StoryADay

Quotes and snippets of interest to short story writers from the host of StoryADay.org, a short story writing challenge.

“[Cezanne] was keenly aware of his historical position. He felt that he was going to go in the history books, so he wanted to make sure to be distinctive.”

– Benedict Leca, director of curatorial affairs at the Art Gallery of Hamilton in Ontario, Canada, on NPR’s Morning Edition http://www.npr.org/2014/07/10/330159592/for-paul-cezanne-an-apple-a-day-kept-obscurity-away

“…and then shit happens because you accidentally fucked up in dogged pursuit of your desires.”

– Chuck Wendig on Motivation, Action and Consequence in fiction, http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2014/07/07/mac-motivation-action-consequence-when-creating-characters/

“…with fiction and non-fiction — I make sure that I’ve decided exactly to whom I am writing the book, long before I even begin. Each one of my books has been written to a different person, and always to somebody I know well. I find that this is almost the most important decision (“Who exactly is it for?”) because that intimacy with my imagined reader will completely determine my voice and how I tell the story. I think it’s important to keep that one reader in mind as you write, and to hold yourself accountable to the duty of delighting them or transporting them as well as you can.”

– Elizabeth Gilbert, http://feedly.com/k/1t3bDqP

“Hachette authors are getting screwed because they signed away their rights to Hachette, trusting that publisher to make business deals that best serve them. If Hachette can’t make a deal with the biggest retailer of books in the world, Hachette is the problem.”

– Joe Konrath, 

Five Ways to Reconnect with Your Book »

amandaonwriting:

Perhaps you’re just starting out with your first novel. Maybe it’s your third and you’re struggling to meet a deadline. All of us, at some stage, need to regroup, reconnect and refocus on our writing projects. To make it a little bit easier, here are five approaches that can speed up the process.

  1. Writer’s Card. Write down your goals. Do this even if you’ve written them down before. It may be a good idea to write it down on an index or post card so that it’s portable—that way you can keep it in your bag, as a bookmark, or pin it to the fridge. This will be a daily reminder of your writing goals. Try to make them as realistic as possible, even if it’s a page or paragraph a day.
  2. Claim a Corner. Virginia Woolf said a woman needed a room of her own if she was to write fiction. A study or library of one’s own—male or female, fiction or non-fiction—is great. But all you really need is a corner of your own: a little dedicated patch somewhere in the house to keep your laptop, pencils, and notepads. Keep all your stuff in one place and it will be easier to reconnect with your project every day.
  3. Favourite’s Shelf. Sometimes we forget why we started reading and writing in the first place. Make a shelf of just your favourite books—look at your list of Top 26 Books in Writers Write. They can be novels, non-fiction books, children’s books or books on writing. It doesn’t matter as long as they serve as a tangible reminder of a long-held dream.
  4. Time Away. Once a week, take yourself out to a coffee shop, a bookshop with a reading nook or even a quiet park or garden. For at least an hour, immerse yourself in a reading or writing project—it could be free writing in your journal or catching up on a novel you’ve been dying to read. By immersing yourself in a quiet place and a single project, you will teach yourself to focus.
  5. Creative Fuel. Every artist or writer needs support from other creative souls. They share our energy—and feed our creativity. Another writer understands the little triumphs and the major disappointments. You may want to join a writing club or circle, go to an author evening or book signing to meet other writers, or simply go for a coffee with another writer. The race is always easier when there’s a voice on the grandstand shouting your name.

by Anthony Ehlers for Writers Write

Great advice here. We don’t just become writers…we have to take action!

My father could have been a great comedian…instead he got a safe job as an accountant; and when I was 12 years old he was let go from that safe job…

I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want. So you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.

– Jim Carrey

I believe the most important single thing, beyond disciple and creativity, is daring to dare. - Maya Angelou

I believe the most important single thing, beyond disciple and creativity, is daring to dare. - Maya Angelou

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
-Maya Angelou

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

-Maya Angelou

If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be - Maya Angelou

If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be - Maya Angelou

People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel

People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel