We’re up to lecture 3! A lot of writing is being generated for this class. An awful lot. I’ve read some and looked over a lot of comments and I think some really good stuff is being done. And on that note, probably some really good stuff is also not getting done. So, without further ado…well, with a bit more ado we’ll open the comments so we can talk about what’s keeping us from getting our word count done, brag about reaching our goals and maybe mention if what we wrote was any good and what we hope will come out of finishing.
Writing is a process, doing it is the only way to get to the good stuff. On that note let’s hear a few more quotes that either inspire us or irritate us to no end, I’ll let you decide which are which.
- “There are no dull subjects. There are only dull writers.”(H. L. Mencken)
“Nothing you write, if you hope to be any good, will ever come out as you first hoped.”(LillianHellman)
“Writing became such a process of discovery that I couldn’t wait to get to work in the morning: Iwanted to know what I was going to say.”(Sharon O’Brien)
- “I write to discover what I think. After all, the bars aren’t open that early.” (Daniel J. Boorstin)
- “What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though” (J.D. Salinger)
- “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” (Stephen King)
- “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” (Toni Morrison)
- “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” (Mark Twain)
- “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” (Stephen King)
Ha! Only dull writers, I love that one. Feeling inspired now? Good, give us your weekly word count and tell us a story with it. Entertain us!
Also, just to keep the spirit of learning alive here’s a link to some TED talks (TED has had some truly epic speakers, check them all out!) on writing. The post is called 12 Essential TED Talks for Writers and some of them are by quite well known writers and some by not so well known people, but all of the talks are very good. Here are some blurbs about a few of the 12 to whet your whistle.
- A.J. Jacobs: Esquire contributor A.J. Jacobs specializes in becoming what he calls a “human guinea pig.” His books explore the consequences of accepting gimmicky but interesting challenges like reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica or spending a year following every tenet of the Bible. He’s proof that a good idea and winning style will get you a long way.
- Steven Pinker: Philosopher and author Steven Pinker has appeared at TED several times, and in this 2005 address, he uses his time to talk about the unintended and extra effects of the words we use to communicate.
- Doris Kearns Goodwin: Doris Kearns Goodwin’s presidential histories have earned her a Pulitzer Prize. In 2008, she gave a TED talk about how the ambitions of those presidents can be a model for people today. She’s a great model for writers with a love of history who might be a little overwhelmed at the prospect of bringing the dead to life in the pages of a book.
Now you’re inspired…right? Did you actually go watch the 12 talks? I hope so, they are fascinating.
And remember to give us your word count and a story to go along with your word count– basement flooding, too lazy, lost your homework, whatever just tell us about what was going on as you were struggling to write that amazing book that I and all the rest of us want to read so badly!
TED Talks for Writes link again.