Wednesday, April 25, 2007

This blog is over...

Well, not exactly over, just shifting to another blog...My Writing Mentor! You'll still find great quotes to inspire your writing, but you'll also find a little bit more...

Do you ever wish you had a writing mentor?

Someone to give you advice, answer your questions, and prod you on?

My Writing Mentor consists of tips, helps, and answers for finding success in the publishing world.

My Writing Mentor will also answer your questions ... or find someone who can. Simply leave your questions in the comment field of any post and watch for the answer in upcoming issues. Newsletters will be sent out the 1st and 15th of every month.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Someone long dead...

One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone long dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.

~~Carl Sagan, astronomer and writer (1934-1996)

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Monday, April 23, 2007


An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate.

~~Francois Rene Chateaubriand

Friday, April 20, 2007


Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of yourlife.

~~Lawrence Kasdan, screenwriter, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

So much further on...

Another one from Lewis...

"What you want is practice, practice, practice. It doesn't matter what we write (at least this is my view) at our age, so long as we write continually as well as we can. I feel that every time I write a page either of prose or of verse, with real effort, even if it's thrown into the fire the next minute, I am so much further on."

~~C.S. Lewis, Letters of C.S. Lewis to Arthur Greeves

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

You know you're a writer when...

You know you're a writer when you receive a clothing catalog and immediately scan the models' faces to see if they match a character in your wip instead of looking at the clothes.

~~Vickie McDonough

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

"Write Away"...

Lynnette Horner sent me several good quotes from mystery author Elizabeth George's book "Write Away":

"You will be published if you possess three qualities - talent, passion, and discipline. You will probably be published if you possess two of the three qualities in either combination - either talent and discipline, or passion and discipline. You will likely be published if you possess neither talent nor passion but still have discipline. Just go to the bookstore and pick up a few 'notable' titles and you'll see what I mean. But if all you possess is talent or passion, if all you possess is talent and passion, you will not be published. The likelihood is you will never be published. And if by some miracle you are published, it will probably never happen again." - p253

"A lot of writing is simply showing up. A lot of writing is being willing to show up day after day, same time and same place. A lot of writing is being able to put the work first simply because it is the work. A lot of writing is being able to delay gratification." - p254

"Authors are those guys who hope to get rich quick with a big sale to a big publisher followed by a lucrative movie deal. They write the same novel over and over and they declare at the beginning of their careers that if they don't get published, they'll give it up. Writers, on the other hand, are those guys who'd write anyway. They have to breathe, after all. They have to live." - p254

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