Giving myself the morning off, I decided to sit down with a cup of coffee, listen to some Prokofiev, and read poetry. I needed this: I often overwork myself and skip these needed break days. Continue reading “Create!”
It’s National Influences Day!
(And yes I just made that up. Who invented National Funny Socks Day? 🤔😬 Exactly!)
Here are some of my most influential influencers, not only from the literary realm but music and film as well. Continue reading “Happy National Influences Day!!🎉”
Do & Create!
One thing I’ve gotten away from this past year is making the most of my time to progress in my writing life while at my job. I know, I know. You can’t write a novel at your day job. Or CAN you? 🤔 Continue reading “Work at Work”
“Every writer I know has trouble writing.”
— Joseph Heller
It’s true. No matter what you may be feeling or thinking, writing just doesn’t happen for the chosen few, it’s hard damn work for every single writer every single day of their life. Continue reading “Saturday Inspiration”
“When it comes to the reading part of it, there’s a magic moment, a really magic moment—if you read enough, it will always come to you if you want to be a writer—where you put down some book and say, ‘This really SUCKS. I could do better than THIS. And this got PUBLISHED.’” —Stephen King
I love this quote because it reminds us writers that we need a floor as well as a ceiling. Especially right out of college, we get inundated with the flawless prose and poetry of The Greats. Even writers that no one knows about can be detrimental if that’s all we read.
So read some really bad crap! There’s plenty out there. And realize that yes, indeed, you CAN do this and can do it EVEN BETTER than you think!
Create and Complete!
“It’s actually a fact: your adventure is your adventure. And if it is yours, the world will open. Where other people would run into obstacles and blocks, it will open for you. You get on the road, and are thumbing your way. The car that stops has the people in it that are just the ones that can carry you that distance and give you advice and perhaps a five-dollar bill to carry you on the rest of the way.”
Joseph Campbell is such an inspiration to me, not only for his knowledge of ancient myths but simply his storyteller’s character. If you’ve never watched Power of Myth, watch it. It’s great.
But this quote is something I can relate to. It’s as if life moves with you. It’s eerie almost. And the more you let go and believe in yourself, life will somehow aid you.
“Do not do what someone else could do as well as you. Do not say, do not write what someone else could say, could write, as you. Care for nothing in yourself but what you feel exists nowhere else. And, out of yourself create, impatiently or patiently, the most irreplaceable of beings.”
If it takes a few years (or a few decades like it took me) don’t ever stop writing and creating to find your voice. And you will know that it is your true voice as soon as you write something that comes from within you and you exclaim, ‘Oh there you are!’.
I love this quote because it so succinctly commands us what we should be doing–create your self and your style and your art as no one else can do.
And we ALL have that ability. Every single one of us.
In other words, do YOU.
Create and Complete.
“Writing is a very hard thing to do because it covers so long a space of time, and if you get discouraged it is not a bad sign but a good one. If you think you are not doing it well, you are thinking the way real novelists do. I never knew one who did not feel greatly discouraged at times, and some get desperate, and I have always found that to be a good symptom.”
— Maxwell Perkins
“The things that made you weird as a kid will make you great tomorrow.” — James Victore
I first heard this quote from the wonderful podcast “Conversations with Tom” from the episode with Chase Jarvis. Continue reading “Saturday Inspiration”