“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
― Sylvia Plath
”Go be that starving artist you’re afraid to be. Open up that journal and get poetic finally. Volunteer. Suck it up and travel. You were not born here to work and pay taxes. You were put here to be part of a vast organism to explore and create. Stop putting it off. The world has much more to offer than what’s on 15 televisions at TGI Fridays. Take pictures. Scare people. Shake up the scene. Be the change you want to see in the world. You’ll thank yourself for it.” – Jason Mraz ♥ ♥ ♥
More goodies I didn’t fit in the last post!!
Write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.
If you read good books, when you write, good books will come out of you.
I got a Kindle for Xmas last year and it was instantly my best friend and constant companion – especially when I discovered the wealth of free content to be had. Who doesn’t like free stuff? I’ve noticed that there are an awful lot of free books about writing and I’m attempting to compile a list. I’m sure it’s not exhaustive- and I have not read them all, so some of them might be worthless, but- they’re free – what have you got to lose?
Fifteen Thousand Useful Phrases A Practical Handbook Of Pertinent Expressions, Striking Similes, Literary, Commercial, Conversational, And Oratorical Terms, … Persons Who Read, Write, And Speak English by Grenvill Kleiser
The Writer’s Idea Book 10th Anniversary Edition: How to Develop Great Ideas for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Screenplays by Jack Heffron I HAVE read this one and recommend it!
The Perils of Pauline – Crafting the Female Voice in Genre Fiction by Robert W. Walker (free with Prime -99cents w/out)
And there’s more, but I’ll stop for now. This could become a regular column 😀 If I get any interest at all I’ll keep going 😀
At the first I am very prolific, gifted even. I read more in a year, than many will read in a lifetime. I’m never without a book and I read everything, literature to erotica. Reading is like breathing for me.
Then there’s writing. With writing I struggle. I procrastinate, avoid, angst, avoid more, get distracted by a dozen other things -over and over until one day I sit down and it all comes pouring out. I have literally sat down and written 50,000 words in a weekend. Not making any claims as to the quality of the writing – but I literally go from nothing to everything.
I live for those days, but unfortunately I haven’t quite figured out what triggers them. I have theories about words percolating in my brain, and stories building up over time until they have to burst out, but I never know just what will turn on the word flow.
I somehow need to learn how to get out of my own way.