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Blue Sparrow 2

:
Tweets on Writing,
Reading, and Other
Creative Nonsense

Copyright © 2015 by Ksenia Anske
http://www.kseniaanske.com/

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Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0
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ISBN: 978-1507857823
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Blue Sparrow 2:
Tweets on Writing,
Reading, and Other
Creative Nonsense
Ksenia Anske

WRITER'S LIFE:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.

Write.
Cry.
Cry-write.
Write-cry.
Contemplate death by doughnuts.
Write one brilliant line.
Die from joy.

1

HOW TO HELP A WRITER:
Buy books.
Read books.
Review books.
Buy more books.
Read more books.
Review more books.
Buy even more books.

2

HOW A WRITER WRITES A BOOK:
*decides to write it*
*thinks about it*
*talks about it*
*freaks out about it*
*tweets about it*
*eats cake*

3

7 WAYS TO SUPPORT A WRITER:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.

Buy a book.
Buy a book.
Buy a book.
Buy a book.
Buy a book.
Buy a book.
Buy a book.

4

Writers are not antisocial, writers simply have too
many people in their heads to socialize with
already.

5

Book harder, people, book harder. Write books.
Read books. Buy books. Give books. Hug books.
Kiss books. Sniff books. Love books.

6

I write to know me. I read to know others.

7

HOW WRITERS TAKE SHOWERS:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Turns on water.
Gets a thought.
Writes thought down.
Gets a thought.
Wonders why water is running.

8

WRITING TIP: Don't give up. Don't give up.
Don't give up. Don't give up. Don't give up.
Don't give up. Don't give up. Don't give up.
Don't g

9

I don't want a good night. I'm a writer.
I WANT A NIGHT FULL OF
NIGHTMARES.

10

No matter what anyone says, never stop making
art. The point is not to get famous or make
money, the point is to be happy while doing it.

11

I want to read every book that's ever been
written. *puts every book on the reading list*

12

Reminder: YOU WILL DIE. So it doesn't matter
what anyone thinks. Write. Paint. Sing. Dance.
Act. Make art before it's too late.

13

HOW WRITERS WRITE BOOKS:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.

Drink coffee.
Drink more coffee.
Stare at Twitter.
Type some words.
Delete some words.
Nap.

14

Want to know how to get rid of your shit, all that
painful shit from the past? Become a writer.
Dump your shit on paper. It'll turn to gold.

15

Bad girls make good writers.

16

Those who tell you that books are made of paper
are despicable liars. Books are made of love.
They're only printed on paper.

17

I'm a writer and I don't wear makeup because it
stains pages when I bash my face against them
in frustration.

18

Don't piss off a writer. A pissed off writer will
write you into a book and murder you in the
most outrageous manner.

19

WRITER'S THOUGHT PROCESS:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.

Not good enough.
Not good enough.
Oh! This sounds good.
Nope.
Not good enough.
Not good enough.

20

WRITER STARTING ON A BOOK:
I can do it.
I can do it.
I can do it.
*opens laptop*
*opens new doc*
*stares at the doc*
*eats cake*
*naps*

21

One reason to write every day: the more you
write, the more you believe in yourself; the less
you write, the more self-doubt sets in.

22

Don't trust people who claim to know things.
Trust those who admit they don't know.

23

WRITER'S THOUGHTS BEFORE COFFEE:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6. I think I need coffee.

24

The bravest thing I ever did was deciding to be
myself.

25

The only way out of a bad day is to write about
it.

26

You don't read books?
What else is wrong with you?

27

I write to remember, I read to forget.

28

Call me old fashioned, but I love the feel of real
paper books. The weight. The warmth. The
smell. The texture. The rustle of the pages.

29

Writers are never bored. Writers can sit idle and
stare into nothing for hours, because they're
writing stories in their heads.

30

HOW WRITERS WRITE BOOKS:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.

Stare at the screen.
Type one word.
Think thoughts.
Nap.
Snack.
Stare at the screen.

31

There is a book missing from this world.
YOURS. Write it.

32

Friend: What are you doing?
Me: Writing.
F: And when not writing?
Me: Writing.
F: How?
Me: In my head.
F: You're nuts.
Me: No, I'm a writer.

33

The beauty of writing is, you can be anyone,
anywhere, at any time.

34

WRITER'S MANTRA:
Need to stop tweeting.
Need to start writing.
Need to stop tweeting.
Need to start writing.
Need to...
Oh! Funny cat pics!

35

Writers are fragile girls and boys who have been
broken a thousand times and have mended
themselves with writing.

36

Art liberates you. Create art, and you will always
feel free.

37

If you want to be a writer, you have to be serious
about it and prepare for hard work, because
writing requires cutting yourself open.

38

Writers don't sleep. They pretend by closing their
eyes, but they keep writing on the backs of their
eyelids.

39

Don't worry about anyone reading what you
wrote. The most important thing is, while you
write, you're happy. The rest doesn't matter.

40

WHY BUY REAL PAPER BOOKS:
- For the smell
- For the feel
- For the weight
- For the texture
- For the look
- For the sound of turning pages

41

HOW TO WRITE A BOOK:
Breathe in.
Breathe out.
Open laptop.
Open a new doc.
Write one word.
Go on Twitter.
Brag about writing a book.

42

I'm a writer. Be nice to me. You know what
writers do to people who are not nice? They write
them into books and kill them off.

43

At night I have the deepest conversations
with my brain.

44

BOOKS:
Understand you.
Support you.
Feel you.
Embrace you.
Accept you.
Hear you.
Uplift you.
Inspire you.
Always love you.
Never leave you.
45

WRITERS DRINK:
COFFEE: To write faster.
WINE: To write better.
VODKA: To write harder.
WHISKEY: To write stronger.
TEA: To write longer.

46

Writers are highly sensitive creatures. They feel a
lot, they process a lot, and they talk to a lot of
people in their heads, daily.

47

HOW TO BECOME A WRITER: Write. Write.
Write. Write. Write. Write. Write. Write. Write.
Write. Write. Write. Write. Write. Write. Write.

48

There is no wrong way to write a novel. The only
wrong way is not to write it.

49

Life is too short to not have fun. Write crazy
stuff. Write the things that make your heart beat
faster. And, above all, write for fun.

50

Stressed? READ A BOOK.
Tired? READ A BOOK.
Hungry? READ A BOOK.
Nervous? READ A BOOK.
Poor? READ A BOOK.
Lonely? READ A BOOK.

51

Writing is dreaming on paper.

52

A big part of being a writer is trusting your
readers. Trusting that when you fall, they will
catch you. Because you gave them your heart.

53

Writers are not mad. Writers simply have so
many stories that they carry in their heads, it's
impossible for them not to weird out others.

54

HOW WRITERS GO TO BED:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.

Goes to bed.
Gets a thought.
Jumps out of bed.
Writes down thought.
Goes to bed.
Gets a thought.

55

A writer is a dangerous creature to be treated with
caution. Everything that happens to a writer will
be written into a book and revealed.

56

Writers are fearless creatures. It takes guts to
expose yourself beyond nakedness to the
general public.

57

It's terrifying to be yourself, especially when
others tell you to stop being yourself because it
bothers them. IGNORE THEM AND
CONTINUE.

58

The sound of rain is the best music for writing.

59

Writers, please love other writers.
We're all in it together.

60

There is a book in you, you just haven't
written it yet.

61

I only wear a bra to prevent my boobs from
typing their own story.

62

Stay away from negativity. It destroys creativity.
Surround yourself with positive people and tell
everyone else to take a hike.

63

I swear, writers are the most misunderstood
people.

64

A book is the best vacation for the mind.

65

Write not to get published, write to bleed out
your heart and feel that much lighter.

66

THINGS THAT COUNT AS WRITING:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.

Eating cake.
Counting toes.
Staring out of the window.
Eating more cake.
Sighing.
Napping.

67

Write, because your soul will break apart and
whither if you won't.

68

Writers don't sleep. Writers research nightmares.

69

Cut words like “aspiring” and “amateur” from
your bio. You are who you proclaim yourself to
be. You’ll be an aspiring amateur forever.

70

FUCK FEAR. Make art. Create. Draw. Dance.
Be silly. Read. Write. Tell stories. Or, if you have
no stories to tell, live life until you have.

71

Writers have no holidays, writers always write,
even if it means writing in their heads while
daydreaming.

72

If you don't read books, you don't know what
you're missing.

73

Writing is hard. But not writing is harder.

74

Write a book. Read a book. Buy a book. Give a
book.

75

Writers live in a different world entirely, in the
world of their dreams that is as real to them as
reality is to other people.

76

Writing takes time. Good writing takes good
time. And that is why writers are hermits.

77

Writer, listen. You can do it. You can write that
book. Show it who's the boss. Punch it in the
face. WRITE THE SHIT OUT OF IT. Start
now.

78

READ BOOKS. Unless you want your brain to
shrivel and die.

79

You're a writer. Your work will be rejected
multiple times, your job is to get used to it and
keep writing no matter what anyone says.

80

WRITERS ARE AFRAID OF:
- Blank screens
- Bad reviews
- Stupid people
- Party invites
- Ticking clocks
- Dead ponies
- Angry critics
- Pants

81

Write every day. Read every day. Never stop.
It's the only way to get better.

82

If you want to be a writer, stop talking about
wanting to be a writer and WRITE.
That's all there is to it.

83

All writing is brilliant, because all stories are gold.
If you read a book & don't like it, it means it's
not speaking to you. Read another.

84

HOW TO BEAT WRITER'S BLOCK:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Lean over.
Pick up writer's block.
Beat the shit out of it.
Sit back down.
Keep writing.

85

HOW TO WRITE A BOOK IN 6 MONTHS:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.

Dig a cave.
Hide in a cave.
Turn off shiny Internets.
Chew on roots.
Grow a beard.
Nap.

86

Writing is stressful. Not writing is stressful.
Writers have no hope.

87

Trust yourself. Who cares what others think
about your writing. What does your heart think
about your writing? That's what's important.

88

When in doubt, watch Monty Python.

89

We're all crazy here. We're writers.

90

The worst question to ask a writer:
How is the writing going?

91

Writing well comes from writing without fear,
but writing without fear comes from writing a
lot, every day, until that fear is gone.

92

Writers are always writing, especially when they
have this glazed over look on their face,
staring into nothing.

93

Writing and reading is inseparable. To write
better, you have to read a lot. To read better, you
have to write a lot.

94

Writing is an act of creating beauty. Reading is an
act of absorbing it.

95

Where there is pain, there is a story.

96

Stay true to your heart. The rest will follow.

97

WRITE. Write like mad. Write without looking
back, before the doubt will set in and slow you
down with its miserable whisperings.

98

WRITERS LOVE:
Bookstores.
Libraries.
Writing caves.
Cake.
Quiet corners.
Warm socks.
Absence of stupid people.
Sound of rain.
Silence.

99

If you're thinking about writing, stop. WRITE.
You can always think about it after you're done.

100

WRITING RULES:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.

Write a lot.
Read a lot.
Drink a lot.
Weep a lot.
Snack a lot.
Doubt a lot.
Swear a lot.
Nap a lot.

101

I'm most alive when I'm writing.

102

Once you start making art, people will start
telling you how to make your art. Ignore them.
Stay true to yourself. MAKE ART YOUR OWN
WAY.

103

Read a book once, you get the story. Twice, you
get how it's written. Three times, you get the
writer.

104

It's impossible to please everyone. Write the way
YOU write, at all times, and you'll find your
readers.

105

Writing is both silent and loud. Silent, because
it's words on paper. Loud, because with these
words you can reach the whole world.

106

A book is like a portable time machine.
You open it, and you're gone.

107

My heaven is a bookstore.

108

Make art. Make love. Blast loud music. Get
naked. Dance under the rain. Hug trees. Sing to
the sun. LIVE LIFE.

109

Writing books is like raising children. You don't
sleep, you don't eat, and you want to shoot
yourself every 5 minutes.

110

Nobody understands a writer better than
another writer.

111

Don't rush your story. Just keep writing it every
day and it will unfold on its own merits.

112

HOW WRITERS WHINE:
I want to write.
I don't know what to write.
I'm stuck in writer's block.
Writing is hard.
I want cake.
I'm tired.

113

A writer's life is simple. Write. Write. Write.
Doubt. Scream. Cry. Snack. Write. Snack. Snack
some more. Snack some more. Snack some more.

114

Write like you'd write a love letter to someone
special. Read like you'd read a love letter to you.
And love. Love love love every day.

115

Whenever a writer's brain is depleted, dipping it
into another writer's brain will replenish it.
It's called, reading books.

116

Every story deserves to be written. If you won't
write your story, who will?

117

WRITERS LIKE TO BE:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.

Not bothered.
Not interrupted.
Not talked to.
Not nagged.
Not pestered.
Not disturbed.
LEFT ALONE.

118

Read. Without reading you will have
a hard time writing.

119

Make art. Make beautiful art. Make people feel.
Make people cry. We need to feel more.
We forgot how to.

120

MY WRITING PROCESS:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.

Types some words.
Tweets.
Deletes some words.
Checks Twitter.
Checks Twitter.
Freaks out.
Dies.

121

How to give a writer the best and the cheapest
Christmas present ever: WRITE A BOOK
REVIEW.

122

No matter what happens, you will be okay.
You're a writer, you can survive anything, because
you will turn it into a story.

123

Write with your heart open, edit with your heart
closed.

124

A writer is always naked, naked to the bone,
naked to the soul, exposing it publicly, the blood,
the guts, the everything.

125

It's easy for someone to tell a writer to keep it
together. It's hard for a writer to explain that
falling apart is a writer's job.

126

A writer's mind is like wild grass, it always grows,
always whispers, always sprouts new ideas.

127

Great writing takes time. Take your time and tell
those who try to hurry you to piss off and mind
their own business.

128

Write a lot. Write fast. Write like mad. Think
later.

129

No matter how broken you are,
writing will heal you.

130

The beauty of writing is, you can always rewrite
it.

131

Be foolish. Be unpredictable. Forget about
grammar and rules and every single writing
advice you ever heard. Write from the heart.

132

WRITING TIP: Write until dead. When dead,
write some more.

133

Every time I write, I doubt. Every time I doubt, I
write.

134

ALL RIGHT! THIS IS IT! IMMA GONNA
START WRITING A NOVEL HERE! STAND
ASIDE!!! *dives into laptop* *breaks head*
*breaks laptop*

135

Sometimes happiness is as simple as being able to
curl up on a couch and read your favorite book.

136

No, I don't want to go to a party. No, I don't
want to chat over coffee. No, I'm not hostile or
antisocial. I'm a writer. I want to write.

137

When you compare your writing to that of
others, the reason you think you suck is because
you compare. Don't. You are YOU. Write like
YOU.

138

Stay true to yourself, no matter what anyone says,
keep writing the way YOU write, don't buckle
down. One day you will find YOUR readers.

139

All a writer needs sometimes is a word of
encouragement from another writer. So, hear
this. YOU'RE AWESOME!

140

Ksenia Anske

@kseniaanske
http://www.kseniaanske.com/

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Tweets on Reading, Writing,
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About the Illustrator

Jeff Bergstrand was born in Los Angeles, California
and grew up in the San Fernando Valley where he
later earned a degree in Fine Arts from California
State University, Northridge.

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