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 get real time. Sorry. It’s because I (Carrie)was thinking about how I can write 500 words so quickly when they aren’t supposed to be truth, but when they are about my own life I stare and stare and stare at the blank computer screen and wonder what I’m doing being a writer at all. AND THIS FREAKED ME OUT. “Just write 500 words about your own life,” I tell myself in sentence form inside my head. “That’s not much. You can do this. Five hundred words.” And then I give myself the finger, because pep talks drive me crazy. They feel like platitudes and I don’t believe in words any more. I believe in actions. Sometimes. Only sometimes. So, our daughter Em has made it through basic training and officer candidate school, which was actually more brutal than basic training since it involved nine-mile ruck marches/runs carrying massive packs, along with the regular things they did in basic – timed runs, sit-ups, push-up, lifting. She made it through, but with hip and back pain. “A girl s**8 her pants during the final run. I got off okay,” she says. So she had some perspective. Another guy didn’t take water in his Camelback or canteen, running with weight at a nine-mile pace in the August heat of Southern Georgia. He passed out. And she had more perspective. And perspective? That’s a good thing. It’s what every parent wants for their kid and for their own self. After a few months in limbo at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma, her first day of field artillery officer training begins. I send her a text that says I LOVE YOU. ...
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