“Successful writers are not the ones who write the best sentences. They are the ones who keep writing. They are the ones who discover what is most important and strangest and most pleasurable in themselves and keep believing in the value of their work despite the difficulties.”

–Bonnie Friedman


Dream a little, dream a lot.
Makes you forget, what you got
Big dreams make you reach higher
Trying to find another high flyer
Take your time and try to find
Someone who can bend your mind

–Richard Milleville

Overused Words

“Take your overused, beaten down, well-worn, and weathered words to the dumpster or to the trash bin on your computer, and dump them. Now find words that are descriptive and fresh to use in your writing. Words that cause emotional thoughts to flow from your mind and the reader. Find words that stick to a slippery surface.”

–Richard Milleville, The Passionate Novel


Criticize; find fault with, disapprove of, disparage, cast aspersions on, reprove, reproach, denounce,censure, nag at, fuss, carp, cavil, pick, net-peck, etc.

These are all words that become so familiar when learning to write. Writing is, emotionally only, similar to being in Army Basic. A hateful relationship has sprouted with the NCO who gets in your face, saying, “Why didn’t you shave? Polish your boots. Your gig line is off. Your brass is green. Your rifle is dirty. Your are a sorry bunch. Drop down and gimme 50, now!”

A realization happens, his job is to enable you to survive, your job is to learn how to survive. Those words may have hurt, but not as much as the impact of a hot slug or the sharp cutting of cold steel.

The positive learning process from criticism in writing will only lead to improvement; the reader does not wish to read something that does not evoke emotion. One has to learn from criticism; it hurts, but when it stops, you no longer feel lost and in the wrong environment.

–Richard Milleville, The Passionate Novel