Friday, July 26, 2013

Like breathing


For as long as I can remember, I have always loved to read and write. For me, it is like breathing. I have to write. It's really almost an involuntary response. I have an insatiable appetite for reading and a clandestine love affair with words. It gives me immense pleasure finding just the right word to use when writing. Writing, to me, is like slicing slowly through a delectable piece of Filet Mignon and savoring each tender, juicy bite. There's nothing quite like feasting on a well-written book or knowing I've written something good, something that affects the reader and touches their soul.

It's this desire that compels me to keep writing, keep reading. I think the Sinclair Lewis quote above is what every writer feels, yet, inherently, wants others to have as well.

Friday, July 19, 2013

A few good quotes

I think it's time for some laughter...with a wee bit of truth.

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
― Ernest Hemingway

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

“Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”
― Mark Twain

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

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

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”
― Ana├»s Nin

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”
― Robert Frost

“Read, read, read. Read everything -- trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it.
Then write. If it's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out of the window.”
― William Faulkner

"But beyond this, my son, be warned: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body."
 ― The Bible, Ecclesiastes 12:12


Saturday, July 13, 2013

Ripples

One of the best things about the writing conference I attended this past April is the amazing list of resources I now have. My workshop note pages are filled with a copious amount of book titles. One such book title is "A Real Emotional Girl" by Tanya Chernov. Ms. Chernov was one of the speakers/authors on the conference panel. I knew it was a memoir on the loss of her father, and identifying with loss is what drew me to it. I finished the book in a matter of days. If this doesn't impress you, it should! I haven't read a book that voraciously since before I had children.

I identified, of course, with her grief journey in many ways. It never fails to amaze me how a book can take a person's lifetime and encapsulate it in a matter of any given number of pages. It's a beautifully written book, honestly raw in it's portrayal of grief, and one I highly recommend.

 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Monday or Friday - who cares?

So my goal was to blog every Friday. Which is great as a goal. As reality, however, well....life sorta gets in the way. Just keeping it real, ya'll. Anyhoo - the fireworks from the 4th are all spent and we didn't make it rich playing Bingo. I did, however, manage to get in some quality reading time. I actually finished a free Kindle book I had gotten a while back called, "Blue Hole Back Home." Wow. Powerful book by a great writer. What surprised me was the fact that I almost missed this book! It wasn't something I would have ever picked up on my own, but since I got it for free, I downloaded it. I'm definitely glad I did.

Other books on my Kindle shelf:

Desperate - Hope for the mom who needs to breathe by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson
Choose Joy - Because happiness isn't enough by Kay Warren
Sudoku
Solitary by Travis Thrasher
When Will My Life Not Suck by Ramon Presson
Letters From a Skeptic by Dr. Gregory and Edward Boyd
Providence: Once Upon a Second Chance by Chris Coppernoll
Streams in the Desert by L.B. Cowman
Rain Dance by Joy DeKok
Heaven by Randy Alcorn
Forgotten God by Frances Chan