Shutting Up Instead of Talking

According to Hersh, “songwriting is about shutting up instead of talking.”

Hersh is Kristin Hersh, a songwriter.

This quote reminds me of the old one about writing being easy, just slit your wrists and bleed over the paper, something like that. Possibly less dramatic and drastic sounding, but with the same meaning.

In the end most communication is about shutting off one thing so the flow of ideas can come from another source.… Read the rest

Talking to Conceal


Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself. – Friedrich W. Nietzsche

Think about this next time you’re writing some dialogue. Not just writing between the lines or leaving things out but what part of conversation hides things by using camouflage? Politicians use a lot of words to make it seem they are saying a lot but the words they use actually have little meaning, or the size of the words conceals the fact nothing is really being said at all.… Read the rest

Writing Without Talking

Writing is the best way to talk without being interrupted. – Jules Renard

Feel you never get the last word, never get to finish a sentence. Write instead. You can carry on a conversation as long as you choose. There may be interruptions to the writing itself, but you can continue on adding to the conversation with the written word later.

Slow Down and Start Talking

Usually, when I sit down to write a first-draft scene, the setting, action, and dialogue have already fermented and congealed into form so that I make the most of my time. But every now and then, even with that prep work, when I get it on the page, something’s off. It feels forced, or trite, or something not right, and I find myself stuck.

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Princess Frog Kisser

You’re the Princess who promised to kiss the frog for rescuing your pretty golden ball when it fell in the well. Do you really go through with it and kiss a frog? You don’t know ahead that he is going to turn into a Prince Charming. Maybe that part is just a rumour anyway. Right now it’s just a slimy, slippery talking frog.… Read the rest

Understand the Target

Today on the radio I must have had CBC on. They were talking about marketing. Kind of an interesting topic. I like the science behind it. Not so much the results.

Anyway, an interesting quote (which I don’t have word perfect): “People don’t want to be targeted, they want to be understood.” This was in reference to ads being targeted to groups of people.… Read the rest

Talking With the Walls – Decorate your walls with words, like talking to your walls. Be polite if they answer you.

I liked:

“A good laugh is sunshine in a home.”

“We can not direct the winds but we can adjust our sails.”

“Thou shalt not weigh more than thy refrigerator.”

“Those who wish to sing always find a song.”

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