Saturday Creativity Quote — accepting self-criticism
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3d ago
I’m deep in a first draft, at that stage where I’m not sure that anything I’m doing makes any sense, that I’ll be able to make it make sense, or that readers will care. Whether you write, paint, make music, or create in any of countless other ways, I am confident that you know the feeling. And that’s about the only thing I’m confident of write — er, right — now. So I like these words from my favorite blogs on writing, one of the contributors I always read because I always know she’ll give me useful, practical insights. “Accept that your work will never feel satisfactory, because without that ..read more
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Saturday Creativity Quote — Mosley on plot
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1w ago
“Plot is the structure of revelation–that is to say, it is the method with which you will impart important details of the story so that the reader will know just enough to be engaged while still wanting to know more.” – Walter Mosley, This Year You Write Your Novel ..read more
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Saturday Creativity Quote — more on the value of a schedule
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2w ago
I’ve been emphasizing the value of a schedule, of a regular commitment to writing. One more quote to bolster that: “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days.” — Annie Dillard, in The Writing Life What’s my routine? After decades working as a lawyer in firms and courts, now that I’m pretty much writing fulltime, I still keep office hours. Ideally, I’m “on the page” — that is, writing or editing — by 8:30, sometimes 9:00. I work until just afte ..read more
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Pepper’s Bookshelf – Between a Wok and a Dead Place
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2w ago
(With the Lunar New Year approaching, I went to the blog in search of this post to share it again and discovered I’d never posted it! But if you enjoy a bit of seasonal reading, then the timing is just right!) Spice Shop readers tell me they love spotting names of books and authors they recognize and potential new reads on Pepper’s bookshelves, both in her loft and in the shop. And Pepper and Kristen, who handles most of the Spice Shop’s book buying, love creating seasonal book displays. For the Lunar New Year, they’ve set out several foodie cozies with an Asian theme: Vivian Chien’s noodle s ..read more
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Saturday Creativity Quote — keeping a routine
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3w ago
You’ve all heard me talk about intentional creativity and the importance of making a commitment to do the work, whatever your work is. It’s easy to start the year excited about our creative plans, but sometimes we need a little help making them become reality. Pencils (photo by the author) That’s where a creative routine comes in. As my writer pal Mark Hummel, who also writes as Mark Leichliter, says, “The trick is to put writing first even if it isn’t literally the first thing you do, and if it’s not, then creating a ironclad routine to which you adhere . . . That can be to write an hour befo ..read more
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Countdown to the Lunar New Year!
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3w ago
Book cover for Between a Wok and a Dead Place The Year of the Dragon! So fiery after the sweet and mild year of the Rabbit. (HA! Have you been paying attention to the world? The dragon it is!) The Lunar New Year arrives on Sat, Feb 10, so I’m celebrating with a countdown. After all, my latest Spice Shop mystery, Between a Wok and a Dead Place, is set at the Lunar New Year. For the next 10 days, I’ll be sharing snippets of the story and its origins, recipes, other books of the season, and more. And there will be giveaways — signed paperbacks and audio codes. Ceremonial gate, Seattle’s Chinatown ..read more
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The Saturday Creativity Quote — stuck on what happens next?
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1M ago
“If you are stuck and asking what should happen next, head straight for what cannot happen. That’s the direction you want to go. The goal is not to play within the rules, but to break them. Story is not about what is realistic, reasonable, safe and ordinary. It is about the extreme things that happen to people who are not ready. It’s about the dramatic things that people like you and me might do-but do not-under duress.” – Don Maass, Writer Unboxed: It Can’t Happen Here, 3/4/2020 I first heard Don say this years ago when he spoke at the Flathead River Writers Conference held by the Authors of ..read more
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The Saturday Creativity Quote — the importance of writing from within
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“Good writing is remembering detail. Most people want to forget. Don’t forget things that were painful or embarrassing or silly. Turn them into a story that tells the truth.” — Paula Danziger “If you do not tell the truth about yourself, you cannot tell it about other people.” — Virginia Woolf “You are a writer. You have a story to tell. You have something worthwhile to say. What you’ve already learned on your journey will play a part in what you write, one way or another. And your writing has a job to do: entertainment, teaching, healing, passing on wisdom or passion or comfort.” – Juliet Mar ..read more
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The Saturday Creativity Quote — outlining a book you admire
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1M ago
One of the best tools for improving our writing is to analyze what we read. I mentioned this last week when I talked about reading. Let’s take that to the next level. “The ability to see our own work clearly is one of the greatest challenges of writing. Authors fill in the blanks of their characters and world and stories in their heads without realizing whether it’s coming across effectively on the page to readers. It’s almost impossible to assess our own work as objectively as we can with other people’s.” — editor and novelist Tiffany Yates Martin, writing on publishing guru Jane Friedman’s b ..read more
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The Saturday Creativity Quote — simple tools for improving our work
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1M ago
I’ve been talking a lot here lately about the importance of diving in, of getting started. Of moving past our fears and doubts and into the work. Sometimes that means pausing to look more deeply at those fears and doubts, investigating what is holding us back from actually doing the work. Sometimes it means finding tools that help us deepen and improve our work. I’ll be talking about a few of those tools over the next few weeks. First up, reading. Reading like a writer. In On Writing, Stephen King famously wrote “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write ..read more
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