Monthly Archives: January 2012

Song Inspiration vol.86 & Writing Exercise

Ray LaMontagne – “Empty”

Writing Exercise: Write a short piece involving this song from two character’s perspectives.

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My 2012: more Palahniuk and more Vonnegut

The title pretty much says it all. In 2012 I want to read more – if not all – Palahniuk and Vonnegut. This will be done baring any plots that I don’t find particularly interesting. But, then again, maybe I should suck it up and read even those works. Although it has been my experience that those books I don’t find interesting, I end up resenting and then end up resenting myself for thinking I would read it. Every book written has an audience that will adore it. The problem is finding that audience and I know, again, through experience, that I am not the audience for some books (and movies). Similarly, not everyone is the audience for my writing. Or maybe they are. But most likely not. Anon, anon. Blah. Happy New Year. 🙂


Song Inspiration vol.85 & Writing Exercise

Kanye and Jay-Z  – “Otis”

Writing Exercise: Incorporate this song into an Action Scene. Then incorporate it into a Love Scene.


Song Inspiration vol.84 & Writing Exercise

MIKA – “Grace Kelly”

Writing Exercise: Your character has just been dumped by their (former) significant other. As they are leaving their former lover’s house after the break-up and before they walk away, they put this song on their iPod and then start their departure. Why? What happens next?


I Love Writer’s Digest, “There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be.”

The most recent issue of Writer’s Digest features great advice specifically focusing on novelists and novel writing. I suggest you pick it up immediately. The quotation in the title is from Doris Lessing.

Some other great quotes:

“There is only one plot – things are not as they seem.” – Jim Thompson

“A book comes and says, ‘Write me.'” – Madeleine L’Engle

“I always start writing with a clean piece of paper and a dirty mind.” – Patrick Dennis

“Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now.” – Annie Dillard


HAPPY NEW YEAR! and “Don’t Break the Chain”!

HAPPY NEW YEAR writers! I’m off to a fantastic start working on a couple articles that I’m going to pitch early next week and then get to editing my “Danny ans Isabelle” manuscript. I’ll be updating everyday from here on out because what’s the point of writing and blogging unless you do it everyday.

With that in mind I would like to remind everyone about Jerry Seinfeld’s method –  brought to us here by The Writer’s Store – called Don’t Break The Chain. It involves motivating yourself to write something or do something directly writing related everyday and as “reward” and for more motivation you make an X-mark. After a few (of even two) days you have a “chain” the point is not to break it. It makes a lot more sense when you take a look at the calender in the above link.

Use it, do it, love it, write it.

And again, Happy New Year!


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