“Words have a magical power. They can bring either the greatest happiness or deepest despair; they can transfer knowledge from teacher to student; words enable the orator to sway his audience and dictate its decisions. Words are capable of arousing the strongest emotions and prompting all men’s actions.” ~Sigmund Freud
Take words and combine them into a novel, and it’s even more powerful, even more magical. ~Cricket
“What will be left of all the fearing and wanting associated with your problematic life situation that every day takes up most of your attention? A dash–one or two inches long, between the date of birth and date of death on your gravestone.
To the egoic self, this is a depressing thought. To you, it is liberating.” ~Eckhart Tolle
||From the time I was a child, I’ve always been extraordinarily drawn to graveyards and found them to be PEACEFUL…and this quote from Eckhart perfectly explains why. All the stories of the ego drop away in death, and not only is that okay with me, it feels like freedom. This is why it’s really really not so weird that I’m a novelist who combines the ghostly with the spiritual. The two naturally go together:) ~Cricket
“…the main effort of arranging your life should be to progressively reduce the amount of time required to decently maintain yourself so that you can have all the time you want for reading.” ~Norman Rush, Mating: A Novel
Some angel must have whispered this in my ear as I was born. ~Cricket
Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? ~Mary Oliver, poet
One must be an inventor to read well. There is then creative reading as well as creative writing ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I think it’s amazing that a novel is never the same for any two people. Our imaginations fill in a legion of details than no author could ever write. And the cool thing is, our imaginations add in details that we like, and this makes the story extra entertaining. It’s a fact: readers help writers to create great stories. It’s a collaboration.
It’s exciting that if people read my novel, they’ll expand the haunted world of Memento Mori using their own creative powers. I really love that it’s a bit of a lie to say that a book has only this one author. Don’t stories become bigger, richer…the more people who share the experience?
Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside…dreams. Who looks inside…awakens ~Carl Jung
Note this to take your writing up a level. And your life. ~Cricket
“Stories draw their power from their meaning. If you ask me, challenging readers’ beliefs is not a weakness but a strength…Truth can be uncomfortable. It can also be comforting. Whatever it is, it is necessary to speak it” ~Donald Maass, The Fire in Fiction
My first novel underwent many, many drafts. I was stubborn; it took me awhile to go ahead and put what needed to be in the story…in the story. I confess I worried that someone would be offended if I twisted religion a bit with The Ghosting of Gods. But it was necessary, in my view, and it was the only way it would really be me writing the story.
Anyway, I decided not to hold back after reading the above words by Donald Maass. Interesting that when I wrote what I really wanted to, I finally found that publisher. Hmmm. ~Cricket
During the times we think we’re being “unproductive,” the seeds of new worlds are germinating within us, and they need peace to grow ~Martha Beck
I’m never unproductive as far as writing goes. Sitting quietly while ideas and images flow–that’s the best fun of writing. Well, I take notes so I don’t forget. ~Cricket
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