Today, and especially the last month in particular, has been a news junkie’s delight. With major historical events occurring in Iraq, Syria, West Africa, the Ukraine, the U.S. and most recently the British Isles, there is a lot of conflict in the world, capable of fueling the various news outlets for a long time. This situation is great for journalists, newscasters, filmmakers, commentators and political pundits. It is also a rich resource for novelists, comedians, short story writers, screenwriters and playwrights…….. but in a different way. The following quotes mostly ignores all the world troubles and instead is drawn from the rich world of writers commenting on their craft. Hope you enjoy this Sunday’s selection.
P.S. Each quote is supplied with a link to the appropriate blog.
1. “A lot of people think I had such a rosy career, but I wanted to identify that one of the things that helps you have a long career is learning how to deal with adversity, how to get past it.” 19-time All-Star baseball player Cal Ripken, Jr.
2. “A few aspiring authors get to stay home and write all day. Think of them as the 1%.”
3. “Have fun. Have as much (effing) fun as you can.”
4. “Something to marvel at. 1 out of every 20 books was written by E.L. James.”
6. “but if you can find the time to write a number of days or nights a week, even if it’s just five hundred words – that process will help free up your subconscious. And that’s where so many good ideas come from, so many good characters, so many good connections between characters, so many great plot ideas.” writing advice from Thomas Keneally
7. “Anything that comes out of the South is going to be called grotesque by the Northern reader, unless it is grotesque, in which case it is going to be called realistic.“ by Flannery O’Connor
8. “Simple words can become clever phrases
And chapters could turn into books
If I could just get in on paper
But it’s harder that it ever looks
If I could Just Get It on Paper
Lyrics by Jimmy Buffett
9. “Never sign any deal for more than a ten year term.”
10. “The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” —Yasutani Roshi
11. “She’s a charming middle age lady with a face like a bucket of mud and if she’s washed her hair since Coolidge’s second term, I’ll eat my spare tire, rim and all.” by Raymond Chandler
12. “Getting it published in the present climate is the heartbreak, but there’s always Amazon.”
And as an extra bonus here is a simple outline on how to write a good ghost story. With all the killing and dying that is going on these days, this might be especially good advice for aspiring writers.
Well, the basic plot of a ghost story goes something like this:
- A ghost shows up.
- The ghost gets scarier.
- The ghost gets even scarier.
- The ghost becomes truly horrifying.
- The protagonist figures out what to do about it.