Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne I have always loved words, I learned to read very young and I have been a book fanatic since I… Continue reading The Power of Words
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.Scott Adams Children know all about being creative…if you look at their creative talents there is a freedom that we lose as we get older when we are told how to write, draw, sing. The stories that I wrote as a child… Continue reading Daily creativity
Appealing workplaces are to be avoided. One wants a room with no view, so imagination can meet memory in the dark.Annie Dillard I don’t know that I agree with Annie Dillard. But she’s a Pulitzer-prize winning author and I’m not. My intention is to have an office that has a view of the ocean. I… Continue reading A Room with a View
Detail makes the difference between boring and terrific writing. It’s the difference between a pencil sketch and a lush oil painting. As a writer, words are your paint. Use all the colors.Rhys Alexander Randomly pick up a book and read a few paragraphs…do you want to continue? Now look at your writing have you added… Continue reading Use all the colors
The things I like to find in a story are punch and poetry.~ Sean O’Faolain This week is my week to work on my manuscript, while I try to work on it every day I find myself working on the writing that might bring me some more immediate money. But ever since I joined Book-in-A-Week… Continue reading Does Your Writing Have Punch?
Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.Barbara Kingsolver What do you have to say?That may be the hardest question to answer.… Continue reading What do you have to say?
Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very;” your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. ~Mark Twain Avoid using adverbs in your writing. Or at least try to. If something is very pretty it’s beautiful, if you are extremely scared you’re petrified. I depend on my… Continue reading Unnecessary Adverbs
It only takes one person to change your life – you.Ruth Casey I didn’t get serious about writing until I figured that out. There wasn’t anyone who was going to get me what I wanted, I had to do it all by myself.I could take all the writing classes, read all the books, attend all… Continue reading Becoming a Writer
You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you’re working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success – but only if you persist.Isaac Asimov OK… Continue reading Persistence
Write from the soul, not from some notion what you think the marketplace wants. The market is fickle; the soul is eternal.Jeffrey A. Carver At this years Pikes Peak Writers Conference, I was introduced to many agents and editors saying “here is what we want”, “here is where the marketplace is ” and it wasn’t… Continue reading Writing For Yourself or the Market?