Monday, November 28, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
- Publish a Short Story (to have a sense of accomplishment)
- Go to a Writing Conference (to learn a bit more about what you're a part of)
- Freelance for Money (it's very empowering)
- Visit City Lights (because it's still there)
- Write/Publish an Essay (it feeds your brain)
- Take a Writing Retreat (to see how much you can accomplish w/o distractions)
- Write a Novel (because it's the biggie)
- Go to BEA/Score a Tote (it's a trip)
- Read Shakespeare (ridiculous)
- Fill in This Blank with Your Heart's Desire (because you know you want to)
Thursday, November 17, 2011
- "The writing of a novel is taking life as it already exists, not to report it but to make an object, toward the end that the finished work might contain this life inside it and offer it to the reader. The essence will not be, of course, the same thing as the raw material; it is not even of the same family of things. The novel is something that never was before and will not be again."
- "Plot is people. Human emotions and desires founded on the realities of life, working at cross purposes, getting hotter and fiercer as they strike against each other until finally there's an explosion-that's Plot."
- "The first sentence can't be written until the final sentence is written."
- "What the young writer is looking for is not a critic who will slap him on the back and say. 'Greatest things since O. Henry,' but rather the one who will toss the manuscript down in disgust, with 'You know better than that! It's rotten! Do it all over again!'"
- "If you tell the reader that Bull Beezley i a brutal-faced, loose-lipped bully with snake's blood in his veins, the reader's reaction may be, 'Oh yeah!' But if you show the reader Bull Beezley raking the bloodied flanks of his weary, sweat-encrusted pony, and flogging the tottering, red-eyed animal with a quirt, or him him booting in the protruding ribs of a starved mongrel and, boy, the reader believes!"
- "Genius gives birth, talent delivers."
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
To be quite honest Megan Whalen Turner is my favorite author (sorry Jane!). She is a bold writer, leaping into the story and expertly weaving it into a tale so intriguing that it's addicting. I made the mistake of checking out the last three books all at once and I was up until two in the morning finishing them (which wasn't smart seeing as I had to get up at 5:30). She has such a way of grabbing the reader with subtle plot twists and endearing characters. The tales seem simple and very up front, but that is simply because they are so well written. If I could write like her I'd be happy. I'd also be a published author...which would also make me happy...deliriously so.
So without further ado, I present the second book of this fabulous foursome:
Doesn't Gen look dashing handling that boat? *Sigh* I'd almost give up Darcy...here's the book's synopsis:
"When his small mountainous country goes to war with the powerful nation of Attolia, Eugenides the thief is faced with his greatest challenge. He must steal a man, he must steal a queen, and he must steal peace.
But his greatest triumph - as well as his greatest loss - can only come if he succeeds in capturing something the Queen of Attolia may have sacrificed long ago."
So this book has an immediate plot twist that makes you shriek "WHAT JUST HAPPENED HERE???". The twist, is good. The thrill as you wait for the next page, is good. Shrieking whenever you get hit by such awesomeness, is bad for your hearing.
So please read this book, it is incredible.Oh and did I mention that it's a bit of a love story? No? Dang. Should have done that...
Have any of you read books that you just absolutely love? I'm always looking for good reads. :)
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
- Write about something ugly — war, fear, hate, cruelty — but find the beauty (silver lining) in it.
- Write a poem about a first romantic experience or encounter.
- He turned the key in the lock and opened the door. To his horror, he saw…
- The doctor put his hand on her arm and said gently, “You or the baby will survive. Not both. I’m sorry.”
- A twinkling eye can mean many things. The one that is twinkling at me right now…
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Right now I currently trying to find the name for my capital city. Just some background on this city, it is freakin huge. Tucked away at the base of some large mountains with a natural harbor leading out to the sea, fishing and selling merchandise are a big part of this city's commerce. It has the School of the Muses (also undergoing a name change) and the army base headquartered there. Marble is a large part of the building materials used in the main structures, as well as some of the darker woods such as black walnut. There are a lot of white/dark contrasts. It is going to be beautiful! But I lack certain artistic skills to make it come to reality on paper...I will give it my best anyway (or ask an artistic friend to put it together ;D ). But back to the name...here's a list I am considering: