A Very Short Story

How long do you look at a page before you start to type something? I wrote and edited one essay today and then I started another one. The cursor had been blinking on the page for more than an hour before I realized I was done. This isn’t a ‘writer’s block’ thing. This short story will stand at just two words.

As the story goes, Ernest Hemingway was challenged to write a story in six words.  He did:  For Sale. Baby Shoes. Never Worn.

My story stands at two words: Expletive Deleted!

14 favorite literary themed quotes

quote, quotation marks, writingEverybody can use a little inspiration, especially when writing.  Here’s a few quotes that I’ve tracked down to do just that.  If they don’t inspire you, maybe they’ll make you laugh, or think – and then I’ll feel like I contributed in a way:

“I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.” ~ Stephen King

“Words are a lens to focus one’s mind.” ~ Ayn Rand

“The first draft of anything is shit!” ~ Ernest Hemingway

“This wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One of us has to go.” ~ Oscar Wilde

Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way. ~ Ray Bradbury

Mistakes are the portals of discovery. ~ James Joyce

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” ~ Jack Kerouac

“Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters.” ~ Neil Gaiman

“What is art? Prostitution.” ~ Charles Baudelaire

“My object in living is to unite
My avocation and my vocation
As my two eyes make one in sight.”
~Robert Frost from Two Tramps in Mudtime

“Writers are a little below the clowns and a little above the trained seals.” ~ John Steinbeck

“We have art to save ourselves from the truth.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.” ~ Hunter S. Thompson

What’s your favorite quote?

I read how many books in 2012?

There aren’t a lot of books on my list, and I’m not publishing it here for bragging rights.  Fifteen was my magic number.  I have a friend who keeps a spreadsheet of books that he reads – I think for him it’s a little brotherly competition, plus he likes to make lists.  He and his brother tend to read between 40-50 books a year each.  I don’t have that much time on my hands, nor do I think I could ever read that many books in a year.  Anyhow, check out these gems!

Anthony Bourdain: Kitchen Confidential
Anthony Bourdain: The Nasty Bits
Anthony Bourdain: Medium Raw
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Shucked: Life on a New England Oyster Farm: Erin Byers Murray
Richard Branson: Like A Virgin
Ernest Hemingway: A Moveable Feast
F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby
Malcolm Gladwell: The Tipping Point
Malcolm Gladwell: Outliers
Photographs Not Taken: edited by Will Steacy
Inbound Marketing: Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah
The Startup of You: Reid Hoffman
REWORK: Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
Stephen King: On Writing

There were probably a few others, but they are escaping me at this moment.  My goal is to read twice as many books this year.  I’m not so concerned about topics (since some were all over the map) – rather, I’m interested in how people write about their past experiences.  With that in mind, if you run into me in a bookstore, chances are I’ll be in the Memoir / Creative Non-Fiction section.  Where would you be?

There were also a few business-related books in that mix.  I was able to extract a few great ideas and put them into practice.  You can always use a few great ideas.