Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A little writing wisdom and fun

I am out of town so this month's contribution to Insecure Writer's Support Group is really short and sweet, just a few recent writing pins to share:

"Editing is like killing your story and then very slowly bringing it back to life" - www.joanoram.com

Editing sometimes feels more chaotic than organized. 

If only I were like Tony Stark when it came to research and novel writing...

"All worthy work is open to interpretations the author did not intend. Art isn't your pet, it's your kid. It grows up and talks back to you." - Joss Whedon. 

So true!

At first I didn't agree with Tolstoy's insight here: "I have found that a story leaves a deeper impression when it is impossible to tell which side the author is on."  But the more I think about this, the more I am intrigued by this.

What have you recently seen or heard that made you look at something in a new way, writing or otherwise? 

The first Wednesday of the month is Insecure Writers Support Group, hosted by Alex Cavanaugh and his excellent team. Click here for a list of all the participants and to join in. (I'm posting a day early since my schedule is all weird this week. I also won't be able to catch up with other posters and commenters until this weekend, but I'm looking forward to it). 


  1. Yes, that's what I've been doing recently: killing my story and breathing new life into it. I like that!

    Sheri at Writer's Alley

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  2. I love the quote from Joss Whedon.

  3. As if I couldn't love Joss Whedon any more - great quote. Don't get me started on Tony Stark.

  4. Brilliant quotes, thanks for sharing, Margo. The editing ones spoke to me especially, as I'm about to embark on that stage.

    I'm very intrigued by Tolstoy's quote, and it brings to mind the book "Me Before You." That was hard to tell which side the author stood on, especially as it dealt with the very sensitive topic of euthanasia.

    Good luck with your April literary endeavors.

    Clare Dugmore Writes

  5. Nice quotes. I especially like the one "How I felt when I wrote the rough draft." Sounds just like me.



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