No Meeting Today

I'm so sorry that I had to cancel the meeting today.

We WILL meet next month (May) -- same time, same place. Judy Buch will be our speaker, and she'll give us tips on public speaking. Yes, even writers have to look up from their computers once in a while and face an audience. More information coming soon.

Again, I apologize for having to cancel today's meeting.

Writing Quotes from Diana Gabaldon

"I work late at night. I'm awake and nobody bothers me. It's quiet and things come and talk to me in the silence."

"Conflict and character are the heart of good fiction, and good mystery has both of those in spades."

"When you're reading, you're not where you are; you're in the book. By the same token, I can write anywhere."

"I don't plot the books out ahead of time, I don't plan them. I don't begin at the beginning and end at the end. I don't work with an outline and I don't work in a straight line."

F. Scott Fitzgerald on Writing

"Show me a hero and I'll write you a tragedy."

"You don't write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say."

"All good writing is swimming underwater and holding your breath."

"To write it, it took three months; to conceive it, it took three minutes; to collect the data in it, all my life."

"My idea is always to reach my generation. The wise writer writes for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmasters of ever afterward."

Quotes from Max Eastman on Humor

"It is the ability to take a joke, not make one, that proves you have a sense of humor."

"A joke is not a thing but a process, a trick you play on the listener's mind. You start him off toward a plausible goal, and then by a sudden twist you land him nowhere at all or just where he didn't expect to go."

"Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails."

"Humor is the instinct for taking pain playfully."

"Laughter is, after speech, the chief thing that holds society together."

"A smile is the universal welcome."

Hemingway Slaps Eastman in the Face

Apparently the literary world was a little different back in 1937. Max Eastman, who was enjoying the release of his newest book (The Enjoyment of Laughter, Simon & Schuster), was in Max Perkin's office (he was a famous editor for Scribner's back then). Ernest Hemingway barged in and slapped Eastman with his own book because he didn't like was said about him. Apparently it also called for baring their chests to compare the amount of hair they each had. So, yeah, the literary world is pretty different now. It's a funny article that was printed August 14, 1937, in the New York Times.

A Few Quotes from Charles Dickens

"An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself."

"There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts."

"Vices are sometimes only virtues carried to excess!"

"This is a world of action, and not for moping and droning in."

"We forge the chains we wear in life."

"Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true."

"There is a wisdom of the head and a wisdom of the heart."

More Writing Quotes from Meg Cabot

"For each book I do end up making a kind of playlist to fit the characters."

"Growing up I mostly read comic books and sci-fi. Then I discovered the book 'Jane Eyre' by Jane Austen. It introduced me to the world of romance, which I have since never left. Also to the world of the first person narrative."

"I like to think of my books and the movies of my books living in two separate universes. Each is very nice, but only one is correct - the book. But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the other versions, and I always do."

Meg Cabot on Writing

"One of the reasons that I think I do love to write is because I did have a difficult childhood and not so great teenage years. It always helped me escape from my problems."

"I actually love writing for teens best. I had such an awful time in my own teen years - I love having the chance to relive them through my fiction."

"This is how many people become artists, musicians, writers, computer programmers, record-holding athletes, scientists... by spending time alone practicing what they love."

More of Ray Bradbury...on Books, Libraries, and Life This Time

"I discovered me in the library. I went to find me in the library."

"Without libraries, what have we? We have no past and no future."

"I spent three days a week for 10 years educating myself in the public library, and it's better than college. People should educate themselves - you can get a complete education for no money. At the end of 10 years, I had read every book in the library and I'd written a thousand stories."

"A book has got smell. A new book smells great. An old book smells even better. An old book smells like ancient Egypt."

Ray Bradbury on Writing

"Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and love what you write. The key word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for."

"Science fiction is any idea that occurs in the head and doesn't exist yet, but soon will, and will change everything for everybody, and nothing will ever be the same again. As soon as you have an idea that changes some small part of the world you are writing science fiction. It is always the art of the possible, never the impossible."


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