My first novel, The River in Winter, was published in 2009. I recently finished my second novel, The Wide Night Sky. I live in South Carolina with my husband and our two awesome dogs.
alternatives to “it was all just a dream”
- it was all just a story the narrator heard somebody else tell on the bus
- it was all just somebody rambling after getting their wisdom teeth out
- it was all just a feature length puppet show
- it was all just a set of cave paintings
- it was all just a frighteningly elaborate set of instructions on the back of a microwaveable meal
I just read all of these in the voice of Notorious B.I.G. & I highly recommend you all do the same
If there’s any single talent a writer needs, it’s persistence. If you can keep at your writing and you can learn as you write, you can tell any story you want to tell.– Octavia E. Butler (via writingquotes)
What many writers don’t realize is that muscular prose alone can’t lift a narrative. Any sentence, no matter how powerful, that serves no story purpose is nothing more than wasted words. Obviously, adjective pileups and unnecessary clauses and clunky diction must go. However, effective cutting involves more than line editing. You can also strike whole paragraphs – pages, even! For example, toss out that extra twist and the plot might become clear. Rather than reconstructing the pyramids in five paragraphs (despite that week you spent cruising the Nile), pick the two best and let readers supply some of their own building materials.– James Patrick Kelly (via writingquotes)
If someone were to die at the age of 63 after a lifelong battle with MS or Sickle Cell, we’d all say they were a ‘fighter’ or an ‘inspiration’. But when someone dies after a lifelong battle with severe mental illness and drug addiction, we say it was a tragedy and tell everyone ‘don’t be like him, please seek help’. That’s bullshit. Robin Williams sought help his entire life. He saw a psychiatrist. He quit drinking. He went to rehab. He did this for decades. That’s HOW he made it to 63. For some people, 63 is a fucking miracle. I know several people who didn’t make it past 23 and I’d do anything to have 40 more years with them.–
One of the more helpful and insightful things I’ve seen about depression/suicide in the last couple of days.
Home Alone (1990, Comedy) Two burglars attempt to murder an abandoned 8-year-old child
Two burglars attempt to murder an eight year old burgeoning psychopath. He probably grew up to be the gun from Saw…