More Than Dreamt Of

There are more things in heaven and earth, . . . than are dreamt of in your philosophy

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20 Quotes on Writing

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

“Always be a poet, even in prose.”
― Charles Baudelaire

“You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.”
― Saul Bellow

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
― Anton Chekhov

“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”
― Madeleine L’Engle

“I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.”
― Gustave Flaubert

“Tell your story. Don’t try and tell the stories that other people can tell. Any starting writer starts out with other people’s voices. But as quickly as you can start telling the stories that only you can tell, because there will always be better writers than you and there will always be smarter writers than you, but you are the only you.”
― Neil Gaiman

“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”
― Frank Herbert

“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”
― Franz Kafka

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
― Stephen King

“You can make anything by writing.”
― C.S. Lewis

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
― Toni Morrison

“You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.”
― Jodi Picoult

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
― Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

“There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.”
― Beatrix Potter

“The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.”
― Terry Pratchett

“Don’t look back until you’ve written an entire draft, just begin each day from the last sentence you wrote the preceding day. This prevents those cringing feelings, and means that you have a substantial body of work before you get down to the real work which is all in … the edit.”
― Will Self

“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”
― Mark Twain, The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain

“I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done.”
― Steven Wright

‘I Write….’ by Shannon L. Alder

“I write to find strength.
I write to become the person that hides inside me.
I write to light the way through the darkness for others.
I write to be seen and heard.
I write to be near those I love.
I write by accident, promptings, purposefully and anywhere there is paper.
I write because my heart speaks a different language that someone needs to hear.
I write past the embarrassment of exposure.
I write because hypocrisy doesn’t need answers, rather it needs questions to heal.
I write myself out of nightmares.
I write because I am nostalgic, romantic and demand happy endings.
I write to remember.
I write knowing conversations don’t always take place.
I write because speaking can’t be reread.
I write to sooth a mind that races.
I write because you can play on the page like a child left alone in the sand.
I write because my emotions belong to the moon; high tide, low tide.
I write knowing I will fall on my words, but no one will say it was for very long.
I write because I want to paint the world the way I see love should be.
I write to provide a legacy.
I write to make sense out of senselessness.
I write knowing I will be killed by my own words, stabbed by critics, crucified by both misunderstanding and understanding.
I write for the haters, the lovers, the lonely, the brokenhearted and the dreamers.
I write because one day someone will tell me that my emotions were not a waste of time.
I write because God loves stories.
I write because one day I will be gone, but what I believed and felt will live on.”
― Shannon L. Alder

5 tips for successful publishing learned from the independent author conference

https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2018/11/12/5-tips-for-successful-publishing-and-book-marketing-lessons-learned-from-the-independent-author-conference/

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Should Authors’ Unfinished Works be Completed? 

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/terry-pratchett-book-unfinished-steamroller-destroyed-hisworld-discworld-a7919426.html

http://theconversation.com/should-authors-unfinished-works-be-completed-83407

BBC News: Toronto Film Festival: 7 screenwriting tips from Aaron Sorkin

I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:

Toronto Film Festival: 7 screenwriting tips from Aaron Sorkin – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-41211061

Einstein on Fairy Tales

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
― Albert Einstein

Coming Soon: The Misadventures of President Dullard J. Megalomaniac

Doing his damnedest to make America grate (again).

How Episode VII could have ended . . .

This week, the Daily Post challenges us to write a post that goes against the conventional wisdom — to reinterpret something, to tell the world about an unconventional view, or to help see an old story in a new light.

So:

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away . . .

Scene: a vibrant planet, on one of the beautifully mountainous rocky outcrop islands dotting a pristine and mighty endless blue ocean.

A young woman climbs a rough-hewn stone stairway. She arrives at the top, where she finds primitive stone structures and, standing some forty feet away from her, a robed man standing with his back to her.

She stares for a seemingly endless moment until finally he turns to face her, and pulls his hood back to reveal his face.

He is older; wizened and bearded. Their eyes connect.

The young woman reaches into her pack and withdraws a long-lost item of great value, which had once belonged to the man’s father. She holds it out to him: a tribute

Nodding, the man begins to speak in low, gravelly tones.

“Do they suspect?”

The girls lowers her head in cold reverence.

“No . . , my master.”

inspired by
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
written by Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams & Michael Arndt
based on characters created by George Lucas

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