Urban Native

Los Angeles native with a tumblr account focused on fashion, music, and books.

I think the first thing—if you want to be a writer—the first thing you need to do is write. Which sounds like an obvious piece of advice. But so many people have this feeling they want to be a writer and they love to read but they don’t actually write very much. The main part of being a writer, though, is being profoundly alone for hours on end, uninterrupted by email or friends or children or romantic partners and really sinking into the work and writing. That’s how I write. That’s how writing gets done.

— Redeemed, Amitava Kumar interviews Cheryl Strayed - Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics (via guernicamag)

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

— Marianne Williamson (via observando)

amandaonwriting:

Happy Birthday, Peter James, 22 August 1948
Seven Writing Tips
Read. Read. Read. Read books that have done well in the genre you want to write in.
I have this holy trinity of writing which consists of Character, Research, and Plot.  
Structure is important. Know your ending before you start writing. You wouldn’t just get into a car and drive without knowing where you’re going. Know your most important plot points. This does not mean that things won’t change, but you will never get stuck.
Writer’s Block doesn’t exist. If you have a plot with a proper outline you will never get Writer’s Block.  
Once you start writing a book, make time to write every single day. Find a comfortable number of words for you to write each day and stick to that number. I am comfortable with 1000 words.
Love your characters. Even your villains. And the way to make a villain lovable is to give him something to love.
And one from Graham Greene: ‘Every writer has to carry a chip of ice in their heart.’
Read The Writers Write Interview with Peter James
James is the British best-selling author of the Detective Roy Grace novels. He has sold more than 14 million novels.
by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

amandaonwriting:

Happy Birthday, Peter James, 22 August 1948

Seven Writing Tips

  1. Read. Read. Read. Read books that have done well in the genre you want to write in.
  2. I have this holy trinity of writing which consists of Character, Research, and Plot.  
  3. Structure is important. Know your ending before you start writing. You wouldn’t just get into a car and drive without knowing where you’re going. Know your most important plot points. This does not mean that things won’t change, but you will never get stuck.
  4. Writer’s Block doesn’t exist. If you have a plot with a proper outline you will never get Writer’s Block.  
  5. Once you start writing a book, make time to write every single day. Find a comfortable number of words for you to write each day and stick to that number. I am comfortable with 1000 words.
  6. Love your characters. Even your villains. And the way to make a villain lovable is to give him something to love.
  7. And one from Graham Greene: ‘Every writer has to carry a chip of ice in their heart.’

Read The Writers Write Interview with Peter James

James is the British best-selling author of the Detective Roy Grace novels. He has sold more than 14 million novels.

by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

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