Diary 5/20 to 5/23/22: Patricia Highsmith quotes; Chris Hedges; a dream; stopping caring; disgraceful eating; neuroscientist quote; fiction writing "my calling"; my best reading and writing; wilted cilantro; Jif recall; Australian climate and election.
Diary, 5/17 to 5/20/22: Ghostbusters: Afterlife; better fantasies; fabulous Turandot; McAfee woes; Natalie Belikova artwork gift; praising Highsmith; turn inward; Hitchcock and Chomsky.
Books that sweep me away; inspired by Middlemarch; a scam avoided; inspired by Greta Thunberg; a dream; blog activity up; George Lakoff and metaphors.
Including the moon in your story? Get the science right, right here!
Self-mastery; play and writing; Black Widow, Office Killer (with Carol Kane), Strange Girls, and other DVDs; Hallmark nonsense; four brains in our heads.
Two ways to think about characters; Hesse's Steppenwolf; writers being silly; quotes from Graves & Hodge concluded; Dunst as Marie Antoinette; Nicolas Cage movies; Hemlock Club meeting and novel.
Writing prompts; Cioran quote and words as blunt instruments; Sophie's World; failing memory again; two bad movies.
Theorizing and sputtering about the Hemlock Club novel and how to learn to write. I need a car to go to Yosemite. Not much else.
How books saved my writing soul; plus whining about WordPress; and Eve Arden, Camus's Stranger, In the Fade, so, lots of potatoes ending with a burst of excitement.
How to create a fictional character? Lots of questions, maybe no answers. Includes a bit of psychology. This morning's struggle.
A dream; failure of creativity; my stupidity; Twitter squabble; pit of despair?; Blade movies; feeling drained and confused.
Save the Cat! Writes a Novel; a hard issue in writing; WordPress not great; bad movies; Austen's Persuasion.
Irritated at being irritated; stimulating the memory of readers; the days of Nog; addicted to soft living; books on how to write; writing longhand & keeping going; thoughts of a new novel try; and synchronicity.
Stronger and more vivid writing requires a variety of tools or models of expression. Here’s a partial catalogue of models, based on the example sentence, “She was angry.”
Thirty-five new character names for adventures, like Noseworm, Twoo, Goober Hawking, and The Fartful Codger. Presented for fair use.
Getting inspiration; self-mastery books; psych quotes; movie reviews; sadness tweets; spirituality; racism; writing habits, etc.
Here are some notes on writing and “my method,” especially related to producing first drafts; from March of 2010. This was written early in my prison career; I will post further material on writing from the Prison Diary (which continues for another six years) as I get it dictated into the computer; this particular material...
Dawn grew like a time-lapsed flower. Sunrise went “sproing.” The sun came up with a clatter of castanets. Sunrise shattered the night. The sun shattered the mirror of the eastern sky.