“My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying.” ~ Anton Chekhov
“If you don’t listen eagerly to the little stuff when [your children] are little, they won’t tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has always been big stuff.” ~ Catherine M. Wallace, author
I was just looking at a Your Dictionary infographic of ten commonly misspelled or misused words. And I have to admit, I have a problem with some of them. First, the last on the list which and that, I’ll never understand. As far as I’m concerned the two words are often interchangeable. I use whichever one seems to better say whatever it is I am trying to say: Which is the truth. That is the truth.
There is more to creative writing than just making up stories and characters that often seem very real. In some ways making up stuff is one of the perks of being a writer. A writer can live in imaginary worlds and can even make up words such as scrutchel (a word I just made up which I think I will use as using a word that doesn’t exist as a crutch for not wanting to actually find one that means what you want to say).
Of course magic is not limited to paper and words — paint, metal, lights, stone, glass, fabric, even food or
If you have a baby and you’re tired of singing the child to sleep (or in some cases humming) the child to sleep with the same old tunes, you might want to invest in Metallica Lullaby’s. A recording of 11 Metallica songs rearranged into what are advertised as “soothing” lullabies.
A major concern of mine is that this will be the title of my biography. Rather than that title, I’d prefer, “Well, It Was a Good Try.”
I’d love to have thousands and thousands of people read what I write, but that isn’t as important as doing it because even if there are times I don’t think it’s important, I know it is.
Sitting here, day after day, trying to turn ideas into words and sentences and paragraphs that will make enough sense, cast enough of a web to grab the attention
This New Yorker cartoon is paraphrasing Ernest Hemingway: “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
Yes, it was a terrible morning, but at least I got something out of it. If I write enough, I always do…