There is precious little hope to be got out of whatever keeps us industrious, but there is a chance for us whenever we cease work and become stargazers. ~H.M. Tomlinson
In cleaning out the garage this month I found my copy of Corduroy by Don Freeman, published in 1968 it tells the story of Corduroy the bear and his adventure in a department store before he is bought by a Continue reading What Don Freeman Taught Me About Story
The good writing of any age has always been the product of someone’s neurosis, and we’d have a mighty dull literature if all the writers that came along were a bunch of happy chuckleheads. ~William Styron, interview, Writers at Work, Continue reading Chuckleheads?
Don’t talk unless you can improve the silence. This proverb is attributed to Vermonters. It says a lot about not talking just to hear yourself speak, there is something wonderful about comfortable silence. I just bought my tickets…in less than Continue reading Improving the silence
The maker of a sentence launches out into the infinite and builds a road into Chaos and old Night, and is followed by those who hear him with something of wild, creative delight. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson I’ve been painting the Continue reading Wild, Creative Delight
Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. John Quincy Adams It’s hard to be patient in our instant gratification nation. Yet when it comes to creative writing patience and perseverance are key. For Continue reading Patience and Perseverance
“One demands two things of a poem. Firstly, it must be a well-made verbal object that does honor to the language in which it is written. Secondly, it must say something significant about a reality common to us all, but Continue reading A reality common to us all
Having imagination, it takes you an hour to write a paragraph that, if you were unimaginative, would take you only a minute. Or you might not write the paragraph at all. ~Franklin P. Adams, Half a Loaf, 1927 This week Continue reading Half a Loaf
“My goal in life is to be the exact same person to you, whether you’ve met me for the first time or the 21st time. Your knowledge of me is there from the beginning in an honest, brutal sort of Continue reading Finding Your Voice
I know this doesn’t have anything to do with writing but it went along with my studies last semester.