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Writing Quotes I Love

One of my clients likes me to find great quotes all over the web and send them to them for use.  I found a ton of great ones for NaNoWriMo, and I found a ton that I can’t send her.  So, here are some of my favorites.  They range from inspirational to crude to silly:

“Talking is a hydrant in the yard and writing is a faucet upstairs in the house. Opening the first takes the pressure off the second.” – Robert Frost

“I’d have stopped writing years ago if it were for the money.” – Paulo Coelho

“I’m writing an unauthorized autobiography.” – Steven Wright

“Writing is not life, but I think that sometimes it can be a way back to life.” ― Stephen King

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”   – Douglas Adams

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” ― Mark Twain

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” ― Jack Kerouac

“Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.” ― E.L. Doctorow

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” ― Anton Chekhov

“This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It’s that easy, and that hard.” ― Neil Gaiman

“The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.” — Philip Roth

“All readers come to fiction as willing accomplices to your lies. Such is the basic goodwill contract made the moment we pick up a work of fiction.” — Steve Almond

“If a nation loses its storytellers, it loses its childhood.” — Peter Handke

If you want to check out more quotes, I found these ones here, here, here.

I hope you’re all having a great November!  I’m going to be off a little while, working on a project with my mom and then back to editing my book.  Random posts will resume… randomly.





I did it!  I’m at 50,410 words – and at the end of my book.  I have a feeling that as I edit I will be adding more description to parts of the story, so that count might go down, but at this moment we can stick a fork in it, this book is done.

I’m pretty pooped, but very pleased that I have come to the end of my story.  It’s meant to be a series, so I did leave a couple of things open.  Also, there’s a few parts that need fixing.  But, I’m excited to have my first draft done!

So, I’m on to other, more work-related things.   I leave you with this quote:

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”  – Maya Angelou

Bleeding on the Page

I really like this quote from Ernest Hemingway: “There is nothing to writing.  All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”  Typewriter

I feel like this is appropriate today to two reasons.  One is my character is going through some tough times physically – in fact that’s the one thing you can count on in this novel, she gets more and more damaged as the book goes on, and as an anorexic cokehead, she wasn’t in great shape to begin with.

The other reason is that I’m having a really hard time writing.  This always happens toward the end of a book.  In fact, I’ve written three novels before this one, and only one of those novels has an ending.  I’m serious.  This fourth has an ending in the outline, but now that I’m there, I feel like I will never reach the end – and I feel that the end will be too soon and I’ll have to extend the story.  Way to be contrary, Julia.

Anyway, word count wise I’m doing better than yesterday, though not quite on target. I wrote 1,550 words today (admittedly about 200 of that was from yesterday), so I’m at 46,030.  This means I have 4,621 words to go this week if I want to make my weekly minimum.  With the words harder and harder to get out, this is a little tough.  But, I’ll make it.  I’m really enjoying this story, in spite of my doubts, my need to bleed all over the damn page to get some words out, and my weird writing schedule.

I leave you with a genuinely funny quote:

“Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.” – Robert A. Heinlein


Word Countage

I was going to get straight to work this morning, but my day is a little up in the air, so I thought I’d try to write first since I got up a half an hour early.  I got 629 words written in that time, so I went up to 44,480 words.  I will be doing more writing later on today, but I’m glad I got a little head start.

This means I’m at 1.665 words so far for the week.  By the end of the week I need to be at least up to 6,800, which means I have 5,135 to go.

Wish me luck!  I shall leave you with another writing quote:

“I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done.” – Steven Wright

Happy Belated NaNoWriMo

It’s National Novel Writing Month and I, predictably, have been notably absent from my fiction writing corner.  I swear, this happens every year.  Either I’m a very contradictory person or someone really screwed up making NaNoWriMo in November.  Either way, I’m here now, writing, and that’s all that counts.

Since I basically didn’t post AT ALL last week (shame on me!), I will tell you that I did not do all that well, but I did do some writing.  I ended the week at 42,815 words.  This means that, yes, all I wrote last week was 2,749 words.  Not horrendous, but not great.

The idea now, in order to get this book into some semblance of a correct word count, I need to do about 1,400 words a day (just on the week days).  I am trying to do more at the beginning of the month, though, because my husband’s bday and Thanksgiving are at the end of the month, plus my bday is at the beginning of December, and I don’t want this book dragging on till then.  If it does, you’ll find me in a corner somewhere in Portland, OR, sobbing.  Hopefully I’ll be at home or in Powell’s.

So, my word count for today is 43,851.  That’s 1,036 words done today.  It’s not a great start, but I haven’t been writing on the book since the beginning of last week, so it took me a little bit to immerse myself back into the story.

As an aside, last week one of my very dear friends came up to visit.  She is actually the reason I moved up to Portland – after which she moved back to my hometown, Los Angeles.  We had a great time catching up and I got a chance to

This is part of the Shanghai Tunnel system.

This is part of the Shanghai Tunnel system.

see some of Portland that I normally don’t take the time to see.  One such place with the Shanghai Tunnels.  We went on a haunted night tour – even though Halloween is over.  It was pretty impressive.  There used to be an entire underground substructure to Portland, with opium dens, prostitution, and – most notably – kidnapping and human trafficking.  Portland has a tragic history on this subject, and there is still human trafficking today, but back in the day there were men who would find vagrants, lumberjacks, cowboys, sailors, and others “just passing through” and kidnap them.  Then they would sell these men to a sea captain and the man would wake up on a ship – out at sea.  Women were also kidnapped and sold to other cities as prostitutes.  It was an extremely spooky and horrific tour which made no joke out of the intense human suffering that occurred down in those tunnels.  I really found it fascinating.

That’s all from me today!  I will be more consistent now that my friend has flown away.

I leave you with a writing quote:

“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very’; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” – Mark Twain

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