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“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.”
“The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.”
“Making people believe the unbelievable is no trick; it’s work. … Belief and reader absorption come in the details: An overturned tricycle in the gutter of an abandoned neighborhood can stand for everything.”
“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.”
“Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.”
—Larry L. King, WD
“There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be.”
“The first sentence can’t be written until the final sentence is written.”
—Joyce Carol Oates, WD
There is no such thing as “Writing Wrong,” as long as you are Writing you are on the “Write Track.”
—Dawne Knobbe (Mad Hatter)
Did you let your writing and your characters snooze for the last month or so like I did, instead of taking them along for the summer fun? Guess what? It’s time to re-motivate, re-dedicate and re-activate your Write Brain. You might have to re-read what you have written to date, to reacquaint yourself with your story’s progress. Don’t beat yourself for letting time slide by, A little distance from your story can be a good thing. Make some notes as you read through. Hopefully, you will have a new perspective on problem areas. Give yourself a day to digest any big changes you are thinking of making, then, it’s time to dive back in and write on!
Derisively Motivating Quotes (insert writing where needed:)
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing–that’s why we recommend it daily.” -Zig Ziglar
“I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.” -Oscar Wilde
“The main thing is keeping the main thing the main thing.” -German Proverb
(Have a favorite motivating quote? Love to see it!)
We all know children loose some of their literacy skills over the summer. But what about writers? If summer fun overtakes your writing schedule will you be able to jump right back in as soon as September hits? Keep your stories fresh in your mind. Take your characters out to play with you at the beach, in the park, Hiking in the mountains. The more you know about how your characters react in different situations, the stronger they will become. You might find a location and scene writing itself in your head. Jot down a note or a sentence and pop it into your summer ideas file. Hopefully with a little creative play, you will keep your characters and story lines sizzling till fall!
A fun quote from Robert Frost
“The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.”
Happy summer writing trails:)
When I bite into a book I want to experience all the delicious layers. As I devour the characters, nibbling on plot lines and savoring the scenery I know that each page offers a new sensation. And what I love about the chefs— each mix of ingredients produces an entirely different experience. Milk, eggs, chocolate… each turn of the whisk adds a unique blend. Best part; you can eat up a book and still have it to eat up again and again:)
As writers we start the journey as any adventurer. We prepare by packing our creative backpack – a nice hot cuppa next to keyboard, a few pieces of chocolate for emergencies and our favourite writing spot to help us drop into the zone. Then, we begin. Through our stories we reveal the most noble and enduring facets of our protagonists and in a way we are revealing a glimpse into who we really are as people. Story is more than writing fantastical threads, its a way of weaving into a greater mythology of what it is to be human.
Yes, the White Rabbit sometimes emerges from the dark hole with a philosophical carrot to hold up and tempt you to ask, what insight and wisdom do I gain about myself from my writing? So I am speaking to the writer who is you, and not to the audience that you write for. What can we learn about ourselves through the stories that we write?
Story is a gift that not only is a wonderful world to get lost in but can have a strong impact on our inner development. So here is a challenge to gain some insight into who you are as a writer. Spend some time reflecting and journalling on your heroes and your villains, what aspects of yourself do you see in each of them? What hidden motivations and expectations unfolded through the process of the story? If you reflect upon these patterns in terms of what goes on in your life, what does this reveal to you about how you relate in your world?
Without story, life becomes a book cover with no pages – beautiful on the surface but not very fulfilling. Take the time to really look at your stories and discover what sustains you, what is meaningful to you and what you have endured in your life to become who you are today.
Somewhere in the storytelling is an essence of the real you and here is a opportunity to find a deeper understanding in what you write.
WARNING possible side effect: this exercise may get the ball rolling for some of you who are stuck in your writing. Gaining a new perspective by turning inward can infuse that muse, releasing your creative energy!
It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.
– C. J. Cherryh
Where ever your creative talents lie, you must not tip yourself too far in one direction or the other. So many people call themselves writers, but rarely, actually write anything down at all. I have heard the old adage over and over “Butt in Chair equals writing.” You must stop telling yourself “I will write when I am finished—decorating, paying bills, reading this book, cleaning the bathroom…” Your writing needs equal billing. Don’t let your creative brew ferment on your finger tips, make sure you spill it on the page or, take it from the Walrus in Alice in Wonderland—
“The time has come,” the walrus said, “to (write) of many things: Of shoes and ships – and sealing wax – of cabbages and kings”
(okay so I used a little bit of poetic license, but I am a fiction writer after all and right now, my butt is in a chair writing!)
After a long blogging hiatus, we are firing up our engines and rolling up our sleeves and our quote to ponder is Creative self-approval. Or as Alice would say: “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” This week we want to to stop yourself from stopping yourself. Give your inner critic a week off and post one impossibly wonderful thing you had dreamed up lately. Mine? I played mermaid in the pool. Have been working on a mermaid story and wanted to see what it would feel like it swish my tail and my hair and breath underwater…It was fabulous and I might just write this story so I can continue to embody my “Mermaidness!” Okay, now your turn—