the dead zone

Michael Piller: Write just six pages a day

One more quote from Michael Piller’s book, Fade In. I think I read that Stephen King and other writers write a similar amount, usually five to ten pages a day. Many beginning writers try to sit down and write an entire book at once, but it’s important to know that writing is more of an endurance contest, not a sprint. Also, when you get tired not only does your productivity drop, but your creativity plummets.

Michael Piller’s “safe room” for writers

This is a great quote about writing as a team. It comes from Michael Piller’s book, Fade In.

As I mentioned yesterday, the book is not available in print, but you can find a PDF or Word doc of it on the internet. Mr. Piller died in 2005, and for some reason the book was never printed, but was released electronically. If it was in print, I’d buy a copy, as I suspect many Star Trek fans would.

“Don’t you hate talking to sick people?”

A quote from the first episode of the tv series, The Dead Zone:

“Don’t you hate talking to sick people? You never know what to say. Just try and be cheerful, I guess, right?”

During one of my hospital stays last year, a nurse stopped in several times to talk to me, both when she was checking my vitals, and a couple of times on her breaks. We talked about life, death, and a couple of things in between. It was nice because she had been raised as a Buddhist and we had deep, honest talks, not the usual “small talk” crap you get from a lot of people.