Good Things

Articles about writing that I’ve loved

I also keep a lot of life wisdom and writerly stuff on this pinterest board.

Good People


“Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters — sometimes very hastily — but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, “Dear Jim: I loved your card.” Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, “Jim loved your card so much he ate it.” That to me was one of the highest compliments I’ve ever received. He didn’t care that it was an original Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.” ― Maurice Sendak

To gain your own voice, forget about having it heard. Become a saint of your own province and your own consciousness. – Allen Ginsburg

“I’ve always agreed with William Faulkner—he said that the human heart in conflict with itself is the only thing worth writing about. I’ve always taken that as my guiding principle, and the rest is just set dressing. I mean, you can have a dragon, you can have a science fiction story set on a distant planet with aliens and starships, you can have a western about a gunslinger, or a mystery novel about a private eye, or even literary fiction—and ultimately you’re still writing about the human heart in conflict with itself.” —George R.R. Martin

“Your head is a living forest full of song birds.” –E.E. Cummings

“You don’t understand an antagonist until you understand why he’s a protagonist in his own version of the world.” –John Rogers

2 thoughts on “Good Things

  1. Chris M says:

    I just wanted to leave a suggestion. I think it would be really cool if you wrote a short story about a girl who becomes a huge giantess and has all kinds of adventures.

    • Hi Chris,

      Most writer stories spring from the internal well, but your suggestion has actually sparked a few ideas. I can’t recall a story told from the giant’s (or giantess’s, in this case) perspective. I get a very Gail Carson Levine feel off this idea, and I like it. We’ll see what happens :-)

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