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15 Princess Bride Quotes That Explain A Writer’s Life

Screen Shot 2016-06-25 at 4.13.49 PMFrom first draft to multiple revisions to query to submission the writer’s life is difficult ( and that’s putting it mildly ) and filled with angst. But we writers LOVE to write so we endure. And that’s why it’s necessary to have an Arsenal of Funny at your disposal. Infusing a bit of humor into the day just may save our souls…or at least give us the gumption to fight the good novel fight another day!

Mix ‘n match these 15 classic lines from Princess Bride when you need a dose of  writing perspective.

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Writing Persona

What's your writing personaWe’re all familiar with zodiac and Meyers-Briggs personality types, but do you know your literary persona? You know, that’s the one that emerges when you’re in author mode. In the spirit of novelicious good fun, which fab female fits your writing persona?

 

Mary Poppins: You’re a cheery but no nonsense sort with a whole bunch of tricks up your sleeve and a with a song in your heart. Although you believe in the power of magic, you know a strong work ethic will help see you through the chores of daily writing housekeeping concerns like editing and maintaining your blog. Practical and positive, you have friends from every strata of society. “A spoonful of honey makes the medicine go down” is your preferred method for dealing with tasks you don’t like much.

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Eyes Open & Fingers Crossed

Screen Shot 2016-04-17 at 10.56.17 AMMy students and I are discussing Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers in class. Well, as you know, teachers can’t just read the book they must find ways to teach its lessons, drive home its themes, and apply it to their students’ lives. In this case, understanding all the complex components that shape and determine success. And naturally, as a writer I can’t help but apply these same concepts to the writing process.

To really succeed at writing you need more than just passion, talent, and hard work. Other factors come into play, some absolutely positively out of your control.

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Got Research?

Screen Shot 2015-10-31 at 4.05.55 PMMany writers do a fair amount of research for their novels. Whether your genre is mystery, action-adventure, sci-fi, historical, urban fantasy, crime, or horror—writers are forever looking up facts to mix with the fiction.

Authors can spend at least a month researching a time period before beginning a new historical, and just as many weeks researching odd subject matter for other genres.

Lucky me, writing a million ( a small exaggeration )  college essays and a masters thesis taught me how to best catalogue and manage the plethora of research gathered along the way. I teach these same tips—learned the hard way—to my students.

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Shocking Writer Transmutations

Screen Shot 2015-10-25 at 8.59.40 AMWriters evolve. They learn the craft, make mistakes, correct their errors, develop their voice, and learn some more. The process takes time ( years ), requires lots and lots of writing and hours and hours of reading. But what they don’t tell you is that a writer actually morphs into the most frightening creatures each time they write a novel! That’s right! This change is far worse than the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde transformation. Far far more terrifying.

Here, my writing friends, is the true terror of a writer’s transmutation.

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A Confucius Consultation

Confucius saysOnce in a while, research done for my current work in progress inspires a blog topic. And whether you call it serendipity or synchronicity, often a few golden research nuggets found along the way prove to be quite inspirational!

Here’s a few Chinese proverbs —and a writer’s take on them—that might be worth taping to your computer.

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10 Can-Do Traits Every Writer Needs

10 traits every writer needsThere are 10 can-do traits that an employer looks for in a prospective employee. Those same 10 traits also apply to a wanna-be author with plans to begin and finish writing their novel. Below are the 10 traits and how they apply to the novel-writing process. Do you have them all?

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Making the Most of Your Writing Hours

writing time“How do you find the time to write a novel while working full time?”

I get asked this question ALL the time by coworkers, friends, and aspiring authors. Writing a novel is time-consuming. It takes a whole lot of perseverance and ambition and stamina and self-control.

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10 Artifacts Every Writer Can Really Use

Screen Shot 2015-08-23 at 7.22.03 PMWriters are a curious bunch. We tend to be a tad superstitious when it comes to writing. A writing routine, a preferred chair, a favorite mug or coffee shop: All these—so we convince ourselves—provide the creative sanctuary to imagine plot, character, and conflict. Here are a few other notable objects that might also come in handy.

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Writer’s Grimoire page 3

Writers Grimoire page 3Spell for removing writer’s block!

Don’t ask where I found this ancient book! I can’t tell you ( the repercussions and all that ). But I will share the spells and incantations with you—hey, we writers need all the help we can get! And a little magic never hurt anyone either. In truth, any author or wanna-be struggling writer will tell you the act of creating is magic!

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Color Smarts

color smartsI love paint shopping. I have fun looking at the names assigned to  the hundred and hundreds of colors available. So many Reds-Blacks-Blues-Greens-Oranges-Whites-Purples-Pinks-Browns-Yellows and ALL the colors in between. Sometimes I think the folks who assigned the names are wanna-be novelists. They do know the importance of naming a color.

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Writer’s Grimoire page 2

Grimoire table of contents

Spell for Increasing Word Count! 

Don’t ask where I found this manuscript! I won’t tell you ( the repercussions and all that, you know ). But I will share the Writer’s Grimoire–hey, we writers need all the help we can get! A little magic or spirituality never hurt anyone either. In fact, any author or wanna-be author will tell you the very act of creating is magical!

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