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Quoteskimming - the LK Madigan edition

Dudes, I am totally cheating today. Because instead of providing you with quotes I've scared up myself, I am totally sending you to Drenched in Words, L.K. Madigan's blog. L.K. conducts author interviews now and again, and one of the questions she always asks (which, come to think of it, is not in the form of a question, but is more of an instruction) is: Advice for writers in 5 words or less.

And both this year and last, she has compiled these nuggets of awesome.

Here is this year's "Writing Advice in 5 Words or Less," featuring this excellent advice from Varian Johnson: "Enjoy successes - even small ones"
and this rather enigmatic advice from Adam Rex:
"The secret is to always -".

And here is 2007's compilation of writing advice, including this prize from Ellen Klages:
"First drafts suck. Keep going."
and this bit from Markus Zusak, who provided the advice in-person:
"Don't be afraid to fail."

Go. Read. See what wisdom a handful (or less) of words can hold.




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writerjenn
Dec. 28th, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC)
I second the recommendation for Drenched in Words!
kellyrfineman
Dec. 29th, 2008 12:36 am (UTC)
:)
seaheidi
Dec. 28th, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC)
Don't forget my inspirational quote, "Gnomes rule."

Heidi, 2008
kellyrfineman
Dec. 29th, 2008 12:37 am (UTC)
Gnomes do rule.
lkmadigan
Dec. 29th, 2008 05:38 am (UTC)
Hee!

Thanks for the linky love, Kelly.

xo
kellyrfineman
Dec. 29th, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. Hope you got a few visitors out of it, since the posts are both so much fun to read - and educational/inspirational, too.
slatts
Dec. 29th, 2008 02:11 pm (UTC)
"Don't be afraid to fail."
This is the one that's the toughest to adhere to but so important to do so. Failure is a four-letter word to most of us. It's a crippler. Fear of failure can make one frozen. Inactive.

It's one I fight with all the time.
kellyrfineman
Dec. 29th, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
Re: "Don't be afraid to fail."
So true. And in many cases, it's not even public failure. It's all in private, in our own offices or studios.
slatts
Dec. 29th, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
it's not even public failure....
Yes, we can be our worst audience.





"57 academics just punched the air" What's that mean?
kellyrfineman
Dec. 29th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
Re: it's not even public failure....
It's a line from an episode of Dr. Who, in which the 10th Doctor (played by David Tennant) went back in time and met Shakespeare. Shakespeare flirts equally with Martha and with the Doctor. The doctor replies "57 academics just punched the air", because it's been a long-held belief amongst some members of academia that Shakespeare's "Dark Lady" was actually a man. I use it to mean that academics/enthusiasts will be psyched by something, which is really the extrapolated meaning, I think.
ritajr
Dec. 29th, 2008 03:45 pm (UTC)
Great quotes, Kelly.
kellyrfineman
Dec. 29th, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
Wasn't that great of Lisa to get all those quotes together?
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