"If there is no room in poetry for difficulty, where is difficulty to go? Just as poetry provides a home for ambiguity, it offers difficulty a place to be dramatized if not solved." -Billy Collins He goes on, however, to emphasize that there is a difference between wrestling with difficulty and deliberately making things obscure.
"To be an artist you have to give up everything, including the desire to be a good artist." -Jasper Johns I recently discovered Jasper Johns. He's got some good stuff to say about art and the creative process. As usual, swap in the word "writer" for "artist." Or just shrug and say "A writer is … Continue reading Give Up Everything.
"Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book." -Cicero, c. 43 BCE I guess some things never change. Maybe things aren't as bad as we think they are. Either that, or things are always horrible.
"The best time for planning a book is while you're doing the dishes." -Agatha Christie Monotony is a good thing. Don't make anything too precious. Take Dame Agatha's word for it. She should know.
I've been living for this video over the past couple of weeks. Lin-Manuel Miranda on not giving up and saying no to your friends so you can say yes to your work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MI_jVkV0AJs Fun fact: Hamilton is in my area this month and I just... I had a look at ticket prices. There's no way … Continue reading You’re Gonna Leave that Idea Stuck in Your Head Forever?
"If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility." -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow I spent Saturday at my annual Young Life leader training. It's always one of the highlights of my year, a day filled with amazing worship, laughter, seminars, … Continue reading In Each Man’s Life.
As in Lin-Manuel Miranda. As in Hamilton. So you know what I'll be singing at the top of my lungs all day. Here's the expurgated version, because I'm a lady. https://open.spotify.com/album/19CCWdJcg0C2t9OrfCdDUp There. Now you can all sing with me. Also, if you need to add a smile into your Twitter feed, here he is.
"Do back exercises. Pain is distracting." -Margaret Atwood I mean, if there's anybody whose writing advice we can all agree is good, it would be Margaret Atwood, right? At any rate, I can certainly vouch for the truth of this one. Only I would add to it... You shouldn't just do targeted back exercises. At … Continue reading Pain Is Distracting.
Nothing new to report on the novel front, I'm afraid. My alphas haven't finished reading the thing yet, and I haven't mustered the courage to pick it up. Next week, I promise. In the meantime, here's another Broadway Sonnet for you, still from the magnificent Hamilton, but this time we get to hear from Aaron Burr. … Continue reading Broadway Sonnet 2.
"It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it." -Anais Nin