Originally posted on Welcome to the Asylum:

“It started out as a feeling
Which then grew into a hope
Which then turned into a quiet thought
Which then turned into a quiet word

And then that word grew louder and louder
Until it was a battle cry
I’ll come back
When you call me
No need to say goodbye

Just because everything’s changing
Doesn’t mean it’s never been this way before
All you can do is try to know who your friends are
As you head off to the war

Pick a star on the dark horizon
And follow the light
You’ll come back when it’s over
No need to say goodbye”

~Regina Specktor (from ‘The Call’)

If you’re going to dream, dream big. If not, don’t waste your time. You’d be better off painting your house, or doing your taxes, or trying to nail jello to the wall.

No, seriously, think about your average kid playing…

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  1. Glad you reposted. It was another good one. Of course now, because of that song, I have a real urge to watch Prince Caspian right now :p

    “There are no magic formulas, only magic.” I like that. It’s rather fitting. It speaks of being born with a gift, I think. If you’re not born with that it’s not going to work, or probably even worse if you try to force a so called formula on what you already have, it will ruin things that would have been fine, or even stellar otherwise. Stephen King has talked about people wanting to know where he got his ideas, as though by knowing they could duplicate his success. Where other authors get their ideas fascinates me, but definitely not for that reason. I think I like to know because the creative process is so enjoyable for me, that even going in depth with another person’s ideas is just as entertaining. Not to mention that it increases my knowledge and I can sound really smart :p

    Also thanks for that bit about query letters! That’s the one thing about the process that bothers me. I worry if mine can be good enough. Last year I even bought a book on it because you so often hear that if your query sucks you won’t get anyone to care, but if you say you’re not good at it, I think I can rest a lot easier about it :)

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