CA: Premiere Of Paramounts' Remake Of "The Manchurian Candidate" - ArrivalsWant to know what Stephen King says about writing?

1. First write for yourself, and then worry about the audience. “When you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story.”

2. Don’t use passive voice. “Timid writers like passive verbs for the same reason that timid lovers like passive partners. The passive voice is safe.”

3. Avoid adverbs. “The adverb is not your friend.”

4. Avoid adverbs, especially after “he said” and “she said.”

5. But don’t obsess over perfect grammar. “The object of fiction isn’t grammatical correctness but to make the reader welcome and then tell a story.”

6. The magic is in you. “I’m convinced that fear is at the root of most bad writing.”

7. Read, read, read. ”If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.”

8. Don’t worry about making other people happy. “If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered, anyway.”

9. Turn off the TV. “TV—while working out or anywhere else—really is about the last thing an aspiring writer needs.”

10. You have three months. “The first draft of a book—even a long one—should take no more than three months, the length of a season.”

11. There are two secrets to success. “I stayed physical healthy, and I stayed married.”

12. Write one word at a time. “Whether it’s a vignette of a single page or an epic trilogy like ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ the work is always accomplished one word at a time.”

13. Eliminate distraction. “There’s should be no telephone in your writing room, certainly no TV or videogames for you to fool around with.”

14. Stick to your own style. “One cannot imitate a writer’s approach to a particular genre, no matter how simple what that writer is doing may seem.”

15. Dig. “Stories are relics, part of an undiscovered pre-existing world. The writer’s job is to use the tools in his or her toolbox to get as much of each one out of the ground intact as possible.”

16. Take a break. “You’ll find reading your book over after a six-week layoff to be a strange, often exhilarating experience.”

17. Leave out the boring parts and kill your darlings. “(kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.)”

18. The research shouldn’t overshadow the story. “Remember that word back. That’s where the research belongs: as far in the background and the back story as you can get it.”

19. You become a writer simply by reading and writing. “You learn best by reading a lot and writing a lot, and the most valuable lessons of all are the ones you teach yourself.”

20. Writing is about getting happy. “Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid or making friends. Writing is magic, as much as the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink.”


The following was posted on Open Culture (http://www.openculture.com) on March 16th, 2014.

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Writing Through Your Pain

I don’t know any human that hasn’t experienced pain, some more than others. As a society, we run from it, drink, smoke, eat, stuff our feelings and in return it makes us sick. Maybe our relationships suffer, or our mental,  physical, or spiritual health declines. Everything we do connects, and every decision to not face the pain backfires. We as writers are fortunate that we have the capability to take care of ourselves. So, be good to yourself, and no matter what you are feeling… write…


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“Things don’t go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be.” – Charlie Jones

“Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” ― C.S. Lewis

“What happens when people open their hearts?…They get better” ― Haruki Murakami

“The human heart has a way of making itself large again even after it’s been broken into a million pieces.”― Robert James Waller

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What Makes You Come Alive?

Rest but never quit

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~ Howard Thurman

“When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place.” ― Author Unknown

“Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.” — Napoleon Hill

“Success is not obtained overnight. It comes in installments; you get a little bit today, a little bit tomorrow until the whole package is given out. The day you procrastinate, you lose that day’s success.” ― Israelmore Ayivor

“Hope is a function of struggle.” — Brené Brown

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What’s Your Superpower?

I loved this t-shirt so much my husband bought it for me. What’s your superpower?

I'm a writer

“No one has the power to shatter your dreams unless you give it to them.” ― Maeve Greyson

“If you have a dream, don’t just sit there. Gather courage to believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality.” Roopleen

“You may be the only person left who believes in you, but it’s enough. It takes just one star to pierce a universe of darkness. Never give up.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich

“One of the most powerful lessons in life is to recognize that no one can give you power, and many people don’t want you to have it. You have to find the courage to seize it, own it and hold on!”― Shannon L. Alder

“You will never know how much you can accomplish until you try. Never stop trying. Your miracle will come in undefined moments.” ― Lailah GiftyAkita

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there” ― Theodore Roosevelt

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas A. Edison

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I’m currently reading K.M. Weiland’s “Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing An Outstanding Story”.  This is a great resource and even better paired with the workbook. If you have novel  idea50 million thoughts running through your head, it’s a great way to flush out the important and valuable ones for your story.

Here’s an excerpt from her book and what a hook should contain. The book gives several examples as well.

“So what can we learn from these masterful hooks?

  1. Hooks should be inherent to the plot
  2. Hooks don’t always involve action, but they always set it up
  3. Hooks never waste time
  4. Hooks almost always pull double or triple duty in introducing character, conflict, and plot – and even setting and theme.”

I also enjoy the simplicity of her writing and explanations. I tend to get bombarded with writing advice, rules, and “how to’s” that it’s a breath of fresh air to have someone break it down into easily absorbed pieces.

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I’ve mentioned before that I subscribe to Claire De Boer’s website thegiftofwriting.com, and I wanted to share a few quotes she had on her site today. She has a tendency to find the ones that zing right into my gut, explode and resonate inside of me for days. That’s one reason I share them with all of you, hoping that they will stir your creativity, courage and connect us all as human beings that often share the same emotions about life and our writing.

Other than raising my kids, I think writing is the hardest thing I do. Even when I have great days, and the words are rushing out, the next few days are full of…nothing. I get stuck on how to move my plot forward without losing readers. Is it dramatic enough? What are my plot points? Is my main character growing? So, sometimes I take a deep calming breath and read quotes that reignite my tiny flame into a full fire again.


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Winston churchill

Keep writing!

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