I don’t remember who told me to read this. If you’re listening, thank you.
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamont was a delight. It’s exactly the kind of writing book I love. Anne posits a theory, gives two or three examples backing it up, then makes her point and moves on. LOVE IT!
Writing can be a pretty desperate endeavor, because it is about some of our deepest needs: our need to be visible, to be heard, our need to make sense of our lives, to wake up and grow and belong. It is no wonder if we sometimes tend to take ourselves perhaps a bit too seriously.
awareness is learning to keep yourself company. And then learn to be more compassionate company, as if you were somebody you are fond of and wish to encourage.
One line of dialogue that rings true reveals character in a way that pages of description can’t.
Plot grows out of character. If you focus on who the people in your story are, if you sit and write about two people you know and are getting to know better day by day, something is bound to happen.
℘℘℘℘℘ – Five Pages – I read it on the place home from Hawaii and loved every minute, even though the flight was late, the in flight entertainment system wasn’t working so the kiddo was a total pain, and I was still shaking that darn cold. Loved the book, even under those circumstances.