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Amanda Patterson (Happy Birthday, Max Brooks, born 22 May 1972 Five…)


Amanda Patterson (Happy Birthday, Max Brooks, born 22 May 1972 Five…).

Today is Max Brooks’ birthday!  Don’t know who he is.  He is the author of World War Z.

Happy Birthday, Max Brooks, born 22 May 1972

Five Writing Tips (From Publisher’s Weekly)

  1. Just do it. Writing, like anything, takes practice and discipline, and I’ve found that discipline comes from a lifetime of repetition. I started writing when I was 12 and it’s made the action as normal as any other activity.
  2. Drafts. Nothing is more intimidating than a blank page. Writing in drafts helps to diffuse some of that pressure. My rough draft has one goal; to write “The End.” I have the next 200-300 drafts to make it good.
  3. I always write for me. I write what I want to read. I have no idea what will be popular, but if it’s a story I like, at least I can guarantee that it’ll have one fan.
  4. I’m very careful who I let proofread my unfinished work. Too often people will want to rewrite the entire story or take it in a direction I never intended. Vetting proofreaders over time allows me to find eyes and brains that want to help me get where I originally intended to go.
  5. I married the right person! That’s the most important tip I can give to any artist. It’s hard out there, unpredictable, distracting, and, at times, heartbreaking. My wife knows me better than I know myself and is critical in keeping my mind and heart on the right track. Without her as my battle-buddy, who knows where I, and my work, would be.

Three Quotes

  1. Before I’m a zombie nerd, before I’m a science-fiction nerd, I am a history nerd.
  2. I wrote ‘The Zombie Survival Guide’ because I wanted to read it, and nobody else was writing it. All I’ve been doing with everything I’ve written is answering questions that I had.
  3. Zombie books were going to be my passion projects, but certainly not pay the bills. I thought I was going to have to get a real job on a sitcom or something, and have my zombie books to remind myself I was still a writer at heart. I never thought I could actually pay my bills and write what I wanted.

Brooks is an American horror author and screenwriter. He is the son of comedy filmmaker Mel Brooks and actress Anne Bancroft. He is well-known for World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War.

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

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Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Fun, randomness


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Tuesday (Wednesday) quotes

A day late, I know, but yesterday was a very long day at work.  So, I’m just a tad late with the quotes.  What’s that saying? Mind you in this case it doesn’t really equate to what today’s’ quote posting is about, but it sounds apropos.  A day late and a dollar short.  Literally it means ill timed and ill prepared.  However, even though it’s a day late, there are still quotes to be had.

Friendship is like a book.  It takes a few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write. ~author unknown

It is easier to leave angry words unspoken, than to mend a heart these words have broken. ~author unknown

The most curative thought in the world is the thought of love. ~Norman Vincent Peale

There is no better test of a man’s integrity than his behaviour when he is wrong. ~author unknown

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Posted by on April 25, 2012 in Fun, randomness


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R.I.P. Anne McCaffrey

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R.I.P. Anne McCaffrey, Creator of Pern and The Ship Who Sang.

More via steampunkanachronism:

Anne McCaffrey, author of the “Dragonriders of Pern” series, has died. She was 85 years old.

While much of fantasy fiction focused on male protagonists, McCaffrey’s works featured both men and women as risk-taking heroes and heroines. Her blend of the sci-fi and fantasy genres was also unique and groundbreaking. McCaffrey was the first woman to win a Hugo Award and the first female to win a Nebula Award; she won both sci-fi/fantasy writing prizes in the late 1960s.

Her books reimagined the ancient mythology of dragons, transforming them from enemies of men into friends, creating a psychological and emotional bond between humans and the fire-breathing creatures, and successfully tapping into a deep-seated fantasy most readers didn’t even know they had–the desire to ride on the back of  a dragon and fly across the sky.

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Posted by on November 23, 2011 in Life, randomness


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Quoth the Keyboard

I have to admit, when I come up with a title I usually put in the first thing that pops into my head.  Today there was two, and that was mostly because the first one sounded kind of dumb.  So you get Quoth the Keyboard, which isn’t much better than Quoting the Light Fantastic.  Anyway, on with the quotes.

Take time from doing to enjoy being.  ~T.J. Mills

Nothing is ever lost by courtesy.  It is the cheapest of pleasure, costs nothing and conveys much. ~author unknown

Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life.  ~Kitty O’Neill Collins

There is no greater love than the love that holds on where there seems nothing left to hold on to! ~author unknown


Posted by on July 19, 2011 in Fun, randomness


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