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Diligence is the mother of good fortune,

and idleness,

its opposite,

never brought a man to the goal

of any of his best wishes.

Miguel de Cervantes,  
author of Don Quixote

Write the Truth

Two quotes from Frank Herbert (author of Dune):

Something cannot emerge from nothing.


Truth suffers from too much analysis.

Have you ever heard the saying “write what you know” (yes like “do what you love” except the money doesn’t always follow)? It seems for Frank and many of us when we write honestly and write what we know writing is easy. Let me say that again EASY.

Sure we want the words just right and man it would be great if they always flowed from our brain to paper but sometimes we stare at the paper and wonder “where, what and why, etc.”

We have to remember we are the authors; we have the answers to our stories. So in the midst of creating our character outlines and making up our imaginary worlds (wink, wink) we have to remember that there is always a bit of truth to what we write…only the names have been changed.

So be honest, are you struggling trying to make it all up or are you writing the truth?

Read. Read. Read.

Read. Read. Read.

Just don’t read one type of book.

Read different books by various authors

so that you develop different styles.

R. L. Stine,
Author Goosebumps series

Develop Your Characters

I have a cheat-sheet for each one of my characters about their personality, the way they look, etc. So there is no possible way that I could have writer’s block.

R. L. Stine

Develop your characters. If you fake it readers will notice. If you mix them up, readers will notice. Readers don’t miss much, they notice shifts midstream in character personalities. If you know who your character is inside and out, chances are you are going to know what they will do and as R. L. Stine believes, perhaps you’ll avoid writer’s block. If not, at least your characters will be well developed.


Without change,

something sleeps inside us,

and seldom awakens.

The sleeper must awaken.

Frank Herbert
Sci-fi author, Dune