Monthly Archives: March 2013

Three Things Thursday, Day Eleven!

1. I have the place for us to eat. Station 21 in downtown Provo. We’ll need a head count, so let me know if you  are coming. (22 W Center St, Ste 140)

I’ve chosen this place because they have a place where we can eat AND do our readings.

2. When? April 8, 2013. That’s the second Monday of April. (We can’t do it on April 1, because Kyra is in court. On April Fool’s Day! Scary.) As far as what time, we’ll decide on a late lunch or an early lunch. If you have a preference, let us know.

3. Be prepared with three pages of writing to read out loud. Depending on how many people there, depends on how much we get to read. There’s this old Hollywood saying (or, um, some saying) that goes, “Leave them wanting more.” Even if you want to read your whole novel to us, just choose 750 words.

Here is our quote. I quite love what Miss Flannery says here.

And I think she is dead right.

“People without hope not only don’t write novels, but what is more to the point, they don’t read them.”

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Day Ten, continued!

“The novelist makes his statements by selection, and if he is any good, he selects every word for a reason, every detail for a reason, every incident for a reason, and arranges them in a certain time-sequence for a reason. He demonstrates something that cannot possibly be demonstrated any other way than with a whole novel.”


You know who it is, right?

Miss Flannery

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Kyra Leigh, Queen Bee, Day Ten, continued!

30 minutes off, 30 minutes on.
I think I can live by that. Gives me time to do some reading. Reddit-ing, music studying, etc.
Found some interesting writing quotes from Writers Digest. I’m sure you’ve all read them. But some are pretty funny.
“The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.”
-Philip Roth. 
My road to hell is a mile and a half long. Everything I have I feel is a work in progress. Do published authors feel like even their published works feel like it could have used more? It sounds like a scary road.
“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”
-Stephen King
That’s one that my mother can agree with.
“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” 
-George Orwell
“Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.”
-Larry L. King
“When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.”
-Stephen King
“I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.”
-Harper Lee
More quotes here!
Happy writing!


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Writing, writing, writing–Day Ten!

Today-30 minutes on, 30 off.

Every other 30 minutes (except when I must go pay some bills and buy some things from the herb store) will be for my writing.


“Whenever I’m asked why Southern writers particularly have a penchant for writing about freaks, I say it is because we are still able to recognize one.”

Boy, isn’t that the truth?

And it’s Miss Flannery again. (Sigh) Yes, I am in love.


Are you working with freaks?

Are you writing about them?

Are you Southern?

How’s your writing going?

How are you feeling?

Are you tired?

Can you believe the sun it out here in UT?

Can you believe that we are getting closer to the end of this marathon?

Have you trusted yourself to write?

Have you trusted your story to lead you?

If you could change one thing about your writing what would it be?


A friend of mine sold a book yesterday.

I taught.

Ha! I also got to see Ann Dee AND Kyra. Two of my favorite people.


Last question:

What are you doing reading questions? Get to writing!

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