“The scariest moment is always just before you start.” Stephen King Today, start your writing practice from the window. You can use this image as a start or wherever you are look out the window. Freewrite, start a poem or a story, a sentence or even just a word.
In a mood of faith and hope my work goes on. A ream of fresh paper lies on my desk waiting for the next book. I am a writer and I take up my pen to write. Pearl S. Buck I guess that’s all it takes to keep writing, faith and hope and of course… Continue reading A Ream of Fresh Paper
When I read it, I don’t wince, which is all I ever ask for a book I write. I knew that there was one thing I wanted to be and that was a writer. Culture’s worth huge, huge risks. Without culture we’re all totalitarian beasts. Norman Mailer Three weeks before Norman Mailer died at 84… Continue reading Norman Mailer quotes In Memorium
Writing is pretty crummy on the nerves.~ Paul Theroux Although I’ve been writing almost every day since I started my blog in July, I do have days where nothing works. Other days, poems are produced almost effortlessly and characters pop into my head and my dreams and seem to write themselves. One book I took… Continue reading Again with the Writer’s Block
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. – Calvin Coolidge Another quote that bolsters the… Continue reading “Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb”
Writing is not the lottery. New writers have to be realistic about what it takes to get published. But there is one similarity to the lottery: You have to play to win.— Lori Perkins, literary agent This morning this headline on wordstrumpet’s blog intrigued me. “Publishing’s Dirty Little Secret”. Very good post, thanks wordstrumpet. Yesterday,… Continue reading Getting Published
It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous. ~Robert Benchley Are you a talented writer or are you like many published authors…persistent. Many authors will tell you that they don’t believe they are the most talented,… Continue reading A Talent for Writing