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Quote by Alfred North Whitehead

Alfred North Whitehead said, “Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience.”

Do you agree?  Why or why not?


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Quote from Wired for Story About Conflict

Lisa Cron, on page 129 in Wired for Story, talks about obstacles to block the protagonist’s goals . She states “Obstacles mean nothing unless, beneath the surface, the seeds of that conflict are present from the outset, as they begin pushing their tender shoots through the soil in search of the sun.”

I thought about my novel, Hada’s Fog, when I read that page. I have external and internal conflicts in the first couple of pages, but I’m wondering if I planted enough seeds for the underlying need. What Hada desires in the beginning, is different than what she thought she wanted or needed at the end. Hints for the reader to suspect that everything about Hada is not what it seems is something for me to keep in mind as I polish this last draft. Her complaints and internalizations might be a bigger mask than I intended.

Cron says on page 143, “The story must make complete sense without the reveal, but in light of the reveal, the story must make even more sense.”

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Margaret Atwood Quote

I visited the San Francisco Writers Conference on Twitter @SFWC and liked the retweet they posted from http://www.advicetowriters.com.

It was a Margaret Atwood quote:  “You need a certain amount of nerve to be a writer, an almost physical nerve, the kind you need to walk a log across a river.”


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Quote and Prompt for today


Sunday, July 14, 2013

The air teaches you the power of invisibility.

~ Dr. Pillai

Harry Potter had an invisibility cloak. Can you write one into your story? Or use it as a metaphor? Or write a new story with air as a character teaching the power of invisibility?

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George Bernard Shaw Quote

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”

George Bernard Shaw

As writers, we can use that problem between our characters.


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Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quote

If you missed Elaine Webster’s comment to my last post, “Rhythm, Cadence and Beats”, here is the humorous quote she told from Lawrence Ferlinghetti:

“Don’t be so open-minded that your brains fall out.”

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Carl Jung Quote

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances if there is any reaction, both are transformed.

Carl Jung

Jung’s quote is a nice visual for character writing.

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Creative Exercise Quote

Jody Hedlund says, “Constantly using our creative muscles is the key to keeping them in shape and preventing writer’s block.”

Check out the visual for the quote and other quotes for writers on my Writing Board at Pinterestdotcomslashjkleistc

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May 16, 2013 · 9:17 am

“Plot is

“Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.”

Ray Bradbury

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April 24, 2013 · 11:46 pm

Eric Clapton Quote

“Risk is trying to control something you are powerless over.”

~Eric Clapton
Turns 68 today.

Happy Birthday, Eric!

Writers,  does your POV character take a big risk, one that will keep the readers turning pages?

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