Happiness is excitement that has found a settling down place, but there is always a little corner that keeps flapping around. — From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E.L. Konigsburg. Via Flavorwire.
Stupid Writer Tricks -
I have an obsession with reading about writers’ writing routines myself. I didn’t realize the Paris Review interviews are all online! Happy procrastination time …
Second, I did my sweat. That’s a technique I learned in Hollywood, where my scripts were always too long. “This is too long,” the studio would say. “Trim it by eight pages.” But I hated to lose any good stuff — scenes, dialogue exchanges, bits of action — so instead I would go through the script trimming and tightening line by line and word by word, cutting out the fat and leaving the muscle. I found the process so valuable that I’ve done the same with all my books since leaving LA. It’s the last stage of the process. Finish the book, then go through it, cutting, cutting, cutting. It produces a tighter, stronger text, I feel. In the case of A DANCE WITH DRAGONS, my sweat — most of it performed after we announced the book’s publication date but before I delivered the final chapters — brought the page count down almost eighty pages all by itself. — George R.R. Martin, on his editing process. Not A Blog - Talking About the Dance
I’ve always wondered who I am when I write, because once I’m doing it, I’m not in the room with myself. — Stephen King, as quoted in the Sun Herald.
Poster for Lynda Barry’s class, “The Unthinkable Mind”, Spring 2013 at The University of Wisconsin-Madison
The 22 rules of storytelling, according to Pixar
A Sweet Animated Short about a Man Whose House Teleports All Over the World
Homemade Butterbeer Recipe (via Bakingdom)
I’m devoted to the idea that the use of images can not only transform our experience of time and space, but also has an absolute biological function that is directly tied to an essential state of being which is this: the feeling that life is something worth living. — Lynda Barry
The image world is not part of our mind - our mind is part of the image world. — Lynda Barry, Picture This