“A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it is to be God.” — Sidney Sheldon
BSOD or Blue Screen of Death is a an error screen displayed on a Windows computer system after a fatal system error.
Writers have something called a WSOD or White Screen of Death. It looks something like this: Continue reading The Writer: Episode #6
“The apartment below mine had the only balcony of the house. I saw a girl standing on it, completely submerged in the pool of autumn twilight. She wasn’t doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together.” – J.D. Salinger
I have always considered these words to be some of the most beautiful I have ever read. The most breathtaking description. Simple, yet so effective in the way it makes you imagine someone with almost godlike characteristics into existence.
“As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand.” — Ernest Hemingway
The Writer has always been curios.
This is the one question that has always defined him as a person. The Writer has always wanted to know why things were the way that they were, why someone worked (or it didn’t) and why certain things happened and not their opposite.
The same principle seemed to apply to people. It was more important to know why they did what they did, rather than try to understand how or when or with whom.
People were one way or another because of their why. Continue reading The Writer: Episode #5
Finding Forrester (2000)
In a way, I just couldn’t start with any other movie, simply because Finding Forrester was so cute and sweet and sincere that I almost cried at the end.
Starring Sean Connery and his manly voice in the role of William Forrester, a very successful and yet reclusive writer, this movie actually has some pretty good advice on writing. Continue reading The Best Movies about Writers
“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.” — J.D. Salinger
The Writer remembers the first time he read Dune by Frank Herbert. How he wanted to write something just as good. He spent a lot of time wishing he had written that novel, that he had come up with those ideas, that the universe invented by Herbert had belong to him instead.
He then proceeded to read other novels, other stories that made him wish he had written them into existence instead of their authors.
The stories he read had been written by people who had known him. Or so it seemed. People who had been through the same experiences, and used words so eloquently to express what resided in his soul.
But isn’t that what stories are all about? Isn’t that why we invented words?
So we can understand that there are others who feel the same way we do? That we are not alone? That our sorrows and joys have been experienced by someone else?
“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” —Richard Bach
The Writer, when he was young and naive, thought that writing was easy. One would sit down, relax, think some stuff up, and then write all that stuff down.
He did not understand what the big deal was. Why people talked about writer’s block and such and such. They were dramatizing, that was all. Continue reading The Writer: Episode #3
How do people feel when they read your writing?
Have you ever asked yourself that? Have you ever thought about it after writing a story or an article?
Do you think that is even a relevant question to ask?
Anyway… what does it mean to write from the heart? What makes the difference?
Well, read on and you’ll find out. Continue reading Do You Write From the Heart?