I might spend too much time talking about how hard writing is, and not enough time talking about how much joy it gives. Lately, however, I seem to see on Facebook things like, “I want to write a novel. Can someone tell me how to create characters?” or “I’m about to start a novel. Can someone tell me how to publish it?” I could go on and on, but I won’t bore you any more. I scroll right past those posts. I’m no expert on writing, but I have worked hard to get to the level I’m at now. I’ve written more or less constantly for 50 years. I have an entire bookcase full of books on writing, plus quite a few on my Kindle. I’ve had a subscription to Writer’s Digest since the early 70s. So I’ve paid my dues. I have trouble understanding these people because I write for the love of writing, and I’ve learned everything I know because I love to talk and read about writing.

Anyway, to lighten this post up a bit, I found this:




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