Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"Writing a first draft is very much like watching a Polaroid develop. You can't--and, in fact, you're not supposed to--know exactly what the picture is going to look like until it has finished developing."--Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

Honesty in Writing #amwriting — Life in the Realm of Fantasy

I believe it was Ernest Hemingway that said, "...write the truest sentence you know." This is great advice for writers of all level and ilk...and a lesson I'm still struggling to learn. As writers, we are entertainers. We write books for people who want a diversion from the daily grind. No matter what the subject … Continue reading Honesty in Writing #amwriting — Life in the Realm of Fantasy

Are You a POV Snob? — Story Empire

It's as if she was inside my own head...I've always felt this way, and to date, I've yet to write in first person (other than personal essays, of course). Perhaps it's time I try! Happy January, SEers! Mae here, with my first post of the New Year, and I’m glad to have you with me. … Continue reading Are You a POV Snob? — Story Empire

What’s a McDonald’s? Handling Exposition when you have to Tell Instead of Show. — The Home of Alex Raizman

I love this--just when you think you've read enough about "show, don't tell," something like this comes along...I'm a sucker for concrete examples. One of the first pieces of advice most writers have beaten into them is “Show don’t tell.” The reason this advice is hammered home so hard is because it is, in fact, … Continue reading What’s a McDonald’s? Handling Exposition when you have to Tell Instead of Show. — The Home of Alex Raizman

Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"While it is impossible to make a competent writer out of a bad writer, and while it is equally impossible to make a great writer out of a good one, it is possible, with lots of hard work, dedication, and timely help, to make a good writer out of a merely competent one."--Stephen King, On Writing

Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"Perfectionism will ruin your writing, blocking inventiveness and playfulness and life force...Perfectionism means that you try desperately not to leave so much mess to clean up. But clutter and mess show us that life is being lived."--Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

Limber Up Before Letting Loose: Response to Prompt 15

Well, here it is, kind readers...the last response to the last prompt. Read on, and then try your hand at it when the mood strikes. Writing prompts are a wonderful way to get the creative juices flowing again if you've hit a little dry patch in your writing...or a big dry patch, at that. Take … Continue reading Limber Up Before Letting Loose: Response to Prompt 15