1. the second gif in your folder is your muse trying to flirt

  2. mrshobbes:

    Screw writing “strong” women. Write…

    OMG. This is perfect for feministkdramafeels <3 <3 


    (Source: allmyliesarewishes, via feministkdramafeels)


  3. "People always look for excuses. My favorite one is, “Well that’s easy for you because you have a really popular blog.” As if my really popular blog was something I won in the lottery. I had a really unpopular blog for three years in a row where 10 or 20 people were reading it. When I got started in the book business, I received 900 rejection letters. So you don’t look at the end result — at the Richard Bransons and Maria Popovas — and say, “Well they have that thing that I don’t.” They got that thing by showing up. I am really focused on helping people understand that not showing up is a failure of will more than it is a failure of birth."

    Excerpt from an interview with Seth Godin in the 10th anniversary issue of the wonderful Australian creative culture magazine Dumbo Feather

    As Tchaikovsky put it, “A self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood.” Or, per Isabel Allende, “Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too.”

    More on the role of showing up in creative work here

    Also see Godin on vulnerability and how to dance with the fear of failure

    (via explore-blog)

    I’m occasionally baffled when young writers ask me for advice, and I give it, and then I see comments that say that none of my advice applies because I’m a best-selling author. As if I had spent my whole life as a best-selling author, and had never been anything else…

    (via neil-gaiman)

    (via agreyeyedgirl)


  4. 4kidztv said: I am an aspiring author who's been published in some small-scale stuff. I think it's about time I moved my way up into larger publications, but I have an issue: The forced politeness between authors, especially on the Internet. They refuse to criticize one another, even when it could help them! I'm building myself up to hopefully one day be a part of that community, but I take issue with this. Kurt Vonnegut, my hero, said good authors were rude. Is etiquette > integrity in your community?




    I’m not sure I understand the question. I’ve never felt forced into politeness. Are you thinking of my post last night, when I wouldn’t name the book I didn’t care for? Because I do that out of a knowledge that taste in books is subjective. I fall in love with novels very rarely, making my lack of enthusiastic recommendation quite meaningless. 

    This is the part of your question I’m struggling with, though: how could criticizing another author help me?

    Integrity is integrity, at least in my community, which is the community-of-authors-who-write-books-with-magic-in-them-whenever-not-in-an-over-powered-vehicle-or-frolicking-with-their-herds-of-miniature-silky-fainting-goats-or-playing-the-Irish-pipes.

    It’s a pretty rarified community. Mileage may vary in other authorial communities.

    Authors don’t (often) publicly criticize each other because we’ve all seen what happens when authors do criticize each other. It just becomes this Thing that lands everyone in Dramaville, population: gross. While entertaining to the public and click-bait for The Guardian, I’m not sure that helps anyone improve their craft.

    Criticism isn’t the same as critique. And authors do critique each other, usually just not publicly. We critique prior to publication, in small trusted groups, late at night, surrounded by snacks and red pens and post-its (Or…you know, Word’s Review tools, on account of the digital age). You may not see it in public, but it is happening. And unlike criticism, critique is actually helpful. 



  5. "Writers don’t write from experience, although many are hesitant to admit that they don’t. …If you wrote from experience, you’d get maybe one book, maybe three poems. Writers write from empathy."
    — Nikki Giovanni (via writersrelief)

    (via maryrobinette)


  6. "Writing the breakout novel demands a commitment to life. How can you engage readers in your fictional world if you, the author, are not engaged by your own world? To write about life, you must live it. You cannot make readers cry or feel joy until you have wept and exulted yourself."

  7. maggie-stiefvater:

    I used to think that my ideal job was to write. To make up stories. To lie for a living. Now that I’m in it, though, now that I’m comfortable in my novelist skin, it doesn’t feel that way at all. I observe for a living. I steal for a living. I stylize for a living. I find things in the real…


  8. maggie-stiefvater:

    I keep getting asked if you need a degree to be a writer. No, you need an EDUCATION, and a degree is just one example of that.

    (And you must keep self-educating. This does not mean always going back for a new degree, though some go down that path…)


  9. "If you only write when inspired, you may be a fairly decent poet, but you’ll never be a novelist."

    Neil Gaiman (via thatlitsite)

    While I get the point behind this re novelists, and totally agree, I actually take a issue with the idea that poets can become good by only writing when inspired. The best poets I’ve talked to (and I’ve met quite a few awesome poets, including a couple U.S. Poet Laureates, through my day job) write pretty much the same way novelists do: working even when inspiration feels far off, revising and revising and revising, putting down words even when they don’t feel inspired, because at least then you’ll have something to work with. 

    *minor nitpick of the morning*

    (via eilisoneal)

    Yeah, but “fairly decent” differs from “professional literary figure”, too.

    I often am just that type of poet, because writing other stuff takes up my time. I’d like to be more dedicated, and when I do disciplined poem-a-day stuff it works wonders, but I think my usual level is exactly what he’s talking about…

    Not to argue, just to say I totally feel what he’s trying to say there. And I wish to escape it XD

    (via eilisoneal)


  10. ninjaeyecandy:



    i don’t understand why people don’t instantly respond to “what would your dream superpower be” with the ability to manipulate probability.
    think about it. what’s the chance someone will drop 1mil in front of me? 0%? let’s make that 100%. what’s the probability i’ll wake up tomorrow and be X gender? 100%. what’s the probability my bathtub is filled with mac and cheese? 100%.

    as a casino employee I can confirm this would be terrifying as fuck

    I wrote a character with this ability once and it was SO MUCH FUN.

    (His coworkers still hadn’t learned not to bet against him, even though he warned them it was a bad idea…)

    I’m trying to remember the story I’ve read that had that element, but anyway, yes.

    There are certain “lucky” people already who know how to game probabilities, they’d be terrifying with this sort of power.