September 10th, 2007

Getting Help

I’ve been writing a new novel, among too many other things. And I’m stuck.

I kind of wrote myself into a corner – The story’s headed one way and my idea was for it to head another way.

Now – I’m a coach and I’m always being coached. So this should be a simple problem. But I realized that I don’t want to help myself – so I’ve been in a quandary. Until I realized that what I want is a collaborator, actually, a particular one.

My daughter, Deborah, is a great writer – with several books published and more on the way. But she disqualifies herself (temporarily, I’m sure) from writing fiction. So I asked my brother. Alan is a beautiful writer and I’ve learned from him. Someday we will see “How We Spend Our Days” by Michael & Alan Lipp

Useful Quotations

The lightning spark of thought generated in the solitary mind awakens its likeness in another.
Thomas Carlyle

If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas
George Bernard Shaw

The reward of a successful collaboration is a thing that cannot be produced by either of the parties working alone. It is akin to the benefits of sex with a partner, as opposed to masturbation. The latter is fun, but you show me anyone who has gotten a baby from playing with him or herself, and I'll show you an ugly baby, with just a whole bunch of knuckles.
Harlan Ellison

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Creating Today - A daily journal on creativity
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