“When we are beginners—naive beginners—we tap into something pure and unburdened. We don’t get in our own way, because we don’t even possess enough skills for an inner critic to exist.”
Lessons Learned from Watercolor :: Erin Bowman
“This is one of the reasons why those inside the publishing machine find The New York Times best-seller list so frustrating—it’s a data project full of contradictions.”
The Murky Path to Becoming a New York Times Bestseller :: Esquire
It’s fun to see Jasper on this list of recommended historical fiction for middle schoolers.
32 Historical Fiction Books That Will Interest Your Middle Schooler :: Teaching Expertise
So right on.
Bitterness is Consistent :: Seth Godin
“I always realize [that city life is distracting] when I am at Laurentum, reading and writing and finding time to take the exercise which keeps my mind fit for work. There is nothing there for me to say or hear which I would afterwards regret, no one disturbs me with malicious gossip, and I have no one to blame — except myself — when writing doesn’t come easily.”
Pliny the Younger on Happy and Honorable Seclusion :: Cal Newport
“There’s rarely much to be gained from withholding information from the reader.” This is something I often try to explain when writing critiques (though not as succinctly as Nathan Bransford).
Don’t dribble out morsels of information within a scene :: Nathan Bransford