All it takes is a spark. A tiny flash of fire to ignite a flame that flares and ignites the match, that flares and ignites the match, that flares and ignites the match... Writerly Inspiration is a collection of quotes, new ones featured weekly, to stoke the gift from one writer to the next....
I always wonder, when King says 'it must be done', if he's talking about cutting your story to the bone or murdering children. It's true, though...the part about cutting your story to the bone. Sometimes we get to elaborate in telling backstory or describing the scene--and it's fluff. Or we can take two or three sentences to say what should be said in one. So when you're editing ask yourself, 'is this crucial to my scene, plot...' If it's not, hack away!
Have a wonderful week!
Dare to Dream!
I suppose it's a little late in the year to make a New Year's Resolution, but don't wait until next January to commit to your writing. Make time EVERY DAY to write, even if it's just a few sentences, a short story or a chapter of your newest novel. Join me in making writing your daily habit.
(By the way, 20,000 days = 54.794 years)
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Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats!
I think the truly natural things are dreams, which nature can't touch with decay.
Dreams are true while they last; and do we not live in dreams?
Alfred Lord Tennison
Dreams are [like alchemy]...turning something awful into something...better.
Rossi (Criminal Minds)
Monsters are real; and ghosts are real too...they live inside us. And sometimes, they win.
"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing."
All of us have skeletons in our closet...some of us just have better locks.
It's always too early to quit.
Norman Vincent Peale
“I want to see thirst in the syllables, touch fire in the sound, feel through the dark for the scream.” Pablo Neruda, quoted by Cornelia Funke, Inkspell
"When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done." Stephen King, November 1973
“You see things and say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say ‘Why not?’”
George Bernard Shaw
A dream you don’t fight for can haunt you the rest of your life.
Trauma does not create a monster. A man always has a choice.