“Writing, basically breaks down to relationships between people and that is what you write about.”~Leon Uris American novelist, short story writer and poet Leon Uris was born on this day in 1924.
“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.”~Herman Melville American novelist, short story writer, and poet Herman Melville was born on this day in 1819.
“Honest people don't hide their deeds.”~Emily Brontë English novelist and poet Emily Brontë was born on this day in 1818.
“There is no winning or losing, but rather the value is in the experience of imagining yourself as a character in whatever genre you're involved in, whether it's a fantasy game, the Wild West, secret agents or whatever else. You get to sort of vicariously experience those things.”~Gary Gygax American game designer Gary Gygax was … Continue reading Random Quote for July 27, 2020
“Science fiction is essentially a kind of fiction in which people learn more about how to live in the real world, visiting imaginary worlds unlike our own in order to investigate, by way of pleasurable thought-experiments, how things might be done differently.”~Brian Stableford British science fiction writer Brian Stableford was born on this day in … Continue reading Random Quote for July 25, 2020
(C) 2020, JJ Shaun I started writing my fiction right after I returned from a deployment filled with underway watch rotations and Dungeons & Dragons when not on duty. If you have ever played tabletop (pen-and-paper) D&D, you know that progress can be glacial. Six months of playing doesn’t always amount to much character development. … Continue reading DIY MFA: Plotting for the Pantser
“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self.”~Ernest Hemingway American journalist, novelist, short-story writer, and sportsman Ernest Hemingway was born on this day in 1899.
What is a plot? According to Brandon Sanderson, the plot is a promise made at the beginning, progress toward fulfilling that promise, and a payoff at the end. What does that all mean? In the first few sentences, paragraphs, and pages, you make a promise to your reader. That promise includes the tone. Is it … Continue reading DIY MFA: Learning to Plot
“I find writing very difficult. It's hard and it hurts sometimes, and it's scary because of the fear of failure and the very unpleasant feeling that you may have reached the limit of your abilities.”~Tony Kushner American playwright, author, and screenwriter Tony Kushner was born on this day in 1956. Follow me on Facebook: @jjshaunauthor.
“There is nothing more difficult to measure than the value of visible emotion.”~Gertrude Bell English writer, traveler, political officer, administrator, and archaeologist Gertrude Bell was born on this day in 1868.