Archive for October, 2014

Quotes and Writing Tips from Stephen King

October 30, 2014

One of my favorites

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With Halloween just 2 days away, I had to share 2 quotes from horror and dark fantasy master, Stephen King: “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”

I agree. I’ve known talented people who never finished writing a book or painting a picture. I’ve also known people who worked hard on their craft and finished their projects. The hard workers are always the most successful.

And a bonus quote from Stephen King: “People think I must be a very strange person. This is not correct. I have the heart of a small boy. It is in a glass jar on my desk.”

Now, that’s the kind of quote you were expecting! But it shows a bit of truth (I think Stephen King does still have the heart of his boyhood self), and a sense of…

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Call for submissions

October 10, 2014

NLAPW.org poetry editor Treanor Baring is asking for PW poets to submit moon themed poetry for an upcoming anthology. Send to pwpoems@aol.com and put ” moon anthology submission” in subject line.
Make sure to check NLAPW.org to see weekly poem and art. Many moon poems have also appeared there & on our PW blog. If you’ve already sent poetry in and just want her to consider that, just shoot her an email saying so.

On Finishing …

October 9, 2014

He sounds just like me in upheaval etc. Excellent post here.

ShadowSpinners

by Matthew Lowes

the end

For twelve years I have been working on a trilogy of fantasy books. In that time I have lived in two different countries, three states, and six different homes. I’ve had eight jobs, gotten a Master’s degree, and gone through one marriage, one divorce, and two deaths in my family. Through it all I have been writing, among other things, this single epic tale. During the process, moments of boundless enthusiasm and despair mixed with long periods of just moving forward, doing the work, writing the next scene, the next chapter, the next book.

Last week I wrote THE END. I finished the last chapter of the last book and sat back, stunned by the moment and the magnitude of what I’d done. I had before me a single complete story spanning 300,000 words, roughly 1200 pages, and the occasion has gotten me thinking about finishing things, and endings in general.

I’ve talked…

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Nathan Fillion Loves Reading

October 1, 2014

Amen

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Nathan Fillion, even the name brings images of Firefly, Serenity, Browncoats, and, of course, mystery writer Richard Castle. Whether you’re a fan of Nathan Fillion or not, I hope you’ll find his support of reading admirable.

“Whatever our bedtime was as kids, we could stay up an extra half hour if we were reading. My parents didn’t care as long as I was under the spell of a Stephen King or a Douglas Adams. Now I read in bed. I read at work. I read standing in line. It’s like, ‘Hello, my name is Nathan and I am a reader.'”

I, for one, believe the future belongs to readers!Nathan Fillion Reading

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