Here are the writing links that I tweeted out last week.
How to Figure Out What [You Really Want] to Write:
When I first saw the movie Contact, I was deeply envious of Jodie Foster’s character, the dedicated and driven astronomer, Dr. Ellie Arroway. Her single-minded pursuit of the truth about extraterrestrial life impressed the hell out of me. She was on a mission, a quest. She wasn’t going to let anything stand in her way. She believed in something, and that belief shaped every detail of who she was and how she lived her life. Because she was sure about what she was doing, she was able to throw herself into the work without reservations or doubts. Her approach was a full-court press that channeled all her energy and effort into achieving a single goal.
I would like to know what that feels like.
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Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.
Here are writing links that I tweeted out last week.
Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress.
Here are Last Weeks Writing Links that I tweeted.
Jack of all trades, master of none? Maybe. Maybe not.
Wesley the Generalist: Abducted by pirates, learned many skills, multi-talented in swordsmanship, poisons, disguise, flora and fauna, sailing, and planning
Inigo the Specialist: Knows only sword fighting, but is really, REALLY good at it.
To niche or not to niche, that is the question. Fiction and commercial writers, journalists and playwrights, beginners of all kinds and established professionals in every writing field – each of them wrestles with the quandary of whether or not to specialize their work around a particular genre, topic, industry, format, style, voice, etc.
If you’ve ever tried to crack the specialist/generalist code, you know what a complex question it is. There are myriad pros and cons on both sides of the debate, and those benefits and pitfalls change as business models evolve (something that seems to be happening at an increasingly rapid pace). Your position…
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- ‘I have just written something amazing…hello…is anyone going to congratulate me?…hello…where is everyone?’
- ‘Man I am writing some really deep stuff!’
- ‘Why oh why do they (characters) have to fall in love minutes before I plan to go to bed?’ Loud sigh!
- ‘It’s past midnight, I am trapped in a plot hole and I could really do with my Writer Fairy Godmother showing up!’
- ‘I can’t go to bed in the middle of this murder scene! Once they’re dead, and I am happy their death was convincing, I will get some sleep!’
- ‘Damn this first paragraph! It’s the early hours and it STILL doesn’t sound right. Must keep rewriting it!’
- ‘Shhhh! Quiet! Typos are close by. I must hunt them all down before dawn’
- ‘How can I go to sleep when these voices in my head are so loud?’
- ‘It must be late as I can’t stop writing unnecessary romantic…
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