Carrie is a bit burnt out this week so we decided to take a fast look at the advice and quotes that writers give to each other.
“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”
Mr. King has strong feelings about adverbs. He has strong feelings about a lot of things. Just because a successful man has strong feelings about things doesn't mean he's correct.
“Know your literary tradition, savor it, steal from it, but when you sit down to write, forget about worshiping greatness and fetishizing masterpieces.”
This is just here because it has the word 'fetish' in it, but the truth of it is pretty obvious. Don't write because you want to be John Steinbeck or God or Toni Morrison. Write because you want to be you.
“There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be.”
Many agents, editors, readers and critics would disagree with Doris.
“The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.”
“I don’t know about lying for novelists. I look at some of the great novelists, and I think the reason they are great is that they’re telling the truth. The fact is they’re using made-up names, made-up people, made-up places, and made-up times, but they’re telling the truth about the human being—what we are capable of, what makes us lose, laugh, weep, fall down, and gnash our teeth and wring our hands and kill each other and love each other.” - Maya Angelou
These are my favorite quotes about writing ever. Writing is about being understood and communicating truths that go straight inside of the reader and helps them see their truths, too, truths and connections.
“Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.”
― Lisa See
Like any craft, when you read other people's stories, it helps you see how to construct your own.
Advice can be take it or leave it, but try to remember to be yourself.
You can learn a lot about your craft by seeing other dogs' techniques. Don't be afraid to be learned.
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It’s Writing Tip Time and we’re going to give you three fast and dirty writing tips today that’s going to make your writing more intense. Ready? Think about your tense What’s that mean? It means don’t be writing like things are happening now and then shift over to writing like things were happening in the past. If you want the most immediate writing experience, write in the present tense. Here’s a quick example: I lost feeling on my entire left side of my body during our long run on Friday. I thought I might be having a stroke. That’s in the past tense, right? We read this, notice it’s in the first person and figure that the narrator has survived because she’s telling us about this after-the-fact. Try it out in the present tense: I lose feeling on my entire left side of my body during our long run. I think I might be having a stroke. It’s more intense, right? Let’s make it more intense. Intense dog look from Sparty Take out the distancing words. In first person especially, it’s really hard to get away from a lot of lookingand knowingand words that pull us out of the moment and the immediacy of the character’s experience. Distancing language tends to be the words like ...
So, last month Carrie was on an airplane, where she was trapped on a Philadelphia runway for awhile. Okay, hours. And someone kept expelling gas out the rectum. In Shaun language that means fart. Anyways, they were all trapped there, smelling this smell, and it was bad. Not bad enough for them to cancel the flight, which has allegedly happened in the past, but it was bad. We're not talking about the nice kind of dutch ovens from Le Creuset where you make phenomenal meals. We're talking about the kind where you're in bed with someone and you make a bad smell and then yank up the covers and trap your loved one in there so they must smell the smell and they can't escape. What does this have to do with writing? Dutch ovens are all about being trapped in a situation you'd rather not be in, right? That tension and need to escape is a big part of writing, especially writing thrillers. Writing Tension Tip #1 Writers need tension in their story, but you don't want to kill your reader with that tension. Your tension has a goal and a purpose. It's not just thrown in there for no reason. It's like when you're in a fight. You don't throw a punch without a purpose. You want to knock someone down. Tension is like that. But if you let it all loose at once (think bad gas) and then trap someone in there with it? ...
Hey! We’re going to start the year off right by talking about porn. What the what? And this is your year to give up porn. And no. We aren’t talking about erotica. We’re talking about what self-help guru Tim Denning calls “addictive habits.” He uses the word porn to grab attention (it works if you’re here) and explain how these addictions are everywhere. He then categorizes all the different types of porn we have. There’s lifestyle porn – sitting on the toilet and whipping out your phone. There’s money porn – always being on your phone or laptop so that you can earn that “100,000 in five months,” always reading the article or watching the podcast to figure out how to make that money super quickly. There’s startup porn, which is basically being addicted to starting new businesses so you can get that money. There’s revenge porn where you are a mean punk on social media, hurting people’s feelings in comments, subtweets, or messages. There’s real porn. We don’t need to explain that, right? There’s influencer porn where you are all about your brand and selfish instead of giving. I think there are a lot more addictions than that. There’s the: Diet Addiction You think you’ll be happy if you just lose that 40 pounds but you keep hopping from one diet to another. The Outside Photos Addiction You think everyone wants to see your vista photos. Television, Video, and Gaming Addictions You spend all your time consuming other people’s content and escaping. Escaping is fantastic, but you don’t want to do it all the time. Denning writes: “The secret to kill all forms of porn is discipline.“Discipline yourself to focus on what you know is good for you.“You have a list of habits already ...