Saturday, April 21, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
· Here's a great list, from Charlotte Dillon's website, of points that should be included at the end of a book! I used it as a checklist and hope it helps you too .
Starts with crisis, where the worst that can happen happens-- the supreme test, the forced confrontation with the internal conflict.
· Plunges protagonist into the dark moment, where lies despair, fear of failure... and the decision to do what it takes to recover, including overcoming the internal conflict.
· Forces a decision on the protagonist which leads to the action that brings on the climax.
· In the climax, brings the external conflict to explosion and, through effective protagonist action, resolves it.
· In the resolution, restores the world to order, but shows the changes that result from the plot events.
Monday, April 9, 2012
"It's never too late---in fiction or in life---to revise." Nancy Thayer
"And, by the way, everything in life is writable if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt." Sylvia Plath
"there is more to sex appeal than just measurements.
I don't need a bedroom to prove my womanliness
i can convey just as much sex appeal, picking apples off
a tree or standing in the rain."
Saturday, April 7, 2012
1. Notepad function on a phone-whether it's jotting down a random thought or sensory detail around me, this program is a great way to record ideas so my mind is always in writing mode
2. Reading--sifting through quotes, newspaper articles, or other blogs keeps me stimulated and inspired
3. Conversing with friends--Where do we get our best dialogue from? Our best conflicts? For me, it's from the experiences my friends, family, and I have actually been through. When someone is venting to me, they're teaching me to understand their own motivations and desires.
"I do some of my best writing while washing the dishes." Ann Lamott
How do you write when you don't have time?
Hope everyone is having a great weekend!
Friday, April 6, 2012
Unfortunately, I've received it throughout the years, as most people have, in snide remarks and worse---complete disappearance but acting like things are fine on the surface. It's not a constant. I've found that sometimes, when a person's own circumstances become more favorable, the jealousy wanes and things return to how they were.
I had a guy friend who told me he couldn't be my friend anymore because he was always hoping we would end up together. While it hurt to let him go, I appreciated the courage it took for him to admit that. Of course, there are people who never admit to any sort of jealousy or doing anything wrong, which is fine as well but I don't have room for that in my life. Maybe it's not about the actual jealousy itself but how we react to it.
The right amount can encourage you to strive for more; too much can turn you into a pool of insecurity and denial.