Shannon Stacey

Briefly horoscoping & writing advice

My husband took me out for breakfast this morning and, since we were there without children, we each took one of the small daily newspapers so as not to have to communicate with one another. (Just kidding…mostly.) After whizzing through the so-not-the-NYT crossword, I scanned my horoscope.

VIRGO: You may offer your advice free of charge, but the other person still pays for it with his or her attention. You have something powerful to impart, but do it in only a sentence or two. Brief is best.

Hmm…what kind of writing advice can be given in just one sentence?

If it doesn’t make you laugh or make you cry, it’s not strong enough yet.

How ’bout you? One sentence (even if you’re not a Virgo).

17 comments to “Briefly horoscoping & writing advice”

  1. Jaci Burton
      · November 13th, 2008 at 12:23 pm · Link

    Take your writing career seriously, because if you don’t, no one else will.

  2. azteclady
      · November 13th, 2008 at 1:58 pm · Link

    (not a writer but hey, lemme try)

    Keeping the butt in the chair and the hands on the keyboard does not mean blog hopping.


  3. Charlene Teglia
      · November 13th, 2008 at 2:49 pm · Link

    You should never be too busy to accept a tea party invitation from a small child.

  4. Melani Blazer
      · November 13th, 2008 at 2:46 pm · Link

    Oooh, good ones. Um, thinking…

    If you don’t think of your characters are real people, no one else will.

    (We’re not playing dress up dolls here. Characters have to have a past that has shaped them, tagged on baggage and skewed their perspectives in some way. They’re opinionated, quirky and unique. They’y’re far from perfect. And they all don’t look like Barbie and Ken)

  5. Angela James
      · November 13th, 2008 at 2:50 pm · Link

    Act professional even when you think no one is watching.

  6. Rhonda
      · November 13th, 2008 at 3:24 pm · Link

    Finish what you start and fix what you finish.

  7. Sheila Lee
      · November 13th, 2008 at 7:06 pm · Link

    Don’t take any crap. (from a Gemini)

  8. Annmarie
      · November 13th, 2008 at 10:17 pm · Link

    Ask for help if you need it and don’t be surprised when you get it. (From another Gemini)

  9. Michelle (MG)
      · November 13th, 2008 at 11:12 pm · Link

    Know who your friends are, the ones who will be there for you, and be there for them too.

    OR, more to the point

    It’s not all about you

    (um, that’s not “you” as in you, Shannon, that’s “you” as in the general sense :doh: )

  10. Mandy M Roth
      · November 14th, 2008 at 8:51 am · Link

    “Finish what you start and fix what you finish.”

    I love this line!

  11. Shiloh Walker
      · November 14th, 2008 at 9:27 am · Link

    Focus on the writing and not all the extraneous stuff.

  12. Shannon
      · November 14th, 2008 at 10:25 am · Link

    This is awesome! I love them.

    Keeping the butt in the chair and the hands on the keyboard does not mean blog hopping.

    Well…crap. :ignore:

  13. Kerry Allen
      · November 14th, 2008 at 9:53 am · Link

    Absurdity is the best remedy for writer’s block.

    (Sometimes I can’t figure out how to get from Point A to Point B, and it’s easy to get bogged down. Throw in some complications like clowns and drag queens and talking raccoons, though, and more often than not, something plausible will shake loose. But maybe that’s just me. :boogie: )

  14. Gennita Low
      · November 14th, 2008 at 11:06 am · Link

    A sense of humor gives a sense of balance in every endeavor. Or, if all fails, good creamy chocolate with hazel nuts.

  15. BevQB
      · November 14th, 2008 at 11:12 am · Link

    Please yourself first, and the rest will follow.

  16. Ann Aguirre
      · November 14th, 2008 at 4:08 pm · Link

    Believe you can, even when everyone else says, “You can’t.”

  17. Emma Petersen
      · November 14th, 2008 at 6:09 pm · Link

    You should never be too busy to accept a tea party invitation from a small child. Love this. :nod:

    Keep going even when it seems like giving up is the best option. :bang:

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