Monday, September 12, 2011

The best advice from writers

I love quotes by authors. Here are four that I like. You've probably heard them already, since you see them making email rounds occasionally, but they all bear repeating.

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started." —Agatha Christie 

I think I'll put that one up over my computer during Nanowrimo. I might tweak it a bit though and make it something more along the lines of, "The secret of finishing 50,000 words is getting typing."

"Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." —Anton Chekhov

What a great way to say, "Show, don't tell." Thank you, Anton Chekhov!

"I try to leave out the parts that people skip." —Elmore Leonard

Honestly, I'll be putting them all in during Nanowrimo, but I'll pull them out later. For that one month, it's all about a frantically typed word count, but I am preparing scene cards to keep myself on something of a course through it. (As an aside, my son came up with the most amazing scene suggestion during our brainstorming session. I can't wait to write it.)

"Proofread carefully to see if you any words out." —Author Unknown

Again, an activity for after Nanowrimo, but one that can cause you to tear your hair out if you see a typo after you've sent a query or piece out the door. If your inner editor gets underfoot during the typing frenzy, give her a one-way ticket to Puerto Rico and promise her that she'll get her chance in December.

What are your favorite quotes that you live and write by?

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