Way too often, people throw around the advice of writers like it was from the Gospel itself. I’m not a huge fan of most writing advice myself because it always tries to stipulate ALWAYS’ and NEVERS that no one has any right stipulating. Writing is a diverse art form and telling people to always do this and never do that is stupid.
So, instead, here are five really great quotes to give you hope instead of anxiety! … More 5 Cheerful, Encouraging Quotes from Writers
I love this teaching. You can find the author/artist’s website here.
Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water. … More A Short Lesson from Mr. Kurt Vonnegut!
Orpheus was what was known as a minstrel, and he really enjoyed playing on the violin. Of course, that wasn’t enough for some people. Some had to go and make rumors about him being Apollo’s son, teasing poor Orpheus that his Mom went around banging gods. … More Storytime: A Man Named Orpheus
Over the past several weeks, I have been dipping my toes into the chilly waters of online dating. Weird as it may seem, the thing I noticed the most from this new venture is how great of an exercise it is for writing/storytelling. … More Writing Exercise: Online Dating
There you are in your home, and the soldiers smash down the door and tell you you’re in the middle of World War III. Something’s gone wrong with time. … More PKD: Breakfast at Twilight
Have no shame if your favorite books are popular books like Harry Potter or The Hunger Games. Don’t listen to people who say a book isn’t any good; read it for yourself, you be the judge. Find the little nuggets that will help you learn to write better. And, likewise, don’t you dare put yourself through the disastrous experience of being forced to read something terrible just because it’s supposed to be a ‘classic’ or because someone else has declared all non-readers of the book uneducated. … More Read Anything (and everything)
Sometimes you read something and you can really relate to it, and sometimes you read something and every single sentence can make you FEEL. This story from Party of One: The Loner’s Manifesto encapsulates both of those and crafts into a short, but elegant story. I read it and felt the need to share it with you. … More Great Read: The Loner’s Manifesto by Anneli Rufus
As with any group of people, the group that calls themselves ‘writers’ has some among them that are mightily pretentious. You will know these people by their loud and authoritative dictations about who truly is and who is not a writer. Now, myself, I have gotten sick and tired of listening to these pretentious tarts yammering on about the litany of requirements to be considered a ‘true’ writer … More “If You Write Every Day, You Are A Writer” – Alan Moore
The story goes that this man, this captain of a slave ship, was roughing the harsh, stormy seas one night — rain was pouring, waves were splashing, lightning was flashing brightly in the sky. And yet, below all of that, beyond all of that, there was the hum of singing coming from just under the deck, in the bowels of the ship. … More The Amazing Slave Ship