About Chip

Mostly Harmless

Self-Seeking

"My advice about reading advice on writing would be to remember that you’re trying to discover how >you< yourself do this very peculiar thing, not *how it’s done*. Those will not necessarily be the same." — William Gibson, via Twitter @GreatDismal

Don’t Fight the Feeling

"So much of writing is a mental game. You will *always* have days where you think your book is awful. I’ve learned this is less about the book, and more about my own mindset.

The writers who finish books make friends with this feeling. It’s temporary. Don’t let it run the show.💙" — Jess Keating via Twitter @Jess_Keating

A Difference of Degrees

“Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object” — Albert Camus

So in that book you’re writing, hide the twist behind all those beautiful twilights until you reveal the truth in one dazzling sunrise at the end…

Sound and Fury

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” — Aldous Huxley

To me, expressing the inexpressible is what writing seeks to achieve and rarely succeeds, which is maddening. When it happens to hit the mark, however, it is glorious.