Writing Advice from Lizards

Run fast, stand still. In quickness is truth. The faster you blurt, the more swiftly you write, the more honest you are. In hesitation is thought. In delay comes the effort for a style, instead of leaping upon truth which is the only style worth deadfalling or tiger-trapping. - Ray Bradbury Learning from iguanas. Close enough.

The Truth Will Set You Free, but First, You’ll Think You’ve Been Quoting Gloria Steinem and Not Knowing it ALL THIS TIME. And Then (After Googling it) You’ll Wonder if You Were First With the Quote. And Then You’ll Try to Find Out. And Then. THEN…You’ll Realize How the Truth DOES Piss You Off Before, During, & After it Sets You Free…But Most Especially When it Eludes You, as Truth so Often Does

Most writers, myself included, are an unlikely mix of brazen and bashful. Brazen: Who puts words out there for anybody to see, is never more than moderately certain of their accuracy and origin, and still forges ahead, possibly confidently wrong? And bashful: Who's more comfortable undressing her soul to the world-at-large than to a friend, …

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I Stand Corrected: You Can Have Your Cake & Eat it Too

Confidently wrong. That is a phrase that's been used to describe me. It's quite annoying. I don't mean for me. I'm talking about those unfortunates who ask me a question. My confidence causes them to take my advice, and my wrongness causes us to be, well, wrong. And we usually discover it together. In the …

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Spontaneous 10: Outlines, Like Recipes, Are Negotiable

Even if I have all the ingredients, I feel this uncontrollable urge to substitute things. It's not always easy to follow a recipe, but— can we agree— it's less risky? There's a frontiersman in me that doesn't want to take a well-worn path, even to chocolate cake. Where's the fun (or artistry) in that? My …

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Everyone Wants to be a Writer

But almost no one wants to write. Even writers don't always want to. Let's define a writer, shall we? Because I've met people who write my socks off, yet they don't consider themselves "writers" because they've never been published. (Nevermind the fact that they've not actually submitted anything!) Any person who writes regularly is a …

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