90 results for 'writing'
... what’ll cause you to rise above the pack, but never stop thanking those who helped you, retuning them some favors, believing in their individual efforts and goals, and helping them gain whatever it is they’re seeking to achieve.
I wrote in a previous article how I told very few of my writing efforts when I started. That I didn’t want to risk receiving any negative, or discouraging words along the way which could detract from remaining focused. This was my personal decision, and one I stand behind. But, on the flip side, I did have those who knew what I was doing before, during,... (more)
"Stopping a piece of work just because it's hard, either EMOTIONALLY, or IMAGINATIVELY, is a bad idea. Sometimes you need to go on when you don't feel like it, and sometimes you're doing good work when it feels like all you're managing is to shovel shit from a sitting position." ~~ Stephen King, On Writing(more)
Daylight is an old man sitting outside the jagged shack...
Hand on cane chin on hand.
And his old soul is a butterfly sitting in the brink of time.
A moment decisive. And me too--tested has been the day.
Empty handed I befall lips sealed windswept
I am the old man.
Have you ever felt this way before?... And I was struck all at once how life was out there going through its regular courses, and I was caught in its whirlpool; suspended, waiting, caught in a cell within a cell; between living my life and not living it the way I... (more)
Writing can be extremely challenging. It can keep you from sleeping, eating, and being around people. It can cause you more stress than you can imagine when all you’re trying to do is produce a story which you love, and believe others will feel the same toward. You see, when you’re not writing just to please yourself, an audience of one, but to sell your story to the literary marketplace, it can quickly become one of the hardest actions you’ll ever do. You must be completely excited about the story, its characters, its places, sounds and energy; because if you don’t, others simply will not.... (more)
...placement English class my last year, though I couldn't understand why. But on that final day, my teacher, Mrs. Marcheta Huerter, called me aside as my classmates ran from the room, whooping and hollering with glee. Mrs. Huerter looked me in the eyes and said, quite bluntly, "Never stop writing." Her words have stayed with me all these years.
Sadly, I got sidetracked. I majored in Geology in college, not realizing that Texas A&M University didn't have the program I'd been wanting. I wasn't writing, and didn't undrestand it was the path I should have taken. I finally... (more)
I've been spending a few weeks in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. That's in the northwest corner of the state, where the Ozarks meet WalMart. I'm at the Writers' Colony, a place where authors can go to just write, to just have the freedom to create. Of course nobody can create twenty-four seven, especially when they like to eat out as much as I. The area is a veritable nirvana of fried chicken and barbeque. There's also some great Italian and wondrous cobbler. Let's put it this way: the food in Eureka is so good that I can even forgive the occasional use of Velveta.
Like many tourist places,... (more)
...and networking might seem overwhelming but there are fantastic opportunities to take from it, not least of all the possibility of getting direct and constructive feedback from your readers. If you're working on your second book, it is incredibly helpful to receive this feedback as you're writing and know what the readers like or dislike. So instead of writing novel one and having novel two written before your first ever sees publication, you can be using readers' comments to shape your second novel into a tour de force as you're producing it.
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I couldn't help but wonder how people would react towards blogging these days. In a nutshell, if it were the early 90's there wouldn't be such a thing. Most popularly, there were journalists and newspaper columns where readers couldn't talk or share constructive criticism. If Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City would've stepped out of the tube in 2000 and not in 1998, she would've been a blogger. In essence, "Carrie the Blogger" would've been a success! Yet it seemed as she was allergic to the internet and only used the famous Apple for word processing her articles. Therefore, "Carrie the... (more)
...Ugly Spirit, available in 2011. He also wrote a master's thesis entitled, "Causes of Unease: The Rhetoric of Horror Fiction and Film." Available in an ivory tower near you. Benjamin lives in Southern California with his wife and daughter, both lovely and both worthy of better. When he isn't writing, reading, guitaring, he's defending California's waterways and sewers from pollution.
Thank you for this interview, Benjamin. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
A: Well, aside from the things mentioned in my bio, I occasionally have a... (more)
I will write tonight...
For the sake of my assuaging heart.
So what if I haven't felt sad for a while?
So what if my heart is no longer fragile?
So what if now I wear a smile?
So what if I've crossed a thousand miles...
from that pain that had killed me inside out,
from that disbelief that left incessant doubts.My words can be my partner
on my way to joy,
if then I was destined to sorrow
now I've a right to enjoy.
He should never know he changed me,
And that's my plan of ploy.(more)