“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
“The greatest discovery of any generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering the attitudes of their minds.” ― Albert Schweitzer Yes, it is often a case of mind over matter, except when our actions do not reflect the intentions of the words we send out into the world. Make a promise … Continue reading It’s All in Your Head
“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” ― Thomas Jefferson As a middle child I've always been one to "go along to get along". For middle children where I grew up, this was the way of doing things. You acquiesced. You were considered the peacemaker, which … Continue reading Knowing When to Say No
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. . .
“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.” ― Camille Pissarro One of the things I notice about writers is the different eye they used to assess the world around them. If you are a writer, you know what I'm talking about. When we set our stories in … Continue reading The Writer’s Eye
“Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” ― John Wooden There is real truth in those words. Something we all need to be aware of, all the time. It's easy enough to begin to slide along any given path and assume you've made it. … Continue reading The Real Truth
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?
“You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.” ― Shirley Chisholm Writers write. Ask any writer. If they could stop writing, they probably would stop writing. For the rest of us, we write to still the voices in our heads. We write to get our … Continue reading About Writer’s Block