Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wednesday Wisdom for Writers and Those Who Love Them

"I am irritated by my writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within." —Gustave Flaubert


When I write, I often see the scene playing out in front of me on a movie screen. I want to reproduce what I see and hear.

Donald Maass teaches writers that if it's not on the page, it doesn't exist. That's so true! On the other hand, too many details bog the story down. The trick, in my view, is to bring just enough to the page leaving the rest to the imagination of your reader.





It's all better with friends.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Wednesday Wisdom for Writers and Those Who Love Them


"If you stuff yourself full of poems, essays, plays, stories, novels, films, comic strips, magazines, music, you automatically explode every morning like Old Faithful. I have never had a dry spell in my life, mainly because I feed myself well, to the the point of bursting. I wake early and hear my morning voices leaping around in my head like jumping beans. I get out of bed to trap them before they escape." —Ray Bradbury



Sounds like a good diet to me.




It's all better with friends.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Wednesday Wisdom for Writers and Those Who Love Them

"I think I did pretty well, considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper." —Steve Martin



I like his confidence.





It's all better with friends.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Wednesday Wisdom for Writers and Those Who Love Them



"I know. I'm lazy. But I made myself a New Years resolution that I would write myself something really special. Which means I have 'til December, right?" —Catherine O'Hara



I can safely declare I'm behind on my goals for the year. But I'm equally certain I would not have accomplished what I have without them.

How about you?



It's all better with friends.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wednesday Wisdom for Writers and Those Who Love Them

Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary in ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary. —Boris Pasternak



It's all better with friends.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Wednesday Wisdom for Writers and Those Who Love Them

As my artist's statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance. —Calvin & Hobbs






It's all better with friends.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Wednesday Wisdom for Writers and Those Who Love Them

Remember: when people tell you something's wrong or doesn't work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong. —Neil Gaiman

Which is one reason writing for a living can be very confusing.



It's all better with friends.