Curation Saturday: If You Can Talk, You Can Write

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.

Curation Saturday

Let’s focus on Jon Winokur‘s tweets for today.

1. When you’re speaking in the truest, most intimate voice about your life, you are speaking with the universal voice. [Just last night I dove into a fairly serious topic. It was okay, but it just wasn’t fun to write, especially in the revision stage. I’m not sure if I’ll find that universal voice…and do I even care to?]
CHERYL STRAYED #amwriting#writing #writinglife

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…” #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.]

Curation Saturday–Tweets About Writing

A few favorites from Jon Winokur’s recent Tweets…


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…”
David Sedaris

Curation Monday–Links for Writers

Back to ‘curation’ mode…

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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


Twitter Gems: January 21

I’ve been off the curation wagon lately.

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Just wanted to share some content that might prove helpful or inspirational.

Plus, I miss the short, condensed blog posts that I started with. ;->

Have a great Sunday.


Jordan Rosenfeld @Jordanrosenfeld
If you use too much exposition, your story may feel like a lecture, and you run the risk of neglecting character development. #POV #POVBook


Jon Winokur  @AdviceToWriters
It doesn’t have to be the truth, just your vision of it, written down.
#amwriting #writerslife


Jane Friedman  @JaneFriedman
“Patience is not about waiting, but how we act when things take longer than we expect.” —Paulo Coelho


David Gaughran  @DavidGaughran
For all the people asking for an update to Let’s Get Visible, it’s here, and it’s #FREE, and it’s called Amazon Decoded: A Marketing Guide To The Kindle Store


“No matter which way you choose to publish, there are always going to be days where it’s just plain difficult.” — @thecreativepenn


Jordan Rosenfeld @Jordanrosenfeld
Commit to your writing in healthy, manageable sittings. Don’t binge, don’t starve. #WritersGuide2Persistence #amwriting


Writers Horoscope December 31: A familiar question wells up…

Maybe you took Austin Kleon’s 30-Day Challenge. And you nailed it.

And then that question: What’s next?

Consider this thought from Ian Svenonius, Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock ‘n’ Roll Group:

You will never know exactly what you must do, it will never be enough… no matter what change you achieve, you will most likely see no dividend from it. And even after you have achieved greatness, the [tiny number of people] who even noticed will ask, ‘What next?’” **

And so the question: What next?

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This is not to dismiss what you might have accomplished in the last month…or year…or decade. Or to evoke dissatisfaction.

Instead, use the question as a prod to pursue new projects, skills, friends.

Or maybe I’m just nudging myself in that direction.

Either way, have an adventurous–and fulfilling–2018.


**got Svenonius quote from a blog post by Austin Kleon

Note: The link for Svenonius’s book is an affiliate link. It doesn’t raise the price on the book, but it will bring me a very small amount of money.

Writers Horoscope December 8: Today, you can’t make up your mind.

Who can blame you?

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Some folks post content about setting goals, about finishing, establishing habits.

And those same shmucks then post suggestions to break habits, to mix things up. And they glorify those times when they procrastinate on their writing.

Who are these people and why are they allowed to publish this drivel? It has to stop!

Maybe tomorrow.

In the meantime, just to add to the confusion, take a look at what Susie Orman Schnall says in Writer’s Digest about balancing work and life. Pay particular attention to tip #4.