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Quote: Time and Writing #1 (Achievable Goals)

One of the most inspiring quotes I’ve heard in a while related to writing-time continuum.

Screenwriting from Iowa

“When I first started to write novels while running a magazine, I told myself that I would only write for 15 minutes a day. I knew that working for a short amount of time was an achievable goal, and I managed to get 10 books written just this way.”
Kate White
Former editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine
Quoted in Real Simple magazine/ January 2013
page 49

P.S. On a similar note author/speaker Tim Ferris (The Four-Hour Workweek) says his goal is to just write, “Two crappy pages a day.”

Scott W. Smith

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Quote: Motivations

Prisoner Holding Cigarette Between BarsWhy do you write? What are you motivations? If you’re doing it for the money, get out now, please.

“Don’t get into this business if it’s about trying to make a million-dollar sale. We’ve got plenty of assholes around trying to achieve that goal. There are more dilettantes in the game than real, committed, I’m-gonna-go-down-swinging kinda people. We need more of the latter and less of the former. We need people who care about this as an art form. Movies should count for more than an opening-weekend gross, because whatever had a huge gross this week, will they be talking about it in fifty years? Will it be credit to the art form, the way we talk about Casablanca (1942)?” – Screenwriter, Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile)

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The Bachelor and the Art of Writing?

MP900444553[1]Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned…I just…like… watched ABC’s The Bachelor, and I just feel like so…violated.

Have you watched The Bachelor? Have you! Am I the weird one or was that one weird TV experience? My wife and I noticed something remarkable while watching. Nearly every time one of the female contestants (is that what we call potential intendeds these days?) expressed how she felt to another contestant—or The Bachelor—she would use these four words: “I just feel like…” Nearly every time. From all eight (I think) contestants. You can hear it, can’t you?

I just feel like…so emotional.

I just feel like…so happy to be with you tonight.

I just feel like…I want to kill her.

I just feel like _________. Fill in the blank.

What’s my point besides reality TV being the potato blight of Western Civilization? What does it have to do with writing? Everything. Watch that you characters don’t all sound the same. It’s easy to do. Often there are very subtle differences between characters. Sometimes, they use the same phrasing but be careful.

You want to watch the show now, don’t you?

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Movie Review: Julie & Julia

Let’s admit something immediately: Julie and Julia looks like a chick flick. And it is, really. Written and directed by Nora Ephron, it has to be one, no doubting your senses or the credits. Even so, Mr. Eclectic liked it.

 Okay, maybe that’s an easy one for me since I grew up with a mother who happened to be a Child-ophile (nothing to do with pedophilia, I might strongly add), owned just about every Julia Child cookbook published, and watched Child’s cooking show religiously. My formative years included watching Julia for what seemed like every day on our local PBS station. (Somehow, I found Julia Child’s unique timbre oddly engaging—more so than Mr. Rogers, that’s for sure.)

If this movie does anything for you, it should at least get you to write in a blog…or cook. Or maybe not. Unless you no longer have a pulse that others can detect, it should inspire you to pursue once again that deep passion hidden within you. Sounds sappy, I know. But, crap, if a silly movie can help me write, dang gum it, I’ll gladly watch it. There’s a remote chance a Child-induced passion for cooking may take over my current child-induced apathy for cooking, but I still have my doubts. Gorton’s fishsticks are easier—and more appreciated—in my household than beef bourguignon.

Did I say I liked this movie? While it’s another Nora Ephron all-we-women-have-this-special-bond-with-each-other-that-men-just-don’t-get film and a film about cooking, it thankfully (and fairly) takes us beyond that to treat us to how the passion of two people can positively affect so many others. Many times passion–and the ambition that goes along with it–can really make things suck, but if you stick with that passion long enough, things might just fall into place because you’ve been able to bring others along with you in that passion. For Julie and Julia–the title characters–it was their passion for cooking and writing (specifically, sharing their passion through writing) that brought success. Was success their goal? I don’t think so. It was their need to do SOMETHING with the fire that burned within them. That fire was the passion for cooking.

Speaking of passion: You’ve got to love butter!

Electric Eclectic

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