Friday, June 1, 2007

What Comes Next?

A book is like a man—clever and dull, brave and cowardly, beautiful and ugly. For every flowering thought there will be a page like a wet and mangy mongrel, and for every looping flight a tap on the wing and a reminder that wax cannot hold the feathers firm too near the sun.
- John Steinbeck

This is a comforting thought on the days when my characters are stuck in awkward moments, paused on the cusp of brilliant dialogue that refuses to emerge, chained to the middle of a chapter while their creator desperately asks herself "What comes next?"


  1. Ahh good quote and very good thought.

    Hang in there, things will sort themselves out.


  2. They always do. I either write through it (gritting my teeth and using interesting language) or do something else that leaves my mind free to wander around.

    The solution usually shows up around 3 am and then I have to remember it for the morning. =)


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