The Journal: Just for Fun

In today’s Journal

* Quotes of the Day
* Just for Fun
* Of Interest

Quotes of the Day

“I can find motivation in my sleep. I write for me, to handle the challenge or to tell a particular story. I would write if civilization vanished and I had to scrounge up the last few pens and notepads to do so.” Kristine Kathryn Rusch

“Faulkner or Hemingway … struggled like crazy to get recognition. But we, the young writers who studied their work, don’t know about those struggles. We only see how they’re treated after death.” Kristine Kathryn Rusch

“[W]riting is subjective. Storytelling is what really counts, and some terrible sentence-by-sentence writers are actually the best storytellers.” Kristine Kathryn Rusch

“Indie is all about selling a handful of copies every month, and having the numbers add up….” Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Just for Fun

Thanks to my friend and first reader Russ for sending along something that flies in the face of all the silly myths about writing (copyright Bill Watterson):

And here are links to all the strips in this “writing is hard” series, including the one I inserted above. Despite the numbering, they are in the correct sequence top to bottom. Enjoy.

Talk with you again soon.

Of Interest

See “Business Musings: How Writers Fail (Part 3): Expectations” at

Disclaimer: In this blog, I provide advice on writing fiction. I advocate a technique called Writing Into the Dark. To be crystal clear, WITD is not “the only way” to write, nor will I ever say it is. However, as I am the only writer who advocates WITD both publicly and regularly, I will continue to do so, among myriad other topics.

6 thoughts on “The Journal: Just for Fun”

  1. Hi Harvey, sincerely hope you’re keeping well. Sometime soon I need share a link to some interesting stuff about poetry in Scotland; but today, thought I’d share some quotes from William Faulkner which I thought you might find interesting:

    “Once these people come to life, . . . they take off and so the writer is going at a dead run behind them trying to put down what they say and do in time. . . . They have taken charge of the story. They tell it from then on in.” 

    “These people I invent and after that I just run along and put down what they say and do.” 

    “They are still in motion in my mind. I can laugh at things they’re doing that I haven’t got around to writing yet.”

    Wish I could cite where I got these quotes from — I know they are from a lecture he gave at a university — but which university, and when, I don’t know.
    All the best.

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