The Writer’s Secret Is…Not

“The writer’s secret is not inspiration — for it is never clear where it comes from — it is his stubbornness, his patience.”

— Orhan Pamuk

 

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Luxury of Writing

“It’s a luxury being a writer, because all you ever think about is life.”

— Amy Tan

 

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Precision and Imagination

“A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist.”

— Vladimir Nabokov

 

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Intimacy between Writer and Reader

“I love telling stories. I love the intimacy between the writer and reader.”

— David Walliams

 

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Pity Not One of Them

“Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say?”

— Kurt Vonnegut

 

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Speaker – Billi Joy Carson: Editor and Writer

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My editor speaking adventures… Thank you, Rita! And, thank you, Dog-Eared Pages!

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“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” Pablo Picasso

Although talking about writing Billi Joy Carson started her recent talk at Dog-Eared Pages Bookstore with this quote. As an Editor, Ghost Writer, Blogger and a number of other titles Billi Joy knows about the love/hate relationship many writers have with grammar and editing.

One example, that some of you will remember from the movie/book Love Story was how e e cummings actually changed his name so he could break the rules of capitalization and punctuation.

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As you can see from Billi Joy’s photo she is full of energy and humor. She made grammar fun, even for this reluctant editor.

A few helpful suggestions Billi Joy shared were:

**Readers don’t read like you talk so don’t write that way.

**”Enthusiasm always trumps good writing.” Her example was the Twilight series, which I haven’t read, so…

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Writer’s Best Friend

“An incinerator is a writer’s best friend.”

— Thornton Wilder

 

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Skating Words

“Style is that which indicates how the writer takes himself and what he is saying. It is the mind skating circles around itself as it moves forward.”

— Robert Frost

 

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Speak Now: Role of the Writer

“The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.”

— Anais Nin

 

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Worried Readers Are Loyal Readers

“If you don’t have worried readers, you don’t really have readers.”

— Billi Joy Carson

 

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