Tuesday, April 24, 2012


What am I reading now?  Girls Don't Fly (Kristen Chandler)

Annnd . . . what do I think so far?  I was so excited when this book came out. I had loved her other book, Wolves, Boys and Other Things That Might Kill Me. The same thing I loved about that book (BTW--the stories couldn't be more different than each other) is that the characters seem so real. Kristen has an affinity for writing characters that you could really meet. In this story Myra has problems and has to deal with manipulation. She has to decide who she is. This felt real. Great book for teens and those who love teen lit.

Quotes! Here are a few favorites about writing:

“Plot, or evolution, is life responding to environment; and not only is this response always in terms of conflict, but the really great struggle, the epic struggle of creation, is the inner fight of the individual whereby the soul builds up character.”
—William Wallace Cook, July 1923
“Plot is people. Human emotions and desires founded on the realities of life, working at cross purposes, getting hotter and fiercer as they strike against each other until finally there’s an explosion—that’s Plot.”
—Leigh Brackett, July 1943
“You yearn to turn out a book-length, your typewriter is silently shrieking abuse, you are itching to go. First read! Read the work of top-notch writers in your field. They know how! Read first for entertainment, then reread for analysis. Soak yourself in their stuff—for atmosphere, color, technique.”
—Fred East, June 1944
“One thing that helps is to give myself permission to write badly. I tell myself that I’m going to do my five or 10 pages no matter what, and that I can always tear them up the following morning if I want. I’ll have lost nothing—writing and tearing up five pages would leave me no further behind than if I took the day off.”
—Lawrence Block, June 1981
“The trap into which all writers have, will, or should fall into, of writing The Great American Watchamacallit, is such an uncluttered and inviting one that from time to time I’m sure even the greatest have to pull themselves up short by the Shift key to remind themselves that it is story first that they should write.”
—Harlan Ellison, January 1963


Britney Gulbrandsen said...

I'm currently reading Kristin Chandler's book Wolves, Boys and Other Things that Might Kill Me. I'm about a third done and love it so far!

Donna K. Weaver said...

Love these quotes, Canda. And I'll have to add this book to my list, too.

Gussie said...

Those are great quotes. Which do you prefer, a character-driven story or a plot-driven story? Do you recommend any books on craft?