"Friendly reminder that all humans have specific cultures. Even those whom you think don’t. Here’s the cultural iceberg model (Hall)" (via Twitter @EbonyTeach)
"Does the imagination dwell the most /
Upon a [lover] won or a [lover] lost?" — WB Yeats
"Matter + Cohesion + Energy + Gravity trying to restore equilibrium = Ripples." via Twitter @_Astro_Nerd_
She’s talking physics, but I’m seeing the same concept applied to writing fiction.
The undisturbed surface of a pond is at equilibrium, like a blank sheet of paper.
Add characters (matter) cohesion (what draws them together) energy (what the characters are doing) and gravity (the circumstances pulling them apart) and you get increasing/decreasing tension in waves, like ripples. You can move the variables around using mathematical principles to keep the story in balance.
I’m going to need to think about this a bit, but it makes more sense to me than a lot of "how to write" book advice.
"beauty is but the beginning of terror.
We can barely endure it
and are awed
when it declines to destroy us." — Rainer Maria Rilke, The First Elegy, from Duino Elegies
"Imagination is the highest kite one can fly." — Lauren Bacall
"Remember to recognize the small successes that you will have. Don’t let the brightness of that big goal blind you to what happens on the way toward the goal. Meet one wave at a time and enjoy what progress you make.” — Lucille Ball