Sunday, October 20, 2013

365 Days of Happy - Day 294

I really want to write more. I feel like I've lost that creativeness. But I already have ideas for the next blog I'm going to create, and it will be mostly all original content. But sometimes it's so hard to be creative, sometimes it's so hard to write a good sentence, and if you're anything like me, you pore over sentences and word structure for hours. Here are some of my favorite quotes, from 25 Insights on Becoming a Better Writer.

'Don't just plan to write -- write. It is only by writing, not dreaming about it, that we develop our own style.' - PD James

'You can never read your own book with the innocent anticipation that comes with that first delicious page of a new book, because you wrote the thing. You've been backstage. You've seen how the rabbits were smuggled into the hat. Therefore ask a reading friend or two to look at it before you give it to anyone in the publishing business. This friend should not be someone with whom you have a romantic relationship, unless you want to break up.' - Margret Atwood

'Find your best time of the day for writing and write. Don't let anything else interfere. Afterwards it won't matter to you that the kitchen is a mess.' - Esther Freud

'Have the courage to write badly.'

'If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don't just stick there scowling at the problem. But don't make telephone calls or go to a party;  if you do, other people's words will pour in where your lost words should be. Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient.' - Hilary Mantel

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