Adam Rex, illustrator, writer, and general funny man extraordinaire, gave us this picture in honor of Abe Lincoln's birthday. You should check out his blog or Facebook page for all sorts of awesomeness!
In case you can't read it, the answer is: There's nothing wrong with this picture. This picture is awesome.
Remember these days in high school? Sometimes I still feel like this!
It's always pretty inspiring when big fabulous things happen to friends and today was a big day for Leigh Bardugo.
And then, this...
DreamWorks' 'Shadow and Bone' Lands Writer (Exclusive)
Read about it here.
This article from Maggie Stiefvater's blog really got me thinking about my messages, intentional and subconscious.
I pulled a few quotes to give you a taste, but you should really just read the post.
" **and yes, I do think all fiction of every genre should aspire to truth in order to have maximum emotional resonance.***
***and if you're not writing to make readers have FEELS, what in the world are you writing for?****"
"As writers, we all have our biases, and a good writer — one that’s learning how to hold all the balloons without letting them escape— will be aware of their own. And a good writer will know that it's hard to avoid saying things by accident."
Another fun post I found this week was this one, from THE GUARDIAN, featuring the TEN RULES FOR WRITING from many well-known authors. How many of these rules do you agree with and follow? How about agree with but NOT follow? Do you think any of them are not so great?
I especially liked Neil Gaiman's list:
2 Put one word after another. Find the right word, put it down.
3 Finish what you're writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it.
4 Put it aside. Read it pretending you've never read it before. Show it to friends whose opinion you respect and who like the kind of thing that this is.
5 Remember: when people tell you something's wrong or doesn't work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.
6 Fix it. Remember that, sooner or later, before it ever reaches perfection, you will have to let it go and move on and start to write the next thing. Perfection is like chasing the horizon. Keep moving.
7 Laugh at your own jokes.
8 The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you're allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it's definitely true for writing.) So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can. I'm not sure that there.are any other rules. Not ones that matter.
And finally, for your musical enjoyment, I give one of my favorites. It's been used on a million TV shows because it conveys such emotion! My mind creates a thousand different scenarios when it plays.