I love quotes, especially when they are uplifting and encouraging about the struggles in our life. Writing is as much a joy as it is a struggle. Many people dream to write, few actually do. This first one is my favorite.
“Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.” – Barbara Kingsolver
“First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him!” – Ray Bradbury
“Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen.” – Willa Cather
“I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” – Douglas Adams
“Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.” – William Faulkner
“I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.” – Gustave Flaubert
“You learn by writing short stories. Keep writing short stories. The money’s in novels, but writing short stories keeps your writing lean and pointed.” – Larry Niven
Until Next Time…
I visited Linda Lochridge’s website where she shared an amazing post by Byran Hutchinson at http://www.positivewriter.com. Here he lists 51 incredible writing resources. Bryan did an amazing job and it is worth your time to visit.
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I assume I’m like most writers, I really don’t like the editing process. At. All. I allow myself to write like a mad fiend through the first draft and let it fly no matter what. Then I put it away. I don’t want to look at it, but it rarely leaves my mind. This is the beginning of processing what I’ve written, what plot holes are awaiting my fall, what character is thinner than cardboard and oh my gosh what happened to the conflict?
Those are the more difficult issues to fix so after I’ve pulled it back up on my laptop for the millionth time, I submit it for editing to Writer’s Digest. I’ve worked with some awesome editors and authors at WD and feel as though the feedback was worth every penny! I used them on my upcoming new short story “Blurred Lines”, but…there’s that darned grammar that continues to bite me in the behind.
A few weeks ago I shared a free writing tool called Autocrit and I hope you have found it helpful. I have. I’ve used it until it wouldn’t allow me to submit anymore for the day. But, I found that it didn’t help me with commas and although it did identify “ly” words, it didn’t always help me with passive voice. After much investigation for other tools, I have just signed up for Grammarly.com. It far exceeded the other editing websites that I had sampled.
- Stylewriter (will suggest a better word to use)
Since I write so much in my resume business, blog, fiction and newsletters I found that Grammarly.com is well worth the purchase. Hopefully, out of the above group you will find what works best for you and continue to dial into great writing!
Until Next Time…
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Owning our story can be hard but not nearly
as difficult as spending our lives running
from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is
risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up
on love and belonging and joy—the experiences
that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we
are brave enough to explore the darkness will we
discover the infinite power of our light.
~ Brené Brown
It is easy to write. Just sit in front of your
typewriter and bleed.
Memoir isn’t the summary of a life;
it’s a window into a life, very much
like a photograph in its selective
composition. It may look like a casual and
even random calling up of bygone events. It’s
not; it’s a deliberate contruction.
~William Zinsser, On Writing Well
Until Next Time…
Here are a few bits of wisdom and inspiration to power you through your Tuesday.
Strong lives are motivated by dynamic purposes.
If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes.
St. Clement of Alexandra
Dream big and dare to fail.
We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day.
The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.
Arthur C. Clarke
Well begun is half done.
The best way out is always through. – Robert Frost
Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant. There is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks.
Johann Gottfried Von Herder
And all may do what has by man been done.
Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.
Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need.
If the wind will not serve,
take to the oars.
Destitutus ventis, remos adhibe
Men’s best successes come after their disappointments.
Henry Ward Beecher
No star is lost once we have seen,
We always may be what we might have been.
You cannot plough a field by
turning it over in your mind.
Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.
William B. Sprague
Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.
Keep writing and until next time…
For any of you that have kids, raising kids and hitting hard times. Here’s some hope for you. My son posted this on my Facebook today. We have come a long long way. So know when you’re kids are reaching that age, that things change for the better and a real relationship begins to blossom. Here’s my son’s post.
“Some of you know this woman for the strong and loyal person she is. I have the privilege of knowing as more. She is my mom. And more than just being strong and loyal, I know her something for more rare, her consistency. My mom is my oldest friend and my rock. I have had the gift of knowing her for the last 22 years, but today is a reminder that I get to appreciate her another day. I have one mom, and today I get to celebrate the fact she’s made it another. Happy birthday. Here’s to another 40 plus years together. I love you very much. Have a good day.
And of course I cried. :)
Until Next Time…