In other words, if it’s free, it’s going to cost you big time. (I refrained from using an exclamation point in that last sentence, I admit, it’s not easy! Oops.)

There are two basic motivating factors for just about all human action: Fear and Desire. Almost always, these two are pitted against each other.

The most important element of any story is to make the reader want to know what happens next. Period. Everything else is gravy.

— Lisa Cron

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On Writing

March 21st, 2016 by

Typewriter“Don’t let the critic become bigger than the creator. Don’t let it strangle you. Write something down. Do something. Go ahead. And stay there. Stay there four hours. Three hours, four hours. And good things will happen.”

— Randy Newman

On Writing

March 14th, 2016 by

Typewriter“The writer who loses his self-doubt, who gives way as he grows old to a sudden euphoria, to prolixity, should stop writing immediately: the time has come for him to lay aside his pen.”

— Colette

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On Writing

March 7th, 2016 by

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“You take people, you put them on a journey, you give them peril, you find out who they really are.”

— Joss Whedon

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On Writing

February 29th, 2016 by

Typewriter“Treat writing as a job. Be disciplined. Lots of writers get a bit OCD-ish about this. Graham Greene famously wrote 500 words a day. Jean Plaidy managed 5,000 before lunch, then spent the afternoon answering fan mail. My minimum is 1,000 words a day – which is sometimes easy to achieve, and is sometimes, frankly, like shitting a brick, but I will make myself stay at my desk until I’ve got there, because I know that by doing that I am inching the book forward. Those 1,000 words might well be rubbish–they often are. But then, it is always easier to return to rubbish words at a later date and make them better.”

— Sarah Waters

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On Writing

February 22nd, 2016 by

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“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