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Motivating myself

I have discovered that since my accident I have been unmotivated to write fiction…and posts about writing fiction! I think it is because I have been putting so much effort into my healing and working my muscles. So today I am went searching for motivational quotes to get me back in gear. I thought I would share a few here. And then I will start writing!!

                                                                                                          Margaret Atwood is one of my favorite writers,
so I take her advice to heart

True!! Even though I have no interest in writing Haikus, I do find the same issue with my Flash Fiction

Indeed, one can remake the world as one wants   


And, finally:

Calvin knows best!




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Today I wanted to write about everything….and nothing. I had ideas for story prompts, dialogue, all sorts of things…but no momentum to actually write about such things.  I decided to write about everything after all–just in other people’s words. Sometimes it is helpful to look at other writer’s thoughts and quotes to be inspired.

So, prepare to be inspired….

On William Faulkner:  Sometimes, of a Sunday morning, he used to stroll by a house I occupied in Beverly Hills. I noticed him only because the sight of anyone walking in that environment stamped as an eccentric and indeed, it eventually got him into trouble. A prowl car picked him up and he had a rather sticky time of it. The police were convinced he was  a finger man for some jewelry mob planning to knock over one of the fancy residences. —S.J. Perelman*

On Ezra Pound: I went to see him a couple of times, but I was little uneasy with him. Pound always had some new discovery or enthusiasm; he was always finding the lowdown on something. On one of my visits to his little apartment, he announced loudly, “I’ve got the lowdown on the Elizabethan drama! It was all cribbed from these books,” and he carried out two huge volumes of the Venetian State Papers. Well, it was a real discovery: the plots of several Elizabethan plays did come out of the Venetian State Papers. — Malcolm Cowley*

On inspiration: One of the most difficult things is the first paragraph. I have many months on a first paragraph and once I get it, the rest  just comes out very easily. In the first paragraph you solve most of the problems with your book. The theme is defined, the style, the tone. At least in my case, the first paragraph is a kind of sample of what the rest of the book is going to be. That’s why  writing a book of short stories is much more difficult than writing a novel. Every time you write a short story, you have to begin all over again. —Gabriel Garcia Marquez*

It is not inspiration; it is expiration. [the gaunt, fine hands on the thorax; evacuation of the chest; a great breathing out from himself] —Jean Cocteau*

Listening to the rhythm of his water drinking [her dog, Basset’s] made me recognize the difference between sentences and paragraphs, that paragraphs are emotional and sentences are not. —Gertrude Stein*

From the Curmudgeons:

Fame is a vapor; popularity an accident; the only earthly certainty is oblivion —Mark Twain**

A doctor’s reputation is made by the number of eminent men who die under his care —George Bernard Shaw**

I prefer the wicked rather than the foolish. The wicked sometimes rest —Alexandre Dumas**

What people call insincerity is simply a method by which we can multiply our personalities —Oscar Wilde**

On being heard: “To gain your own voice, you have to forget about having it heard.” —Allen Ginsberg***

“I don’t care if a reader hates one of my stories, just as long as he finishes the book.”—Roald Dahl***

“When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, ‘I am going to produce a work of art.’ I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.”
George Orwell ***


*The Writer’s Chapbook, by George Plimpton

**The Portable Curmudgeon, by Jon Winokur

***Writer’s Digest.com




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