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“And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.” — Paul McCartney Yesterday, I logged onto Facebook to find a reminder of how short life can be. Someone I’d worked with back when I was doing the Ren Faire here in Southern California...read more
“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” — Jack London
Some days, going after something with a club is overwhelmingly tempting. It could be the person who interrupted you in the middle of a a writing sprint when everything was flowing. It can be the day job that seems determined to ensure you can’t do what you’re supposed to do for whatever reason the project you’re working on, the folks you have to deal with or the geniuses up in the Executive Offices have dreamed up.
For WriMos, we’re reaching the point where it is very often the book we’re working on.read more
“I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.” — Eleanor Roosevelt I was lucky — both my parents let me indulge my curiosity. I grew up surrounded by books,...read more
Fall seven times and stand up eight — Japanese Proverb I’m behind at the moment. Not by much, but Monday morning found me a good 800 words down from my personal NaNo goal. With 15 days left to go, I needed to write an additional 54 words each day in order to make it...read more
“To err is human. To blame it on somebody else is even more human.” — Arthur Bloch Yeah, I’m blaming the salesman for our contractor for the problems meeting my word count yesterday. We did the final paperwork on our bathroom remodel and there have...read more
“You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with the best you have to give.” – Eleanor Roosevelt Welcome to Week Three. Believe it or not, we’re halfway there. You should (hopefully) be hitting 25,000 words by...read more
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” — Mister Rogers What happened in Paris last night is still an ongoing story as this is written...read more
“My notes are written in blood on the sand, the same as any writer.” — J. Michael Strackzynski
It’d be so easy to just say “Yup” and move on. I don’t think any writer’s story has ever turned out exactly the way they imagined it would when they started. Even if your ending is what you imagined, and the big scene in the middle hit all those right notes that came to you like a vision in the shower, it’s still not exactly what you thought it would be. Somewhere along the way, you write something and it comes out…different. Maybe it’s the heroine’s cat or the old friend you didn’t know your main character had. Maybe it’s a allergy to citrus or a shiver that passes over their skin if they touch raw wood. Maybe it’s just a minor detail that adds color and maybe it’s something that sends everything careening in a different direction that you didn’t anticipate, but you know that this is a thread you have to follow.read more
“If you are going through hell, keep going.” — Winston Churchill
Does it feel like a slog yet? For some folks, that comes during Week Three. For others, it starts on Week Two. I’m not experiencing a great deal of it, but there have been moments when I’ve looked at the words that are still yet to go and I just groaned. I know it’s going to get more difficult as I start trying to fill in the connective tissue of my major scenes. Those are the worst moments.read more
“To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.” — George Orwell Ever have one of those moments when you know what you want to write but the words seem some just out of reach? They’re right there, but… It’s a...read more