Thursday, May 31, 2012

WHO IS GOING TO STOP YOU FROM WRITING THAT BOOK...YOU!?
What a great first class with my editing students last night.  Editing your masterpiece is really all about self esteem, instinct and an unwavering belief in your unique voice.
This quote of Ayn Rand's is one of my favorites:
'Every man is free to rise as far as he's able or willing, but it's only the degree to which he thinks that determines the degree to which he'll rise.'
Start thinking that you can do it and you will.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

BOOKS THAT SHAPE YOUR LIFE
The books that you loved and treasured growing up, shaped the adult life you now lead.  The characters and stories influenced the directions you headed in and who you associated with.  I studied in NYC because of reading Lily Brett's Just Like That.  I realized men and women were very different after experiencing Anna Karenina.  I travelled to Europe after consuming The Book Thief and City of Thieves.  I am a big backer of the underdog after To Kill A Mockingbird, Came Back To Show You I could Fly, So Much To Tell You and The Collected Works of TS Spivet moved me beyond belief.
What books have shaped your life?

Monday, May 14, 2012

LET PAINTING INSPIRE YOU
If you get stuck writing and feel you may be experiencing writer's block, look up some art.  Sit with a painting and figure out the story behind it.  Then let that information bleed back into your story in some way.  This is a great device to jump start the subconscious brain.  Plus it's a great procrastination tool and you get to look at cool pictures.  To stop the procrastination going into an all out art gallery experience, only allow yourself one viewing.  Then go straight back to your writing.  

Monday, May 7, 2012

BEGINNER'S NOVEL WRITING IN THE VALLEY
I'm also teaching my infamous novel writing class in the Valley this Summer.  Check out LA Creative Studios Website to sign up fast.

Friday, May 4, 2012

BEGINNER'S NOVEL WRITING CLASS - SIGN UP FAST
My much anticipated beginner's novel writing class will start its next session May 31st.  Running for 10 weeks in Echo Park, you will write your very first novel from start to finish.  All writing levels are welcomed and no experience is necessary.  This class will produce a novel out of even the most dubious participant!  Fun, challenging, inspiring and life changing, you will achieve what most would-be writers never do - you will complete a novel.  
Email fast to reserve your spot.  Class sizes are kept extremely small for personalized attention.  Cost $475

Thursday, May 3, 2012

INSPIRATION BOARDS
One of the most fun (but be careful - it can turn into procrastination) tools to use when writing a novel, is the infamous inspiration board.  Cut out images of anything that floats your boat and then see if you can put all those elements in your book.  Sometimes having strange goals like crafting a fluffy grey bunny or an exotic fruit from Fiji into your novel can be thrilling and strangely helpful.  Try it, I dare you!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


SUPPORT DARLING MAGAZINE
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