Sunday, March 07, 2010

Quoteskimming

My friend Angela De Groot made a good point the other day. Sometimes, it's not really writer's block that's an issue:

"I believe writer’s reluctance dovetails with writer’s block – sometimes all you need is a beginning, somebody or something to help you get rolling. Once you do get going, hobbling along, falling down, dragging yourself back up again, you eventually get there."
On creating a believable world, brni has this to say:

"The small details are what flesh out your world, what make it live and breathe, but don't infodump. First, infodumps are boring. Also, they are dangerous. Each detail is something you can get wrong. You need to find the right balance for your story, the right amount of detail, and then be accurate with your details."
On whether there's such a thing as a muse, separate and apart from the author,bogwitch said this:

"Give credit to the Great and Powerful Oz if that makes things fun and exciting, but don't forget that there really is a little person behind the curtain, and that person is you."
To adult critics of YA literature, my favorite bit of advice (that applies in other situations as well), comes from Maggie Stiefvater: "Stop being nostalgic, it's ruining your camera lens."

And as Colin Firth just said on the Red Carpet prior to the Oscars: "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." No, Colin didn't make that up - he's quoting Ralph Waldo Emerson. (One more reason to adore Colin, of course.)

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