Friday, November 18, 2011

Great Quote!

And so true!

"Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen." ~John Steinbeck

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Food for Thought...

Here's an interesting blog entry on "Nine Pieces of Bad Writing Advice" - link here

I actually teach a few of these in my Creative Writing class (try to avoid cliches and passive voice, etc). But I do agree that, in the end, creative writing rules can be bent or even broken, and that not every rule will apply to every writer.

I think the key is about following your gut, in the end...

Saturday, November 12, 2011

I Needed This Today...

"Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be." ~Shel Silverstein

Be tenacious. Write, write, write. Try to get published, if that's your heart's desire.

Never. Lose. Hope. ;-)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Paradox of Time

I was thinking about this today -- how, when I'm absorbed in my writing, time both slows down and rushes by at the exact same time.

It slows down in the sense that I don't feel pressured or hectic or frazzled when I write. It feels like there's this little space, this private window of time, where I can sit comfortably and not worry about the clock. Not worry about schedules or deadlines or to-do lists. It reminds me of this quote I so love:

"Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else." ~Gloria Steinem

But, ironically, time also rushes by when I write. Because when I finally look up from that space, when I wriggle my way out of it, back to the real world, I realize that hours have passed. That I've been consumed with writing, and life has gone on without me.

I've lost time, but I've also gained it, if that makes sense...