Apr 30, 2015

A to Z Challenge: Z

Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, April 30, 2015 6 comments
Occasionally, there arises a writing situation where you see an alternative to what you are doing, a mad, wild gamble of a way for handling something, which may leave you looking stupid, ridiculous or brilliant - you just don't know which. You can play it safe there, too, and proceed along the route you'd mapped out for yourself. Or you can trust your personal demon who delivered that crazy idea in the first place.

Trust your demon.

~ Roger Zelazny ~
Source: My Personal Demons

Apr 29, 2015

A to Z Challenge: Y

Posted by AJ Blythe at Wednesday, April 29, 2015 2 comments
A young musician plays scales in his room and only bores his family. A beginning writer, on the other hand, sometimes has the misfortune of getting into print.

~ Marguerite Yourcenar ~

Learn Music Scales the old way
Source: Music with Ease

Apr 28, 2015

A to Z Challenge: X

Posted by AJ Blythe at Tuesday, April 28, 2015 1 comments
Write To Survive
Source: Write to Health
For me, writing [was] a question of survival ... I could not trust anyone, even my family. The atmosphere was so poisoned. People even in your own family could turn you in.

~ Gao Xingjian ~
(refering to writing during the Cultural Revolution of Mao Tse-Tung)

Apr 27, 2015

A to Z Challenge: W

Posted by AJ Blythe at Monday, April 27, 2015 2 comments
Source: Fine Art America
A story isn't about a moment in time, a story is about the moment in time.

~WD Wetherell ~

Apr 25, 2015

A to Z Challenge: V

Posted by AJ Blythe at Saturday, April 25, 2015 3 comments
Source: Wikipedia


I guarantee you that no modern story scheme, even plotlessness, will give a reader genuine satisfaction, unless one of those old-fashioned plots is smuggled in somewhere. I don't praise plots as accurate representations of life, but as ways of keeping readers reading. When I used to teach creative writing, I would tell students to make their characters want something, even if it's only a glass of water. Characters paralyzed by the meaningless of modern life still have to drink water from time to time. One of my students wrote a story about a nun who got a piece of dental floss stuck beween her lower left molars, and who couldn't get it out all day long. I thought that was wonderful. The story dealt with issues a lot more important than dental floss, but what kept readers going was anxiety about when the dental floss would finally be removed. Nobody could read that story without fishing around in his mouth with a finger.

~ Kurt Vonnegut, Jr ~

Apr 24, 2015

A to Z Challenge: U

Posted by AJ Blythe at Friday, April 24, 2015 0 comments
Source: Kiddos


 I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like a child stringing beads in kindergarten - happy, absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another.

~ Brenda Ueland ~

Apr 23, 2015

A to Z Challenge: T

Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, April 23, 2015 0 comments
Source: ABC Parish
One writes such a story [The Lord of the Rings] not out of the leaves of trees still to be observed, nor by means of botany and soil-science; but it grows like a seed in the dark out of the leaf-mould of the mind: out of all that has been seen or thought or read, that has long ago been forgotten, descending into the deeps. No doubt there is much personal selection, as with a gardener: what one throws on one's personal compost-heap; and my mould is evidenty made largely of linguistic matter.

~ JRR Tolkien ~

Apr 22, 2015

A to Z Challenge: S

Posted by AJ Blythe at Wednesday, April 22, 2015 0 comments
Source: The Debutante Ball




Engrave this in your brain: EVERY WRITER GETS REJECTED. You will be no different.

~ John Scalzi ~

Apr 21, 2015

A to Z Challenge: R

Posted by AJ Blythe at Tuesday, April 21, 2015 0 comments
Source: Vibhavram




 Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.

~ Jules Renard ~

Apr 20, 2015

A to Z Challenge: Q

Posted by AJ Blythe at Monday, April 20, 2015 6 comments
Source: Write on Track
Write quickly and you will never write well; write well, and you will soon write quickly.

~ Marcus Fabius Quintilianus ~ 
(circa 65 AD)

Apr 18, 2015

A to Z Challenge: P

Posted by AJ Blythe at Saturday, April 18, 2015 0 comments
Source: Holley Barnhart

 Fantasy doesn't have to be fantastic. American writers in particular find this much harder to grasp. You need to have your feet on the ground as much as your head in the clouds. The cute dragon that sits on your shoulder also craps all down your back, but this makes it more interesting because it gives it an added dimension.

~ Terry Pratchett ~

Apr 17, 2015

A to Z Challenge: O

Posted by AJ Blythe at Friday, April 17, 2015 3 comments
Demon of Perfectionism
Source: Joanne Kennedy
All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery. Writing a book is a long, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.

~ George Orwell ~

Apr 16, 2015

A to Z Challenge: N

Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, April 16, 2015 0 comments
Source: Natalie Rose



Don't sell yourself short; dare to dream. You might sell to a top market before you ever sell to a non-paying market - you won't know unless you try. In the same way, it's good to be cooperative, but don't be too humble either.

~ Rheal Nadeau ~

Apr 15, 2015

A to Z Challenge: M

Posted by AJ Blythe at Wednesday, April 15, 2015 2 comments
Source: Ben Stahl



We do not write because we want to; we write because we have to.

~ Somerset Maugham ~

Apr 14, 2015

A to Z Challenge: L

Posted by AJ Blythe at Tuesday, April 14, 2015 0 comments
That's the essential goal of the writer: you slice out a piece of youself and slap it down on the desk in front of you. You try to put it on paper, try to descirbe it in a way that the reader can see and feel and touch. You paste all your nerve endings into it and then give it out to strangers who don't know you or understand you. And you will feel everything that happens to that sotory - if they like it, if they hate it. Because no matter how you try to distance yourself from it, to some degree you feel that if they hate it, they hate you.

Which isn't the truth, you understand. At least you understand that in your head ... but not always in your heart.

~Stephen Leigh ~
Source: Funlava

Apr 13, 2015

A to Z Challenge: K

Posted by AJ Blythe at Monday, April 13, 2015 0 comments
Source: Jim Perdue
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 ~

Apr 11, 2015

A to Z Challenge: J

Posted by AJ Blythe at Saturday, April 11, 2015 2 comments
Source: Sports Illustrations
It is advantageous to an author that his book should be attacked as well as praised. Fame is a shuttlecock. If it be struck at one end of the room, it will soon fall to the ground. To keep it up, it must be struck at both ends.

~ Samuel Johnson ~

Apr 10, 2015

A to Z Challenge: I

Posted by AJ Blythe at Friday, April 10, 2015 2 comments
Source: Dr Andrianova
Half my life is an act of revision.

~ John Irving ~

Apr 9, 2015

A to Z Challenge: H

Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, April 09, 2015 0 comments
Man at desk in freezing cold with coat and hat
Source: PHS Group
To be a writer is to sit down at one's desk in the chill portion of every day, and to write; not waiting for the little jet of the blue flame of genius to start from the breastbone - just plain going at it, in pain and delight. To be a writer is to throw away a great deal, not to be satisfied, to type again, and then again, and once more, and over and over...

~ John Hersey ~

Apr 8, 2015

A to Z Challenge: G

Posted by AJ Blythe at Wednesday, April 08, 2015 2 comments
Source: Peteava


When writing a novel, that's pretty much entirely what life turns into: 'House burned down. Car stolen. Cat exploded. Did 1500 easy words, so all in all it was a pretty good day.'

~ Neil Garman ~

Apr 7, 2015

A to Z Challenge: F

Posted by AJ Blythe at Tuesday, April 07, 2015 4 comments
Source: Randy the Copy Guy

Writing is easy; all you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead.
~ Gene Fowler ~

Apr 6, 2015

A to Z Challenge: E

Posted by AJ Blythe at Monday, April 06, 2015 4 comments
Source: Michael J Holley
Thank your readers and the critics who praise you, and then ignore them. Write for the most intelligent, wittiest, wisest audience in the universe: Write to please yourself.

~ Harlan Ellison ~

Apr 4, 2015

A to Z Challenge: D

Posted by AJ Blythe at Saturday, April 04, 2015 23 comments
Source: Darrell Creswell


A word is dead
When it is said,
Some say.
I say it just begins
to live that day.

~ Emily Dickinson ~

Apr 3, 2015

A to Z Challenge: C

Posted by AJ Blythe at Friday, April 03, 2015 10 comments
Source: Writing on the Pages of Life


It is perfectly okay to write garbage - as long as you edit brilliantly.

~ CJ Cherryh ~

Apr 2, 2015

A to Z Challenge: B

Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, April 02, 2015 17 comments
Source: Rough Whiting
Beware of self-indulgence. The romance surrounding the writing profession carries several myths: that one must suffer in order to be creative; that one must be cantankerous and objectionable in order to be bright; that ego is paramount over skill; that one can rise to a level from which one can tell the reader to go to hell. These myths, if believed, can ruin you.

If you believe you can make a living as a writer, you already have enough ego.

~ David Brin ~

Apr 1, 2015

A to Z Challenge: A

Posted by AJ Blythe at Wednesday, April 01, 2015 16 comments
Rejection slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil - but there is no way around them.
~ Isaac Asimov ~
Source: Kim Hooper
 

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