Interesting thoughts from people much smarter than I am…
#Follow your curiosity and passion. What fascinates you will probably fascinate others. But, even if it doesn’t, you will have devoted your life to what you love…”
You must once and for all give up being worried about successes and failures…”
Keep A Diary
Keep a diary, but don’t just list all the things you did during the day. Pick one incident and write it up as a brief vignette. Give it color, include quotes and dialogue, shape it like a story with a beginning, middle and end—as if it were a short story or an episode in a novel. It’s great practice. Do this while figuring out what you want to write a book about. The book may even emerge from within this running diary.
Jordan Rosenfeld @Jordanrosenfeld
Don’t let yourself become bored with your writing or practice. Take #risks. #WritersGuide2Persistence #create
I confess to allowing my inboxes to be overloaded with quality resources that I don’t consistently pursue. Not so with Austin Kleon’s weekly newsletters…
Here are two Austin Kleon items that I vouch for:
1. Working On It [5 Quick Thoughts on Writing]
2. How to Keep Going [Take time to watch his 26-minute talk OR, if you’re pressed for time, lock in his list of ten tips and bookmark the page for a later viewing.
Two of my favorites:
—The ordinary + extra attention = extraordinary.
—Build a ‘bliss station’. [borrowed from Joseph Campbell]
Quote from Austin: “Airplane mode is not just a setting on your phone; it can be a way of life.”
Another of his tips: You are allowed to change your mind. Well, here goes…I was going to add a third A. Kleon gem, but other commitments arose and I just plain wanted this out in the world, so I’m changing my mind and sharing only two. Thanks, Austin, for the license to do so!
And believe me, these two items are value-packed. So, turn on Airplane Mode and enjoy.
More worthwhile points from If You Can Talk, You Can Write by Joel Saltzman. [Not an affiliate link. I just couldn’t easily find his own website.]
- ” ‘Who needs another book on writing?’ ”
I needed to write this book for myself–to see if I could take what I had learned over the years and write about it my way, with my particular slant on things.”
- “Remember: There’s nothing new under the sun. So don’t let an old idea stand in your way, not for a second. Don’t sit around waiting for the Big Idea; start with a small idea (like “two women go on a road trip”) and make it big.”
- A quote from John Cougar Mellencamp: “All I can really do is entertain myself, and hope along the way I can entertain somebody else.”
One of my favorite recent purchases [August 2017 is recent for me] is the book, If You Can Talk, You Can Write by Joel Saltzman. [Not an affiliate link. I just couldn’t easily find how own website.]
Here are a few points I’ve revisited today in my reading session:
- “Whether you’re struggling with a single sentence or polishing a book-length manuscript, let progress be your guide, not perfection your nemesis.”
- “Along the way, you’ll develop technique, stamina and—if you’re lucky—the ability to make your next effort better than the last.”
- “Conquer your worry about not writing by writing every day—either by counting the minutes or counting the pages.” In my case, I’ve been counting the words. I’ve done so ever since the January 500 Word Challenge.
Let’s focus on Jon Winokur‘s tweets for today.
2. #Editing is the same thing as quarreling with writers. Same thing exactly. HAROLD ROSS #amwriting #publishing [Whew-boy, was I rediscovering that this morning…]
3. “When you’re #writing and come to a rough spot and the ideas just aren’t flowing, put down dummy text and keep on moving…” bit.ly/2F4kUvt #amwriting #writetips
4. There’s always room for a #story that can transport people to another place.
J.K. ROWLING #amwriting #fiction
5. #Creativity is the residue of wasted time.
ALBERT EINSTEIN #amwriting #writing #writinglife [I must be extremely creative.]
Find your best time of the day for writing and write. Don’t let anything else interfere. Afterwards it won’t matter to you that the kitchen is a mess.
ESTHER FREUD #amwriting #writing #writinglife
Write what you want. People rarely recognize themselves on the page. And if they do, they’re often flattered that a writer has paid attention.
“Most people have no concept of writing, or what’s involved with the process…”
Back to ‘curation’ mode…
I’m not an avid user of Pinterest, but when I do sit down with it, well, it really is a gold mine of links and information.
Here are a few Pinterest-gleaned items that might interest you:
1. A Writer’s Manifesto
2. 101 Best Websites for Writers [I clicked the link which sent me to a page that offered a link to this valuable PDF.]
3. 10 Great Podcasts for Writers
4. The Super-Secret Way to Create Suspense in Your Story