Fetishizing Masterpieces

Know your literary tradition, savor it, steal from it, but when you sit down to write, forget about worshiping greatness and fetishizing masterpieces. Allegra Goodman What a great way to take the pressure off. I try my best not to let the greats dictate my writing choices but there are many times I get soContinue reading “Fetishizing Masterpieces”

Bearing an Untold Story

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. Maya Angelou I was a quiet kid. I felt like I couldn’t get what I was really thinking and feeling out of my mouth. School was scary but I wanted to be there. I was sensitive. I was quiet. But I wanted toContinue reading “Bearing an Untold Story”

Under Water

All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath. F. Scott Fitzgerald Of all the quotes I’ve posted in the past week, this in one I’ve related to most. Sometimes I get overwhelmed with all the work it takes to write a novel and sometimes I’m floating along enjoying the ideas that come.Continue reading “Under Water”

Just Get It Done

I got to spend a big chunk of the day getting my handwritten edits onto my word doc. I also added a new scene that lit my fire. I have been forgetting a lot lately to have fun with my writing. What made me think of that at all was a conversation with writer, KentContinue reading “Just Get It Done”

Know One Knows

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” Somerset Maugham I appreciate this quote that I found on The Write Practice. It made me smile immediately. We’ve narrowed down writing styles but how to create and finish a novel seems to look different for every writer. I meanContinue reading “Know One Knows”

Having a Dream

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”  Paulo Coelho The possibility of a dream come true makes life interesting because it brings us hope. I used to call hope a lie. I didn’t like hope very much but after some time, I learned to appreciate hope again. I usedContinue reading “Having a Dream”

Ovid’s Writing Life

One of my most favorite poets is Ovid. He was born into a prestigious family who expected him to be a lawyer or official. What intrigues me most about him is that he stepped away from all that and write poetry. He was hailed one of the greatest poets of his generation. What’s wild isContinue reading “Ovid’s Writing Life”

Belly of the Whale

I blew the dust off my Joseph Campbell book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces to brush up on the different parts of the hero’s journey. One of the parts of the journey that caught my eye was Belly of the Whale. According to Joseph Campbell, The idea that the passage of the magical thresholdContinue reading “Belly of the Whale”