October 1, 2014
"Her heart was a secret garden and the walls were very high."

William Goldman, The Princess Bride (via wordsnquotes)

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September 30, 2014
thewindand-therain:

I have depression and anxiety; does that make me a Time Lord?

thewindand-therain:

I have depression and anxiety; does that make me a Time Lord?

September 30, 2014
thecassiemarshshow:

Beautiful creatures, Ethan Wate

thecassiemarshshow:

Beautiful creatures, Ethan Wate

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September 29, 2014
10 Essential Essays for Writers

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On Keeping a Notebook by Joan Didion - A great essay about making notes that gets to the very core of the writing process

Write Like a Motherfucker by Cheryl Strayed - Raw, emotional advice on the role of humility and surrender in the often tortured world of the writer

Thoughts on Writing by Elizabeth Gilbert  - On disicpline, hard work, rejection and why it’s never too late to start

Write Till You Drop by Annie Dillard - “Do you think I could be a writer?” “I don’t know… . Do you like sentences?”

Why I Write by George Orwell - On egoism, a love of beauty, the quest for truth and the desire to change the world — Orwell’s ‘four great motive for writing’.

Despite Tough Guys, Life Is Not the Only School for Real Novelists by Kurt Vonnegut - A beautifully argued defence of the role of teaching in developing writers.

That Crafty Feeling by Zadie Smith - A lecture by a great essayist and novelist on the craft of writing.

A Place You All Know Well by Michael Chabon - On the central role of exporation in writing.

The Nature of Fun by David Foster Wallace (excerpt) - DFW on what drives writers to write

Uncanny the Singing That Comes from Certain Husks by Joy Williams - “Who cares if the writer is not whole? Of course the writer is not whole, or even particularly well…”

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September 29, 2014
"You most likely need a thesaurus, a rudimentary grammar book, and a grip on reality. This latter means: there’s no free lunch. Writing is work. It’s also gambling. You don’t get a pension plan. Other people can help you a bit, but ­essentially you’re on your own. ­Nobody is making you do this: you chose it, so don’t whine."

— From Margaret Atwood’s 10 Rules of Writing, via Brainpickings (via bostonpoetryslam)

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September 29, 2014
booklikes:

Read the best books first!

booklikes:

Read the best books first!

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September 29, 2014
Want another mini prompt for you Monday?

You’ve got the response space to answer this one:

Your character wants to write a love song to a potential boy/girl/other friend. Use the reply space to write the song. (I would use slashes to indicate a line break.) Here’s a quick example

The last time I saw your face/I wanted to go to space/but then I fell so hard/I needed my health insurance card.

(Worst song ever.)

September 28, 2014
October is approaching fast! Do you know what that mean?

It’s time to start thinking about NaNoWriMo if you haven’t already. Camille and I are making preparations for the 2000 follower giveaway/contest, and thinking about ideas for articles and posts we can put together.

It’s also time to see if anyone wants to share their experiences or wisdom about participating in National Novel Writing Month. If you do, send us a message with the following information:

  • How long you’ve done NaNo
  • Your topic
  • 3 points you want to make
  • why are you the person to write this?

We’ll look over your idea and be in touch. Remember there are all kinds of topics and they can have to do with any of the following:

  • Getting your story ready (plot, characters, antagonists, world building, etc)
  • motivation to keep writing
  • tricks you have used in the past
  • plot twists

There are plenty of more ideas you can use too. So let us know if you want to get your post on Writrs!

September 28, 2014

gobookyourself:

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

For more creepy stories and creative storytelling…

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson for a perfectly formed and utterly chilling story of family secrets. 

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness for the story a boy who is visited by a monster every night told in words and haunting illustrations.

In the Shadow of the Blackbirds by Cat Winters for another book that uses unsettling photos to tell a historical ghost story. 

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly for a very dark fairy tale.

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September 28, 2014
"Keep close to Nature’s heart. Break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean."

John Muir

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September 28, 2014
suparlak:

"I put my heart and soul into my work, and I have lost my mind in the process." — Vincent van Gogh

suparlak:

"I put my heart and soul into my work, and I have lost my mind in the process." 
— Vincent van Gogh

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September 27, 2014
"You have to be odd to be number one."

Dr. Seuss

This changed me

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Personally, I can’t even.

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September 27, 2014
"People speak sometimes about the “bestial” cruelty of man, but that is terribly unjust and offensive to beasts; no animal could ever be so cruel as a man, so artfully, so artistically cruel."

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov (via adenoviridae)

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September 26, 2014
"He used to sit for hours, looking at nothing, listening to nothing – except the sounds in his own mind."

— Poe, The Fall of the House of Usher (via livrariadaesquina)

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September 26, 2014
tastefullyoffensive:

[sarahseeandersen]

tastefullyoffensive:

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