A reminder as finals approuch
Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life.
~ Lawrence Kasdan
The work of a writer.
What no wife of a writer can ever understand is that a writer is working when he’s staring out of the window. ~Burton Rascoe
When King Lear dies in Act V, do you know what Shakespeare has written? He’s written, “He dies.” That’s all; nothing more. No fanfare, no metaphor, no brilliant final words. The culmination of the most influential work of dramatic literature is, “He dies.” It takes Shakespeare, a genius, to come up with, “He dies.” And yet every time I read those two words, I find myself overwhelmed with dysphoria. And I know it’s only natural to be sad, but not because of the words “He dies.” but because of the life we saw prior to the words.
—Mr. Edward Magorium from Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium
All the more reason why to keep writing.
If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.
Why to Practice Writing.
I listened to a speaker recently who gave some tips to success, and, although he spoke at a nursing convention, I found them very practical for writing.
1) Find your gift.
2) Developed your gift, because people don’t pay for average.
That average part caught my ear and yet, it is so true. People, no matter who they are, want to read the best there is out there. People don’t want to read only a mediocre book. Although a few mediocre books do become best sellers, and make people a whole bunch of money, is the teenage audience of twilight going to come back and read the twentieth book she writes, in fifteen years from now? But will the person who loves reading, and who found an excellent book, come back and read that author’s twentieth book?
I can answer most assuredly–yes. Because a good author–a truly good author–is a jewel that someone holds onto for forever, unless that author goes downhill. (I had that happen to me. It’s truly a sad event.)
As writers, remember, people don’t pay for average, so develop your craft.
What is science fiction?
Besides questioning the “what if” of our world today, science fiction apparently has a lot of other things to offer.
Science fiction films are not about science. They are about disaster, which is one of the oldest subjects of art.
But it’s not all hopeless.
Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not.
How much money do you get?
Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.
~ Jules Renard
Much too true. :(