Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wednesday Wisdom for Writers and Those Who Love Them


"Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space." —Orson Scott Card


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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Wednesday Wisdom for Writers and Those Who Love Them

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." —Martin Luther King


It's also stepping off the roof of a high-rise and trusting you'll figure out your wings on the way down.



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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Wednesday Wisdom for Writers and Those Who Love Them

"When you're making a film, you have an obligation to fill the frame with life."—Joss Whedon


It's the same with making a book. You have an obligation to fill each page with life.



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Friday, July 1, 2016

Process: When I Must Pretend

I'm at a fairly recognizable place in my manuscript.  I've been here before. It's the place where I'm suddenly unsure about the direction this manuscript is heading. It doesn't quite match up with what I'd planned, and I only know two things: it will either be better or it will be worse.

But in order to find out, I have to write it. I have to finish this first draft.

And here's where the pretending comes in. I need, right now, to pretend I'm a writer who knows what she's doing. I need to plow ahead with all the confidence of a Stephen King or a John Sandford or a Karin Slaughter or a J.K. Rowling.

Right now it's important not to let missing research pieces hold me up. Write the story, then fill in the holes and make the changes later. Trust the process.

Do you have stumbling places with your work? Places where you have to fake it until you make it?



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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Wednesday Wisdom for Writers and Those Who Love Them


"I didn't know I was doing film noir, I thought they were detective stories with low lighting!"—Marie Windsor



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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.





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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.




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