Juicy Writing: Inspiration and Techniques for Young Writers
Why being a writer is good: You get paid to make stuff up, you get to travel because it's research, you can stay home and work in your pyjamas.
Why being a writer is bad: Sitting by yourself in your study for hours is lonely.
Brigid Lowry knows the highs and lows of being a writer, but she still thinks it's a joy. In this book she takes you on a journey to discover yourself and what you really want to say, AND how to make it juicy and original. So, what do you need to begin? Where can you find ideas? How can you make your writing better? What can you do if you get stuck?
Let Brigid inspire you to doodle, daydream and discover your creativity - then write hard and fast into the wild land of your imagination. If you ever thought you'd like to write, start reading Juicy Writing!
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Page 54 - A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged; it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and the time in which it is used.
Page 63 - If you would be pungent, be brief ; for it is with words as with sunbeams — the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.
Page 114 - Home is the place where, when you have to go there, They have to take you in.
Page 51 - What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.
Page 138 - Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler.
Page 146 - There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another which states that this has already happened.
Page 42 - Outside of a dog. a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.
Page 35 - In English my name means hope. In Spanish it means too many letters. It means sadness, it means waiting. It is like the number nine. A muddy color. It is the Mexican records my father plays on Sunday mornings when he is shaving, songs like sobbing.
Page 146 - A handy short definition of almost all science fiction might read: realistic speculation about possible future events, based solidly on adequate knowledge of the real world, past and present, and on a thorough understanding of the nature and significance of the scientific method. To make this definition cover all science fiction (instead of "almost all") it is necessary only to strike out the word "future".
Page 84 - Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.