“Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.” ― Samuel Ullman Is it too late to start writing that novel you always dreamed about? I don't think so. In fact I know it's … Continue reading How old is too old to start?
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"My words sound better coming from my hands than from my mouth."
I recently had a visit from a long time friend I had not seen in several years. During the catch-up phase of our conversation, she informed me she had rescued two dogs. Being a dog lover myself, of course, I needed more information. "What breed," I asked. She replied, "mixed." Finally, she got to the … Continue reading What’s in a name?
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.” ― Anais Nin Seriously, do you know what constitutes courage? Some people think of it as the absence of fear. Some people say it is the ability to face the very thing you fear. But I often wonder if the ability to face fears can … Continue reading Courage
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupery This advice comes under the admonition of "write what you know". Some of the best and worst advice aspiring writers ever receive. When you are told to "write what you know" it … Continue reading Writing from the heart
There's the sixty-four thousand dollar question. I know many authors in various stages of their careers, and not a single one willing to say, "I know exactly where my story begins." Once in a rare while we know where to start the story, but not often, and certainly, not always. As writers we have so … Continue reading Where does your story start?
“Habits are safer than rules; you don't have to watch them. And you don't have to keep them either. They keep you.” ― Frank Crane That's the truth. Anyone who has been writing for a long time, and hopefully some of those writing for a short time know this to be true. There are no … Continue reading Writing Rules
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ― Albert Einstein So there's a saying: "You don't know what you don't know until you know it. Then you know." Pretty much I believe that … Continue reading What you don’t know. . .
More on naming your characters. The sound of a name says it all. For the strong, alpha, bad boy, totally masculine character you will probably want a name that sounds sharp, short and strong. Names that garner attention. Bad boys, particularly villains, who deserve as much attention as heroes, have specific name needs.No villain should … Continue reading How does that sound?