Category Writing

WRITERS ON WRITING: QUOTES FROM THE FAMOUS AND NOT-SO-FAMOUS

WRITERS ON WRITING: QUOTES FROM THE FAMOUS AND NOT-SO-FAMOUS

“Every first draft is perfect because all the first draft has to do is exist.”

Jane Smiley

“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works.”

Virginia Woolf

“I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.”

Stephen King

“Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.”

Ernest Hemingway

“To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme.”

Herman Melville

“A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it to be God.”

Sidney Sheldon

“Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.”

Henry David Thoreau

“My own experience is that once a sto...

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MAY YOUR WISHES FOR NEW VISION AND INSPIRATION COME TRUE!

MAY YOUR WISHES FOR NEW VISION AND INSPIRATION COME TRUE!

Every new year brings with it creative resolutions: to work smarter, to delve deeper, to tap fresh inspiration whenever we touch the pen or paintbrush.  As much as I wish an ‘inspiration fairy’ with a magic wand existed out there…the truth is that we creative types need to be our own fairy godmothers.

First, connect with other creative people to build a support network, if you do not already have one.  Join a critique group. You will never regret time spent with like-minded people who are passionate about writing great books for children.  If you are already in possession of a cheerleading squad, double down on your commitment to lifting them up as they in turn lift you.

Learn to be your own cheerleader, too...

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10 Steps To a Better Body (of Work)

10 Steps To a Better Body (of Work)

What Fitness Training Taught Me About Writing

I took my first aerobic exercise class years ago, after the birth of our first child. Although I never quite regained my pre-pregnancy figure, I’ve been a dedicated fitness fanatic ever since. Whether weight-lifting or jogging, the time spent in pursuit of muscle tone has taught me lessons which can be applied to my writing efforts as well.

1. GET TO THE GYM. This is an obvious first step, but one that has tripped up many a new health club member. You can’t see the results of a stair-climbing machine on your thighs until you’ve actually stepped onto it. Likewise, you can’t finish manuscripts and query letters until you’ve spent the hours required in front of the word processor or typewriter.

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