Monica Jackson on the secret to being a writer, which is simply “showing up to write.” And she’s right, it is the hardest thing to get. And do. Day after day.
Mary Doria Russell on writing.
I get really frustrated as a reader to have a character come on stage, intrigue me, then serve no purpose. Same with locations, conversations, visual and thematic elements… whatever. It’s not about writing pretty, it’s about writing WELL. A big part of that, imho, is to find the reflections, resonances, and connections within the work. That’s so much more powerful that a collection of nice trinkets that don’t have any commonality between them. When you can do that, when you can make the whole thing intertwine and connect together, the whole becomes more than the sum of its parts.
Here’s a NY Times article on how treating your mate (or in this case, husband) like an exotic animal makes him easier to train. Something about this bothers me, though I can’t quite put my finger on why. Maybe because it implies that men are simple creatures. Ha, ha, ha.
And there’s an open casting call for anyone who wants to be an extra in the Transformers movie.