The writing process

Everyone who wants to write will eventually develop his or her individual way of writing, but if you’ve embarked on that effort it’s guaranteed you’ll also discover lots of ways that don’t work for you! It’s all part of the creative process. Keep trying. And consider these thoughts:

I’ve dedicated the majority of my posts this month to writers and writing. November is Na-No-Wri-Mo (National Novel Writing Month), when writers all over the world are moving heaven and earth (or not) to carve out time to write a cumulative total of 50,000 words.

My life is currently in enough upheaval that I knew I couldn’t compete at that level, but I’d like to provide a small cheering section for those who can. Best wishes to all of you!

IMAGES: I’m grateful to Now Novel (and to Barbara Kingsolver) for the quote and image about writing for oneself. Also to Authors Publish and Freedom With Writing for the image and quote from Neil Gaiman. Many, many thanks to the wonderful Debbie Ridpath Ohi, for her “Will Write For Chocolate” cartoons, including this one. And finally, I appreciate the image and quote from Beth Revis, as presented by Freedom With Writing. You’re all inspiring! Thanks!

The scariest moment . . . or not.

The Artdog Quote(s) of the Week

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.

Getting right to it!

The Artdog Image of Interest

Some of my friends are brave enough to take the Na-No-Wri-Mo plunge this month. “Na-No-Wri-Mo” stands for National Novel Writing Month, a program designed to help people write their books–or, at least, 50,000 words’ worth of manuscript–in a single, month-long endurance run. 

My own life this year is way too chaotic for me to have many illusions about participating successfully, but my theme for this month’s Quotes and Images of Interest is encouragement to other writers, who are struggling to pound out their 50 thousand words.

IMAGE: While the writer in this cartoon isn’t making much progress, perhaps she’ll offer a smile (and a cautionary note) for others. Many thanks to Cathy Thorne, and her clever Everyday People cartoons!

The crazymaker

The Artdog Image of Interest

We’ve all lived or worked with someone like this. I just couldn’t leave this angle out, in a month of exploring the dimensions of horror.

IMAGE: Many thanks to cartoonist Jim Benton, via Neatorama and MoreThanHorror on Pinterest.

Coping mechanism

The Artdog Quote of the Week 

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.

Revealed Truth

The Artdog Quote(s) of the Week

Since my zany schedule cheated us out of quotes earlier this month, here is a second pair of quotes to kind of “even things out.” Separate centuries, parallel thoughts by well-respected writers. I hope you enjoy them!

IMAGES: The Ralph Waldo Emerson quote is courtesy of Self Help Daily’s page of “Quotes about Books and Reading.” The Stephen King quote is from Quotefancy. Many thanks to both!

Variations on a theme

The Artdog Quote(s) of the Week 

Far as it can tell, Sam said it first, then Tom streamlined it a bit. Same basic thought, and an observation that takes on special resonance for me, in light of recent events.

IMAGES: Both of these illustrated quotes come from the same Brainy Quotes page about Fiction.