Wednesday 29 May 2013

The Artist Unleashed: A WRITER MUST WRITE—FULL STOP, by Francis Guenette

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  1. Great post!
    And man, i never stop loving that Hemingway story

    1. Hey, thanks Sarah, me too! It gets me every time.

  2. There is so much learn, and we must realize what applies to us and what doesn't, as we all have our own style.

    1. Exactly! Having the confidence to go with that style can be a real challenge in the face of conflicting information and ideas.

  3. You can take every writing tip you've ever received and bundle them all together and throw them, tied to a rock, into the ocean. Make sure that if you do that, you are not near a beach where there is some sort of lifeguard, because (a) that means that you might get cited for littering, so I probably shouldn't have told you to throw trash in the ocean, sorry and (b) people swim near there! That's why there's a lifeguard! Now someone's going to stub their toe on that rock, or worse -- they might cut their toe. There's blood in the water, and the sharks are circling, and only YOU -- yes YOU -- can save them. ONLY YOU. But you're too busy worrying about whether "usually" is an adverb, because you remember that adverbs usually end in "ly" which is a weird way to think about it, if you think about it... but stop thinking! HELP THAT PERSON! It's your fault, after all.

    You threw the rock.

    Oh, I TOLD you to do it? So you just do whatever I tell you to do? Interesting. Come on over. My garage is full of junk and we need to haul it away.

    Anyway, I pay no attention to tips on publishing or writing or, obviously, rules like "Comments should not drone on and on", and I'm usually pretty happy. <<THAT WAS AN ADVERB I THINK. So just like you said: just write and see how it works for you.

    Nice post.

  4. LOL - I'll bundle everything up and stay away from the beach - maybe pack it all away in the garage instead. I think there is a time for pulling out a style book and checking on something - but caution is needed otherwise all the advice can simply paralyze a person. Thanks for droning on. Love it.


“I'm using my art to comment on what I see. You don't have to agree with it.” ~John Mellencamp

“Allowing an unimportant mistake to pass without comment is a wonderful social grace” ~Judith S. Marin

“I don't ever try to make a serious social comment.” ~Paul McCartney

“I'd make a comment at a meeting and nobody would even acknowledge me. Then some man would say the same thing and they'd all nod.” ~Charlotte Bunch

“Probably what my comment meant was that I don't care about the circumstances if I can tell the truth.” ~Sally Kirkland

“We're not going to pay attention to the silliness and the petty comments. And quite frankly, women have joined me in this effort, and so it's not about appearances. It's about effectiveness.” ~Katherine Harris