Saturday, March 6, 2010

Frolicking About; Neil Gaiman News; Pro's Prose; My List

'Sup?
How YOU doin'?

I don't generally post on the weekends. Weekends I frolic. This weekend's frolicking will include but not limited to:
~Seeing Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland at our favorite hipster Ritz Theater.


~A visit to the Philadelphia Flower Show
~Various and sundry restaurants for nourishment
~Visiting friends


Anywho, I am posting today for those of us in the states, because I wanted to let you know that FINALLY the piece/interview with Neil Gaiman is going to air tomorrow morning on CBS Sunday Morning. It was supposed to air in November, for Nano, but got bumped due to the Fort Killings. I presumed at this point that it would never air. But husband got Neil's tweet yesterday...barring any new disaster bumping him, it's a go. So set your DVR's if you care to. (He's also going to be at the Oscars, because on Coraline)



Lessons from the Pro's:

I hate a style, as I do a garden, that is wholly flat and regular; that slides along like an eel, and never rises to what one can call an inequality.
— William Shenstone


Cut these words and they would bleed.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

A writer wastes nothing.
— F. Scott Fitzgerald



A writer who does not speak out of a full experience uses torpid words, wooden or lifeless words, such words as "humanitary," which have a paralysis in their tails.
— Henry David Thoreau



I don’t write easily or rapidly. My first draft usually has only a few
elements worth keeping. I have to find what those are and build from them and throw out what doesn’t work, or what simply is not alive.
— Susan Sontag



We were recently asked (by the lovely Rebecca at Diary of a Virgin Novelist) what our list of writing rules are. Here was my response/list.
Lola's Basic Writing Rules:
1) Coffee. Copious amounts of coffee.

2) I aim for 1-2,000 words/day five days/week. (I try not to 'work' on the weekends. That is family, friends, socializing, movie and reading time. M-F I write and/or revise)

3) Remember that first drafts are really about getting to know your characters, getting the story down on 'paper' and are meant to be ROUGH. Just have fun with it. (I kind of consider them to be 50-60,000 word outlines. I know I'm going to kill about 20,000 words of it, and then rewrite it back up to about 100,000 words on the second draft. The third draft involves more killing and ripping, and more rewriting.)

4) Back away from the time suck known as the internet. Just say no. (I struggle with this--it is my fatal flaw procrastination tactic. I often disguise it in the name of 'research'. And by 'research' I mean dilly-dallying around looking at travel sites, pretty pictures, and all manner of non-real research.) This recent blog thing of mine...it's the ultimate time suck.

5) Get up and get some more coffee... and Doritos (or something chocolate). 

Have a Happy Weekend!
Love,
Lola

7 comments:

Piedmont Writer said...

I hear you on the time suck therefore:

#1) yay Neil!

#2) Susan Sontag "...or what simply is not alive."

#3) #3) yes,killing #4) blogging bad #5) chocolate

Have a great weekend!!!

Greenfingers said...

As a man who read/ watched 'Neverwhere' when it was first released in 1996...I guess I might just stick around!
And thank YOU Lola...

Terresa said...

The Shenstone quote is one I'm keeping tucked into my quote file. It is sick good.

As far as writing rules, I like yours, I just sub dark chocolate for coffee.

I'm still mud wrestling my rough draft, but having good dirty fun with it. So Much to Learn, you know? And grateful blessed for writing in my life. It's grand.

Kazzy said...

Tim Burton is one loony genius. I am anxious to see the movie. And Neil... I think he is brilliant too!

Marla said...

Can't wait to see the movie

Icy @ Individual Chic said...

Would lurve to see that movie, but I'll have to wait until DVD.

Also love Neil Gaiman. Did you know he's on twitter as @neilhimself ^_^

B. Miller said...

What did you think of Alice? I had a great time with it when I went to see it this weekend with friends.

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