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“Sometimes waiting is the hardest thing of all.” ― Luanne Rice

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Day #10. From time to time, I dream of being on the NYT Bestseller List, winning a pulitzer or buying a beautiful house. And, of course, for any or all of those things to come to pass, I’ll just have to wait. Patience has never been one of my virtues. I don’t pace myself. Boxes of chocolates don’t last long in my hands. I don’t like to wait. But, of course, there are many things in life we have to wait for. Sometimes we wait for years. But, so long as we take care to love the life we have, to nurture & appreciate it, then waiting becomes exciting instead, as exciting as the countdown to Christmas.

“I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.” ― Pearl S. Buck

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Day #6. I used to believe in the capricious, creative muse who’d strike when she pleased. I believed I had to woo her, that all conditions had to be right to write. I don’t anymore. If you wait ’till you feel right to write or live, you’ll be waiting forever. If you want to achieve any artistic endeavour you must also be willing to work even when you’re not in the mood. Then, when a flash of inspiration strikes, you’ll be there to catch it.

The beginning…

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Don’t give your backstory upfront. Begin with an explosion – emotional or physical – Explain it later.

It’s very tempting to start by telling the reader about the protagonist/world/dilemma. But the most enticing way to open a book is to plunge straight into a compelling scene – one that reveals all of the above through action rather than prose.

Many beginner writers tell too much at first, thinking they need to explain everything. You don’t. Begin with an explosion. Explain it later. What you leave out is as important as what you put in.