Author has written 5 stories for August Rush, and NCIS.
I've been writing stories since before I could remember, but thankfully my dad kept one of my first 'books' - a collection of paragraph-long stories written when I was 7-years-old or something - so that we both can be perpetually amused. I do, however, remember writing stories, stories and more stories (none of them ever got finished) under my desk while in class all through middle school and the beginning of high school as well. My last two years of high school, I actually took classes in creative writing - what a concept! I could actually write on TOP of my desk!
If you're wondering why I wrote under my desk in class instead of after school...well (aside from the fact that I was bored in school) its because after school I was too busy with my other great passion - horses. I've been riding since age seven, got my first horse at age 12, and continue to dedicate much of my time to the study of Parelli Natural Horsemanship and the concept of natural collection. In college, my writing fell by the wayside when class actually got interesting (most of them, anyway) and my professional goals in the horse industry demanded much of my time outside of school, but I'm glad to say that I'm back to writing now and a whole lot better at it than I was in middle school. (After three years of being an English Lit major, reading some of the best literature around and writing term papers up the wazoo, one would certainly hope so.)
I dream of one day publishing a novel (or a few novels), and I am so grateful that I discovered FanFiction because it has been an excellent source of entertainment and inspiration, an awesome venue for experimenting with my own writing and learning as I go, and (thanks to the magic of REVIEWS) a great supply of encouragement and connection as well.
Below you'll find some of my favorite quotes/thoughts on writing. Also, I love to chat, so if you want to send me a message to discuss my stories, your stories, writing in general, horses, NCIS or whatever, go right ahead!
From William Faulkner's Nobel Prize Speech, give on 10 December 1950:
"...the young man or woman writing today has forgotten the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself which alone can make good writing because only that is worth writing about, worth the agony and the sweat.
He must learn them again. He must teach himself that the basest of all things if to be afraid; and, teaching himself that, forget it forever, leaving no room in his workshop for anything but the old verities and truths of the heart, the old universal truths lacking which any story is ephemeral and doomed - love and honor and pride and compassion and sacrifice. Until he does so, he labors under a curse. He writes not of love but of lust, of defeats in which nobody loses anything of value, of victories without hope and, worst of all, without pity or compassion. His griefs grieve on no universal bones, leaving no scars...
Man is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. The poet's, the writer's, duty if to write about these things. It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past. The poet's voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail."
Faulkner is one of my very FAVORITE authors, and, if you haven't given him a try, you should. The first time I read The Sound and the Fury, I HATED it. When I read it again some two years later, it became and remains one of my favorite books of all time. (Some of my other Faulkner faves include: Light in August, The Reivers, Absalom, Absalom! and the short story, Barn Burning.) This speech is so beautiful and inspiring to me, if you want to read it in full (it's not long) you can find it . For the record, I don't believe that Man ALONE among creatures had a soul or a spirit capable of great things, but, because I am an open-minded kind of girl, I don't let that stop me from appreciating Faulkner's message.
More quotes about writing:
"Writers aren't exactly people...they're a whole lot of people trying to be one person." ~F Scott Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald was my favorite author in high school, and when I found this quote I just had to laugh, because when you've argued with your characters, when you've found an old story in the back of your closet and felt like you just had a reunion with an old friend, it just seems SO true.
"If you would be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams - the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn." ~Robert Southey
I used a shorter version of this quote to preface a poetry book that I created for a class my Senior year of high school, and I still love it and keep it in mind as I write. Along the same vein...
"Rule 17. Omit needless words. Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that every writer make all sentences short, or avoid all detail and treat subjects only in outline, but that every word tell."
This is from a little book called The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White. This is my favorite of the rules presented in the book, because, as I like to think of it, the ART of writing lies not so much in putting words on paper as it does in taking them off, in being willing to go back again and again to find the precise combination of words that expresses your point most powerfully and most efficiently. Plus, as a fan of NCIS, I like 'rules.' :-)
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