Hope you have fun on MY special day!
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Hope you have fun on MY special day!
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
A few weeks ago, I popped onto twitter and found one of my writer heros about to give an interview on the radio. Ya'll probably know her: Jane Friedman. She has a terrific blog, however, she's turned it over to Porter Anderson while she concentrates on a new project. Now Jane is web editor for the Virginia Quarterly Review.
Anyway, I tuned in to Jane on the radio. Yep, I took notes!
Jane also said if there's one quality we need to instill in ourselves, it's patience because success takes time. Small actions every day during a long period of time is what will get us where we want to be.
She also gave a few tips on blogging among other things and after the interview, I tweeted 'well done' and told her I needed to take a hard look at my blog. Here's what she said:
So my question is: how do I strengthen and take it to the next level? Any suggestions?
Monday, July 16, 2012
I've finished reading This Year You Write Your Novel and I wasn't disappointed in it. It was wonderful all the way through, from beginning to end. I might be quoting from it for a long time. Near the end of the book, Mosley writes: And so when you perused the previous pages, you may have been a little let down. Perhaps you were looking for an epiphany, and all you found was a joke. If you find that the previous paragraph expresses your feelings, I say, "Don't despair." This book is meant only to teach the rudiments of novel writing. Greatness lies in the heart of the writer, not in technique.
That comment from Mosley brought tears to my eyes. Why? Because of his honest voice. Because of his sincerity. Because I can look back on every word he wrote in this small book and know that his heart was open and sharing. When i finished This Year You Write Your Novel, I felt/feel rejuvenated and anxious to get back to my own rewriting. I have specific things I can look for, listen for as I revise. I also picked up Mosley's novel The Man In My Basement. The first page yanked me into the story and wouldn't let me go.
The Denver Post called Mosley one of the country's best writers. The New York Times states: Mosley is a kind of jazz musician, a Wynton Marsalis of the printed page..."
We would do well to find our own rhythm, allow our characters to live and march to their own beat. One way we do that is to read other writers, read poetry, write, read aloud and rewrite. Do you think of your novel as a song? Do you think it makes sense to do so? Why or why not?
If you'd like to learn more about Walter Mosley, try THIS interesting article from 2010.
Friday, July 13, 2012
~Walter Mosley, from This Year You Write Your Novel
I'm reading This Year You Write Your Novel by Walter Mosley. I picked it up the other day because I've been wanting to read it and because it's very short--less than 25,000 words, with lots of punch. I'm reading with hi-liter in hand, marking those passages that make me want to toss the book aside and get back to writing. Those are the good ones. Good, GREAT passages inspire me, motivate me, make me wiggle on the sofa with anticipation for my own writing accomplishments.
Walter Mosley is the author of 38+ books, including the Easy Rawlins and Fearless Jones mysteries, as well as numerous other works of fiction and nonfiction. He knows the value of a word and gets right to the point in this how-to book. I highly recommend it. You can go to Amazon to read many wonderful reviews but don't be swayed by those few naysayers who whine. They wanted an easy fix to their writing problems and expected Mosley to give it to them. Believe me when I say, I have almost every writing book available. They say the same thing over and over and over again. What differentiates them is the author's voice, his passion and his way of explaining something. The fact that Mosley has a straightforward, honest voice and didn't bloviate makes this book a winner!
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Blakely said "I didn't tell friends and family my idea for a year; your ideas are the most vulnerable in the moment you have them. People will tell you things that will stop you dead in your tracks, and you have to explain the idea instead of pursuing it."
Did you get that? You have to explain the idea, defend it, instead of pursuing it. That's exactly the way I feel about my writing. If I sense negativity toward an idea, a proposal, my plot, I have a very difficult time going forward with it. I'm filled with doubt.
Blakely says we need to trust our gut.