Monthly Archives: December 2013

The Orphanage is Full

Even if it’s only in your own mind and imagination, once you begin writing a story the characters exist somewhere. And you are one who brought them into existence.

If they develop and grow into characters that readers connect with and actually get to know, it will be due to your decision to give them the room to become characters with depth, personalities and life.

Conversely, if they are flat, inconsistent and not worth remembering…it is because you spent the entire time telling them who they were going to be instead of listening to who they actually were.

~RaunAlexander Blog


Finding Someone

If you look around, I think you will find the person you need. Almost every writer I’ve ever known has been able to find someone who could be both a friend and a critic. You’ll know when the person is right for you and when you are right for that person. It’s not unlike finding a mate, where little by little you begin to feel that you’ve stepped into a shape that was waiting there all along.

~Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

Don’t come lightly

You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness, and even despair – the sense that you can never completely put on the page what’s in your mind and heart. You can come to the act with your fists clenched and your eyes narrowed, ready to kick ass and take down names. You can come to it because you want a girl to marry you or because you want to change the world. Come to it any way but lightly. Let me say it again; you must not come lightly to the blank page.

I’m not asking you to come reverently or unquestioningly; I’m not asking you to be politically correct or cast aside your sense of humor (please God you have one). This isn’t a popularity contest, it’s not the moral Olympics, and it’s not church. But it’s writing, not washing the car or putting on eyeliner. If you can take it seriously, we can do business. If you can’t or won’t, it’s time for you to close the book and do something else.

Wash the car, maybe.

~ Stephen King, On Writing

Memoir Contest – HuffingtonPost

The Memoir Contest, open to those born before Dec. 31, 1964, is a logical next step for us. Since October 2011, Huff/Post50 has provided a unique platform for bloggers to explore the issues and ideas that matter most to Post 50s. Now we’d like nothing more than to hear your life stories.