“Genius gives birth, talent delivers. What Rembrandt or Van Gogh saw in the night can never be seen again.” –Jack Kerouac
Talent is a gift—something you’re born with, or so many people believe. Those who do almost always cite Mozart as proof. After all, wasn’t he a child prodigy who later wrote exquisite music directly onto a blank page with no corrections or erasures? Or at least, that’s what Antonio Salieri said in the play Amadeus.
There are some who disagree that talent is innate; they argue that the truth behind appearing gifted is practice, practice, and more practice. This is a little like the nature-nurture debate: Neither side has been yet been declared a winner. Read more ›
Working out of your home is a good news-bad news scenario. The good news is that you don’t have to rent an outside office, furnish it, and pay utilities. You don’t have to drive anywhere, which prolongs the life of your car. You can wear anything you want to work, including “bunny slippers.” And you can deduct a certain portion of your home on income tax. Having a home office is convenient; snacks and coffee an, doesn’t it?
BUT there is the other side of the coin. You do have to set aside a room in your house to use as an office and only as an office. The dining room table or a desk in your bedroom doesn’t count in the eyes of the IRS. You are going to spend a lot of time in this room, so a certain amount of appealing decor is important. While, at first, it seems delightful to visit the refrigerator whenever you take a break, for many at-home workers, this can turn into a fattening habit. Read more ›
“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
Words are a writer’s tools. Every word is appropriate for a particular job, and it’s important to use the right tool for the right job. If you have a half-empty toolbox, you’re going to run into trouble when you need a certain word and you don’t have it, or you use the same word over and over because it’s the only one you have. That is probably what prompted British scholar and physician Peter Mark Roget to write the first thesaurus in 1852. Read more ›
“Inspiration usually comes during work, not before it.” – Madeleine L’Engle
“I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at 9 am every morning.” – Peter DeVries
Which is it? Does inspiration show up after you’ve started writing or before? Can you create it, control it, turn it on and off; or does it have a mind of its own? Do you wait to be inspired before you start writing or just figure it will either make an appearance or it won’t.
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“I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at 9 a.m. every morning.” —Peter DeVies
Let’s face it. You started writing your book like a runaway train. So much to say, so little time.
Your muse was sitting on your shoulder, urging you on, and you were turning out page after page of amazing prose … until … you came to a screeching halt. What happened? Read more ›
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