Writing is like . . .

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Especially for the “pantser,” I think:

If you’re one of the brave souls who are persisting in the creative challenge to participate in Na-No-Wri-Mo (National Novel Writing Month), then you’ve already long since figured out this aspect of your writing process. To all writers everywhere, Good luck, and keep writing!

IMAGE: Many thanks to Writing Sisters and E.L. Doctorow for this week’s quotation image.

The scariest moment . . . or not.

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Knowing that the blank page also frightens someone like Stephen King may perhaps be comforting to some of us lesser mortals. But knowing it doesn’t have to be all fear for everyone is a comfort as well!

This post is dedicated to everyone who’s taken the National Novel Writing Month (Na-No-Wri-Mo) challenge to attempt to write 50,000 words of a novel manuscript during the month of November. Good luck to all of you!

IMAGE: Many thanks to Now Novel’s page of writing quotes, for the Stephen King quote and image, and to Authors Publish for the Beatrix Potter quote and image.

Imagination’s power

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Of course, it could equally be said that without imagination there is no beauty or wonder, too. No empathy, no love. But also no hate. That’s the power of a creative mind.

We all have imaginations, though none of us exercise ours the same way. How do you exercise yours?

IMAGE: Many thanks to Brainy Quote, for this image-and-quotation from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Is it REAL?

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It all turns on what we bring to the reading or viewing experience. I firmly believe that (whatever art form we engage) the artwork is not complete until it has been experienced by a third party. Apparently Poe agreed.

IMAGE: Many thanks to Brainy Quote’s Horror Quotes page for this image.

Reality check

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Stephen King hands us another one this week, a little thought-provoker that I’d like to pair with a second thought from Clive Barker:

IMAGES: Many thanks to Brainy Quotes for the Stephen King image and quote, and to the “Bigger Jaws” Pinterest pinboard, for the Clive Barker image. 

Choosing one’s path

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A note to the wise: to all of us, beware what path we choose. For writers: this the ultimate key to a good antagonist. Thanks, Mary!

IMAGE: This is another quote-image that’s been pinned several million times to Pinterest boards. I found this file on–yet again–on the pinboard of Stephanie Girolami-James, this time via the “Horror Quotes” pinboard of Amanda Rios.

Coping mechanism

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What is the fascination of horror fiction? As we move toward Halloween I thought it might be fun to explore thoughts on why so many of us love to be scared by fictional horrors.

And where better to start than with a quote from the King of Horror himself?

IMAGE: Many thanks to all the many, many, many (many, manyMANY) Pinterest boards that feature this quote image–so many, I found 22,300,000 matches, and ran out of time to track down the original source. I found this particular file on Stephanie Girolami-James’s board, via Chelsie Bowen’s HORROR Pinboard.