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There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
   ―  Maya Angelou
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On This Day In:
2016 Just Borrowed
2015 Warning
2014 Always More Productive
2013 Is Not
2012 Loosely Translated
2011 Your Opinions Are Not My Facts

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Writing a book is a bit like surfing…   Most of the time you’re waiting.  And it’s quite pleasant, sitting in the water waiting.  But you are expecting that the result of a storm over the horizon, in another time zone, usually, days old, will radiate out in the form of waves.  And eventually, when they show up, you turn around and ride that energy to the shore.  It’s a lovely thing, feeling that momentum.  If you’re lucky, it’s also about grace.  As a writer, you roll up to the desk every day, and then you sit there, waiting, in the hope that something will come over the horizon.  And then you turn around and ride it, in the form of a story.
   ―  Tim Winton
Found at one of the blogs I follow:  A Not So Jaded Life
The specific post can be found at:  http://anotsojadedlife.wordpress.com/2016/05/30/23-tips-from-famous-writers-for-new-and-emerging-authors/
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On This Day In:
2015 What About Today?
2014 Idiot, n.
2013 Temporary Reality
2012 The Great Objective
2011 Read A Book

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A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
  –  Gilbert K. Chesterton
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On This Day In:
2015 To Be Effective In The Modern World
2014 A Little Cover
2013 Binding
2012 Lift
2011 Another Good Movie, Another Excellent Book
miSFits
I’m Just Not Sure

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I wrote the books I should have liked to read.  That’s always been my reason for writing.  People won’t write the books I want, so I have to do it for myself.
  ―   C. S. Lewis
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On This Day In:
2015 Can Your Repeat The Question, Please?
2014 On Faith
2013 My Name Is Charles Stein
2012 Faiths And Sorcery
Made And Kept Free
2011 Multi-Source Learning

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The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
  ―  Thomas Jefferson
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On This Day In:
2014 Sure Experiments And Demonstrated Arguments
2013 Irrational Complacency
2012 Why Criticize?
Giants Sweep 2012 World Series With Game 4 Win (4 To 3)!!!
2011 Saying Just Enough
2010 Giants Win Game 2 Shutout of Rangers – 9 to 0!!!

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What things there are to write, if one could only write them!  My mind is full of gleaming thoughts; gay moods and mysterious, moth-like meditations hover in my imagination, fanning their painted wings.  They would make my fortune if I could catch them; but always the rarest, those freaked with azure and the deepest crimson, flutter away beyond my reach.
The ever-baffled chase of those filmy nothings often seems, for one of sober years in a sad world, a trifling occupation.  But have I not read of the Great Kings of Persia who used to ride out to hawk for butterflies, nor deemed this pastime beneath their royal dignity?
   —  Logan Pearsall Smith
From the book: “More Trivia
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On This Day In:
2014 Winning?
2013 Still Inventing
2012 Motivated
2011 Waiting In Line At Starbuck’s

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To the man with an ear for verbal delicacies  —  the man who searches painfully for the perfect word and puts the way of saying a thing above the thing said  —  there is the constant joy of sudden discovery, of happy accident.
  —  Henry Louis Mencken
From “A Book of Prefaces
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On This Day In:
2013 Powerful Substitute
2012 Heroes Restored
2011 As You Should

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The most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar and familiar things new.
  —  William Thackeray
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On This Day In:
2013 Unbending
2012 Simple Sayings
2011 Wupped Again?
2010 3 and 1…
Musical Notes…
Doubt Tries…
Northwest Passages – Evening Two
The Beierly’s Web Site

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If you already feel inside you the urge of self-expression, then the first thing that you have to do is to study the means of expressing yourself.  You will have to study very carefully the English language and especially its grammar.  Although most people do not understand the art of good writing, they unconsciously assimilate more easily ideas which are expressed in correct English.  It should be pointed out also that good English is not necessarily flowery English, and the simple phrase — which looks so easy to write — is often the most difficult to construct.  I can not stress too strongly the desirability of writing your sentences word by word and not phrase by phrase.  Many writers fail to get their ideas across to the public solely because they use expressions whose meaning has been killed by repetition.
[An excerpt from one of my high school English books; no author was provided  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2013 That Stubborn Thing
2012 Like Mike
2011 Flawless Or Candid
2010 Browning…

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That is the young writer’s dilemma as I see it.  Not just his, but all our problems, is to save mankind from being desouled as the stallion or boar or bull is gelded; to save the individual from anonymity before it is too late and humanity has vanished from the animal called man.  And who better to save man’s humanity than the writer, the poet, the artist, since who should fear the loss of it more since the humanity of man is the artist’s life’s blood.
  —   William Faulkner
From: “A Word to Young Writers
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On This Day In:
2013 Just Paying The Rent
2012 Remembering…
2011 A Little Farther

 

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Let It Go

It’s a great lesson about not being too precious about your writing.  You have to try your hardest to be at the top of your game and improve every joke you can until the last possible second, and then you have to let it go.  You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it…  You have to let people see what you wrote.
  —  Tina Fey
From her book: “Bossypants
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On This Day In:
2013 Don’t Know And Not Telling
2012 A Challenge For Progress
2011 Dependent Difficulty

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Days Are Passing

The aspiring author, whether genius or not, should never let a day pass without writing at least a few lines.
   —  André Maurois
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On This Day In:
2013 Opportunity
2012 Appropriate Qualities
2011 A Place To Hang My Hat

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This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done.  It’s that easy, and that hard.
   —  Neil Gaiman
 [Found at one of the blogs I follow:  http://writersfield.wordpress.com/
The specific post is: http://writersfield.wordpress.com/2013/11/08/13-reasons-to-start-or-keep-on-writing/
     —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2012 Lessons For My Son
2011 Reaching The Right Audience
2010 Christmas Trees and Profession of Faith

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Success is a finished book, a stack of pages each of which is filled with words.  If you reach that point, you have won a victory over yourself no less impressive than sailing single-handed around the world.
  —  Tom Clancy
[Found on a blog I follow: http://dshenai.wordpress.com/
The specific post is:  http://dshenai.wordpress.com/2013/10/03/tribute-to-tom-clancy-with-his-insightful-quotes/
Thanks Deo!  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2012 Lectio Auget Existentiae Meae
2011 Lied Lately?
2010 Born To Work At Faux News
Lost Again (Uh, Make That Still)
Qui Genus Humanum Ingenio Superavit
They’re Back… (Part 1)

 

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But the novel will never die.
It is immortal because human beings just haven’t found – and perhaps never will discover – a form of storytelling and expression that reveals the workings of a mind and heart the way a well-crafted novel does.  It is a wholly pre-technological medium: a succession of monochrome sheets bearing arranged chunks of curly cuneiform.  Yet through these lines you connect with another psyche trimmed of its gender, age, epoch, social class, and ethnic identity.  The author may’ve been dead a thousand years.   Still when you finish the last page you want to keep the conversation going – to write to them, to have coffee with them.  “Tell me more about…”.
For all of their charms, songs, sculptures, movies – they do not have that power.  Novels, which are written alone and in silence, and are savored by readers in the same way, are not in danger of going so long as people are still around.
  —  From a blog I follow:  The Bully Pulpit, which is actually at – http://jrbenjamin.com/
The original post was: http://jrbenjamin.com/2013/10/11/the-novel-will-never-die/
[I have only recently begun to follow this site, but it looks very interesting so far…  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2012 Passing…
2011 Fake It ‘Til You Make It

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