Monthly Archives: December 2011

Song Inspiration vol. 83

Brand New – “The Quiet Things That Know One Ever Knows”

I love the title of this song.

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WD: 90 Quotes About Writing

The awesome folks at Writer’s Digest compiled this list of “The 90 Secrets of Bestselling Authors”. Brian Klems also pared it down to his 7 “must reads”.

My favourites:

“Two questions form the foundation of all novels: ‘What if?’ and ‘What next?’ (A third question, ‘What now?’, is one the author asks himself every 10 minutes or so; but it’s more a cry than a question.) Every novel begins with the speculative question, What if ‘X’ happened? That’s how you start.” —Tom Clancy

“Don’t quit. It’s very easy to quit during the first 10 years. Nobody cares whether you write or not, and it’s very hard to write when nobody cares one way or the other. You can’t get fired if you don’t write, and most of the time you don’t get rewarded if you do. But don’t quit.” – Andre Dubus

“Writing is like being in love. You never get better at it or learn more about it. The day you think you do is the day you lose it. Robert Frost called his work a lover’s quarrel with the world. It’s ongoing. It has neither a beginning nor an end. You don’t have to worry about learning things. The fire of one’s art burns all the impurities from the vessel that contains it.”
—James Lee Burke Continue reading


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