Category Archives: advice for writers
Curation Corner: Quotes to inspire writers
Writer’s Digest shares this collection of 185 quotes they featured throughout 2021.
Some of my favorites…
“I wish I’d written more and worried less.” —Meg LaTorre from “Breaking In”
“Don’t live or write in a bubble. My creativity is fueled when I talk with other creative people.” —Melissa Croce from “Breaking In” [I have to work on this one. TH]
“A good twist should never leave the readers feeling tricked.” —Simon Gervais from “Twisty Business”
Challenge: Find at least one quote that can serve as bulletin board material.
Curation Corner: focusmate.com
I just finished a short Getting Our Creative Minds Back for 2022 session hosted by Jill Badonsky.
One resource she shared: focusmate.com–Where life gets done, together™
Here’s a helpful four-minute video overview from the University of Waterloo.
— 3 free sessions per week. No credit card required.
— clear community guidelines
— use of behavioral triggers to achieve a flow state:
Specificity in task definition
If you feel mired in procrastination and self-doubt, why not give it a try?
My first appointment is this coming Friday. Will let you know how it turns out.
Reminder: No affiliate links. Just thought it might be something that might help you crank out the next best seller/mega-corporation/cinematic masterpiece.
Curation Corner: Jane Friedman always delivers value
I was reading Jane Friedman’s weekly Electric Speed and thought to myself, “Self, why haven’t you shared this on your blog?”
And Self said, “Because you’re sometimes a clueless shlub, that’s why.”
Well, the conversation went on and on with back-and-forth accusations of too much time spent baking scones and watching Leave It to Beaver to escape the realities of 2021 and my wife calling a therapist–any therapist available on a Sunday morning–and, well, you get the point. There’s so much useless drivel out there, you surely don’t need any more of it seeping into your already frenzied state…which, by the way, is exactly what I’m doing right now, so you should probably add a pernicious [when’s the last time I used that word?] comment below…
Based on the above ‘departure’, Jane Friedman–publisher of Writer’s Digest, by the way–would probably beg me to never, ever again mention her name on this blog. But hey! ‘The price of fame’, right? And really, if she didn’t share good content, she wouldn’t have been included here, right?**
Good content like:
— Doodle Ipsum (Customize your own doodles and post/share/admire/submit to The Louvre/make NFT’s out of them [I guess.]
— Forvo (“All the words in the world. Pronounced.”)
— Fellow writers’ at-the-desk stretches [reader contributions]
Hope these help. Go sign up for Jane F’s newsletter. No affiliate $$ motive here, no nothing. Just hope you find some value.
**So it’s her fault!
Curation Corner: Wealth of Writer’s Digest Freebies
As I cruised the Writer’s Digest website for other resources, I came across this page of free downloads. [Signing up for their newsletter is requested, however.]
Some of the topics:
— Cheat Sheets for NaNoWriMo
— Plot Development: Charts and Tips for Outlining and Plotting a Novel 1
— 4 Amateur Mistakes Every Writer Should Avoid