writing

An important lesson about similar stories and repeated content alvin March 7, 2019 - 7:05pm

Somewhere around the year 2004:

A favorite gift from 2007

A favorite gift from the last twelve years is the purple pencil sharpener shown at the top of this image. It may have only cost a dollar or two, but one of my sisters and her daughters gave it to me when I saw them right before I moved to Alaska, and it’s been with me ever since. I especially like it at times like this, when I’m editing a new book.

Create, let go, surrender to more alvin January 9, 2019 - 3:09pm

When you worry about where your words land or how others digest or perceive them, you are clinging (and not allowing space for more to come through the channel). Continually create, let go, surrender to more. Create, let go, surrender to more. It is a divine dance. Respect your own story. Remain inside the rhythm.

~ Victoria Erickson

Hemingway: Each book should be a new beginning alvin December 18, 2018 - 6:21am

“For a true writer, each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, he will succeed.”

~ Ernest Hemingway

“I didn’t want to kiss you goodbye” alvin December 16, 2018 - 4:15pm

“I didn’t want to kiss you goodbye — that was the trouble — I wanted to kiss you good night — and there’s a lot of difference.”

“Write one true sentence” alvin November 18, 2018 - 5:59pm

“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”

Hemingway: I did not know how I would ever write anything as long as a novel alvin November 16, 2018 - 8:04am

“Since I had started to break down all my writing and get rid of all facility and try to make instead of describe, writing had been wonderful to do. But it was very difficult, and I did not know how I would ever write anything as long as a novel. It often took me a full morning of work to write a paragraph.”

Hemingway on breaking down his writing alvin November 14, 2018 - 3:37pm

“Since I had started to break down all my writing and get rid of all facility and try to make instead of describe, writing had been wonderful to do.”

“Why, darling, I don’t live at all when I’m not with you” alvin November 13, 2018 - 4:21pm

“Why, darling, I don’t live at all when I’m not with you.”

Better today than yesterday

I just read this quote by J.K. Rowling, and it’s quite good: “Believe me, neither @RGalbraith nor I walk around thinking we’re fab. We just shoot for ‘writing better than yesterday’”.

(Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym she used for some of her other novels.)