Amanda Gates

Friday I'm in Love: Toddlers & Writing

Only a couple entries today. Not that I don't love things, but it was a busy week and I didn't discover as much. Also, I'm in a reading funk, so I've been choosing to play games on my phone over reading lately. I hope to find a good book soon. Any suggestions?

We Only Think We Know the Truth About Salt: I liked this article and I'm not sure why. Maybe just because I like when people discover that Things We Know Are True in fact may actually not be true.

Honest Toddler: My friend Erin introduced me to Honest Toddler and it's hilarious. Tweets like: "Toddler Tip: It's never too early for a tantrum. Rage against the machine (mommy)" and "If she's not smelling my head, she's scratching/inspecting it, pulling knots apart or picking out lint. Contemplating a restraining order." And there's a blog! I could die, some of these posts are so funny and true. The latest one on Potty Training Mommy left me in tears (of laughter and shame, I suppose).

10 Rules for Writing Fiction: This is an older article, but I only just discovered it from a tweet the other day. A bunch of authors give their tips for writing fiction. I love this kind of stuff. There are the rules that everyone says: Read your work out loud; Never use adverbs; Schedule time to write; Ask a friend to read it; Don't use a computer with Internet! (I like how some of the authors are old-school, still using pens and paper. Internet? Why is that even a factor?) Some rules contradcit each other like, Read All the Time vs. Never Read Fiction Ever. Here are some helpful and funny rules I loved:

"Writing is work. It's also gambling. You don't get a pension plan. Other people can help you a bit, but ­essentially you're on your own. ­Nobody is making you do this: you chose it, so don't whine." Margaret Atwood

"Do keep a thesaurus, but in the shed at the back of the garden or behind the fridge, somewhere that demands travel or effort. Chances are the words that come into your head will do fine, eg "horse", "ran", "said"." Roddy Doyle

"Remember you love writing. It wouldn't be worth it if you didn't. If the love fades, do what you need to and get it back. Remember writing doesn't love you. It doesn't care. Nevertheless, it can behave with remarkable generosity. Speak well of it, encourage others, pass it on." Al Kennedy

"Write a book you'd like to read. If you wouldn't read it, why would anybody else? Don't write for a perceived audience or market. It may well have vanished by the time your book's ready." Hilary Mantel

"Keep a light, hopeful heart. But ­expect the worst." Joyce Carol Oates

"The writing life is essentially one of solitary confinement – if you can't deal with this you needn't apply." Will Self

Your turn!




Ah, yes, I knew that. I meant that the old-school writers, using pen on paper, were wondering why the younger writers feel Internet is a factor. That came across wrong - I should've put it in quotes or something. :)


I think the writers recommend no internet so you can stay focused on...uh...writing. :)

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