X is for … What if X?

Celebrating the A to Z Blogging Challenge with quotations on the writing life. Two questions form the foundation of all novels: 'What if?' and 'What next?' (a third question, 'What now?' is the one an author asks himself every 10 minutes or so; but it's more a cry than a question.) Every novel begins with … Continue reading X is for … What if X?

V is for Victory

Celebrating the A to Z Blogging Challenge with quotations on the writing life. Success is a finished book, a stack of pages each of which is filled with words. If you reach that point, you have won a victory over yourself no less impressive than sailing single-handed around the world. Tom Clancy This post, originally … Continue reading V is for Victory

U is for Unwillingness

Celebrating the A to Z Blogging Challenge with quotations on the writing life. In battle, you forgive a man anything except an unwillingness to take risks. Sometimes you have to put it on the line. Tom Clancy What Tom said. Because doing something meaningful with your life always involves risk.   Photo: Charles Hoffman (Creative … Continue reading U is for Unwillingness

T is for Trust

Celebrating the A to Z Blogging Challenge with quotations on the writing life. Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work. Rita Mae Brown ¬†Fair skies, a following sea, a flower-strewn path. How's that for ideal? Ah, but that path, it climbs steadily---and so must we as working writers. … Continue reading T is for Trust

P is for Praise

Celebrating the A to Z Blogging Challenge with quotations on the writing life. The same spirit which makes us love the praise of men makes us dread the threats of men. You cannot be pleased with the adulation of mankind without becoming fearful of your censure. Charles H. Spurgeon There's nothing like the satisfaction that … Continue reading P is for Praise