Much thanks to Colleen at Silver Threading for hosting the inspiring Writer’s Quote Wednesday event every week.
I like this idea. I’m so crazy busy with wrapping up the last courses of my dual bachelor’s degrees and preparing for graduate school that I can’t find the time to work on my novel or short stories. I know — it’s easy to find excuses to put off writing. But one page a day? That sounds doable. And it’s not like I haven’t been writing, granted it’s all nonfiction academic writing, but at least it’s something and at least I’m still writing in my personal journal.
I have a week-long break coming to me in three weeks, and I intend to try this one page a day technique for revising the first draft of my novel. If it works, I’ll try to develop it into a habit and continue the practice while I’m in grad school.
Much thanks to Colleen at Silver Threading for hosting the Writer’s Quote Wednesday event every week!
This David Carr quote is perfect for me this week. I’ve finally gotten comfortable knowing that once I begin writing, no matter how bad it is, I can turn it into something magical.
Look what happens when you stop typing. Don’t wait for plant life to begin growing in your typewriter. Get writing!
“Keep typing until it turns into writing.” —David Carr.
David Michael Carr (September 8, 1956 — February 12, 2015) was an American writer, columnist, and author who passed away last month.
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“Writing a novel is as if you are going off on a journey across a valley. The valley is full of mist, but you can see the top of a tree here and the top of another tree over there. And with any luck you can see the other side of the valley.” —Terry Pratchett
I chose a Terry Pratchett quote to inspire my writing this week. Pratchett was a British author of fantasy novels who passed away just last week on March 12, 2015. He penned an average of two books a year and sold more than 85 million books across the globe. Read more about Terry Pratchett on the Longreads blog.
The painting is by Claude Monet (1840—1926) and is entitled “The Olive Tree Wood in the Moreno Garden.” Monet completed this particular painting in 1884.
A huge thank you to Colleen at Silver Threading for hosting the Writer’s Quote Wednesday event! I chose a P.D. James quote for this week. It’s an appropriate quote for me, as I had a week off from intense history research and had planned to write every day, thought about writing every day, dreamt about writing while I slept every night, but I neglected my writing, and instead, played video games. A much needed break. I did, however, write tons of notes about things I want to change while revising and editing my novel.
“Don’t just plan to write — write. It is only by writing, not dreaming about it, that we develop our own style.” —P.D. James
P.D. James (1920—2014) was an English crime known for her detective novels featuring her protagonist Adam Dalgliesh. She was also named a life peer as Baroness James of Holland Park and sat in the House of Lords as a Conservative. Read more about P.D. James at her official site.
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“I hate writing, I love having written.” —Dorothy Parker
Dorothy Parker (1883—1967) was an American poet, writer of short stories, screenwriter, and critic. As I’m embracing my love/hate relationship with writing this week, Parker’s quote explains that relationship perfectly. I hate finding the motivation to write when I really don’t feel like writing, but I love knowing I have it in me to motivate myself to do. I hate doing writing prompts, but I love having completed one after fifteen minutes of uninterrupted writing about some random topic. I hate revising my novel because I get so overwhelmed by that completed first draft constantly crying to be loved. But I love giving it love, and when I’ve rocked that baby to sleep, I too can rest well. It doesn’t matter that I hate writing; I love having written.
The image was made by me using Photoshop and digital collage papers and elements from Krysty Scrap Designs.
I read the most disheartening article about writing today — a rarity among a supportive community of writers out there who write valuable posts on writing. I follow numerous writing blogs and have always taken away helpful advice on the writing craft, encouragement in times of doubt about my writing, and other relatable aspects that are applicable to writing and the writing life. I won’t mention the title of the article, the author’s name, nor provide a link. I refuse to endorse such discouraging writing. My only hope is that other writers out there who have read similar articles don’t get discouraged or think for a moment — as I did — that you lack talent or are too old to write.
It’s most ironic that the author of the article is a former instructor in an MFA writing program; a person who claims that most of the students in the writing program had nothing provocative to say and no compelling way of expressing themselves. Clearly, this person has no business in fostering any kind learning in an academic institution. Throughout my studies for my bachelor’s degree in creative writing, I’ve had extremely supportive professors who have been encouraging, who have shared their knowledge of the craft and publishing, as well as provided honest feedback. I’ve also had classmates in critique groups who have been brutally honest in their feedback, which has calloused my skin and made me a better writer.
But the discouragement and negativity in the article doesn’t end there. The article also claims that “writer’s are born with talent.” Sure, people are born with all kinds of talents. That doesn’t mean skills and talents are not learnable. Just because I wasn’t born with the ability to listen to a song and play it on a guitar by ear doesn’t mean I can’t learn to read sheet music and strum some melodies. I think the more accurate way to put it is: If you don’t have a passion for writing (or anything, for that matter), then your chances of success diminish. It has nothing to with the special talents you are born with. And it surely has nothing to do with age. In fact, with each passing year, my writing gets better and better. This is true of my nonfiction history writing, my poetry, and my fictional stories.
For others out there who feel as though they’re too old to write, read Words Of Wisdom: You’re Never Too Old To Write at Writer’s Relief and Late Bloomers: 7 Authors Who Prove It’s Never Too Late To Start A Writing Career hosted at Huffington Post.
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Thanks to Colleen at Silver Threading for hosting the Writer’s Quote Wednesday event!“The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.” -Agatha Christie
This Agatha Christie quote spoke to my heart this week. I can’t tell you how often I think of ideas for my writing while doing the dishes. I get into a meditative state and focus on my work-in-progress. By the time I’m done the dishes, I’ve got a good stash of ideas of what to add to a scene or what needs to be changed or deleted.
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A huge thanks to Colleen at Silver Threading for hosting the Writer’s Quote Wednesday event every week. This is a Neil Gaiman quote that I came across today via Brain Pickings. Gaiman offered this advice to aspiring writers during his conversation with Daniel Handler at BAM on February 17, 2015. We don’t need to write for a market. We must write what we want and what we care about. But then again, I’m still writing for love and not money!
Write what you care about. There’s no ‘market.’ —Neil Gaiman
(The image was made by me in Photoshop.)
Thanks to Colleen at Silver Threading for hosting the Writer’s Quote Wednesday event! I laughed out loud at this Virginia Woolf quote about writing. I’m still doing it for love…I think.
A portrait of Woolf by Roger Fry c. 1917.
“Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money.” —Virginia Woolf
About Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) was an English writer and modernist of the twentieth century. She was a prominent figure in London literary society and was a member of the Bloomsbury Group. Woolf’s notable works include the novels Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927), and Orlando (1928), and the book-length essay A Room of One’s Own (1929).
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Much thanks to Colleen of Silver Threading for hosting the Writer’s Quote Wednesday event every week.
“You fail only if you stop writing.” —Ray Bradbury
I usually hunt down an image for my quotes that has some kind of historical relevance or is a historical painting, but with this quote, I wanted something simple. To me, author Ray Bradbury says it all so plain and simply: Just don’t stop writing, no matter what! Failure is not an option, so I guess I must keep writing.