I know many writers who try to hit a set word count every day, but for me, time spent inside a fictional world tends to be a better measure of a productive writing day. I think I’m fairly generative as a writer, I can produce a lot of words, but volume is not the best … Continue reading Learning from Karen Russell.
It's been a while since I shared a poem with you all, hasn't it? Well, we should fix that. My brother got a book of poetry for Christmas, and we found this one together. When you read it, try reading it out loud, or out loud in your head if you're in public, and just … Continue reading Against the Wind of Time.
Friday is Christmas, in case you weren't aware. I tend to forget these things, honestly. I am shamefully grinchy when it comes to the holidays. However! There are a few things which never fail to get me into the spirit of the season. I will now share them with you. The opening lines of Charles … Continue reading Buried with a Stake of Holly.
"Turn off your cell phone. Honestly, if you want to get work done, you’ve got to learn to unplug. No texting, no email, no Facebook, no Instagram. Whatever it is you’re doing, it needs to stop while you write. A lot of the time (and this is fully goofy to admit), I’ll write with earplugs … Continue reading Learning from Nathan Englander.
"…once you are real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand." -Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit I remember reading The Velveteen Rabbit when I was little, but I don't remember much of the actual story. I just remember putting it down after I was finished and thinking, "Well, that sucked." Needless to say, I … Continue reading Once We Are Real.
I tend to wake up very early. Too early. Four o’clock is standard. My morning begins with trying not to get up before the sun rises. But when I do, it’s because my head is too full of words, and I just need to get to my desk and start dumping them into a file. … Continue reading Learning From Barbara Kingsolver.
"Shut your mouth; open your eyes and ears. Take in what is there and give no thought to what might have been or what is somewhere else." -- C.S. Lewis Thank you, Clive Staples. I don't remember this often enough. I spend so much of my life thinking about how things might have turned out … Continue reading Shut Your Mouth.
Oof! Today I (finally) updated to Windows 10, but a glitch happened that caused a blinking screen, leading me to allow my computer to be taken over by a lovely guy from Microsoft. I've never dealt with remote assistance before, so it was fun to see my computer being taken over by another person from … Continue reading Learning From Maya Angelou.
To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it. -Kurt Vonnegut As a growing writer, a halfway decent... um... draw-er? and a passable dancer, I can vouch for the truth of this statement. Also, may I recommend some artistic cross-training? If you're a … Continue reading Practice Art.