Words of Wisdom

“I’m a writer. Anything you say or do may be used in a story.”

This is one of my favorite sayings. My modified version is, “I’m a writer. Anything you say or do can and will be used in my next book!” This tends to scare some people into living statues. Others take it as a challenge manifesto and act so crazy that words could never hope to capture the moment.

My words of wisdom: Be careful what you say or do, because a writer might be watching you.

Wasted Writing

There’s no such thing as wasted writing. Why do I say this? Simple. The writing that you’ve done in the past has prepared you for today. The lessons you’ve learned have made you better.

Your hobby has become your craft. Your personality has become your writing style. All future success will be because of those mounds of unpublished stories and poems you wrote from the heart.

Favorite Quotes

Hoy es el día para elevar su escritura a nuevas alturas. Mañana debes superarlo.

“Today is the day to raise your writing to new heights. Tomorrow you must surpass it.” – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Credibility Conundrum

Jimmy: Why would I ever make stuff up when the truth is so much fun!

Stuart: You’re saying these statistics are real?

Jimmy: Absolutely!

Stuart: That’s great. Thanks man.

Jimmy: No problem.

Stuart: So, you wanna come over tonight? We’re grilling out.

Jimmy: Thanks, but I gotta catch up on some writing.

Stuart: What are you writing? Your memoirs? (Laughs)

Jimmy: Nope. It’s a fiction novel about a boy and his dog. They go on these wild adventures together.

Stuart: (Silence)

Jimmy: What’s wrong with you?

Stuart: Nothing. I just remembered that I gotta go check on something.

Writer’s Regret

Have you ever experienced writer’s regret? I’ve heard that it means something different for each person. For me, it’s that feeling you get when you just finished a chapter and realize that in order for it to make sense you have to go back 6 chapters and change things!

It happened again today. I finished a chapter while I had a moment of spare time, then went back and proofread my glorious victory only to discover that it didn’t fit! Now, I’m faced with a decision. Delete half of what I wrote or go back and change pieces of my previous chapters to remove any plot holes… I feel like I’m waiting for Alex Trebek to call out, “Time’s up champions. Please show me your answers.”

Tuesday Thoughts

It’s funny how one character becomes your favorite. In book one of The Legend of Chip, it was Jonah. Now, in book two, Mr. Barrett has quickly become my favorite. Neither are main characters, and I believe that’s what makes them so special to me.