TODAY’S QUOTE: ” The difference between writers who finish books and those who don’t– is that the finishers don’t stop writing until they get to : THE END.” —- Brian Hutchinson, author of Writer’s Doubt. MY THOUGHTS: Today’s quote continues the discussion we began last week. What I wanted from last week’s quote was an emphasis on perseverance for all writers and, by extension, bloggers. … Continue reading Blogging Insights NF # 49 — “Stick-to-it-ive-ness”
TODAY’S QUOTE: “A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” — Richard Bach MY THOUGHTS: ” Winners never quit, And quitters never win.” I think this is what Richard Bach’s quote refers to. Consistent effort is the basic difference between amateur and professional anything, not just writing. What do you think? I would love to know. You can leave a reply in my comments … Continue reading Blogging Insights NF 48
TODAY’S QUOTE ” A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word to paper.” K. D. White MY THOUGHTS When I first launched my blog in 2018 I was at a very busy phase in my life. Having taken a sabbatical from work to look after my family full time I was doing a lot. Since I … Continue reading Blogging Insights NF # 47
TODAY’S QUOTE “Twitter is like a calling card. Facebook is like a phone call. Blogging is like a full-fledged conversation!” MY THOUGHTS Most of my posts begin as imaginary conversations inside my head. This quote, at first, seemed right up my alley. On second thoughts it is actually about the social media platforms versus blogging. Again, blogging occurs on electronic media and it involves social … Continue reading Blogging Insights NF # 46 Blogging VS Social Media ?
TODAY’S QUOTE ” Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.” — Isaac Asimov. MY THOUGHTS For last week’s blogging insights we discussed writing books or lack thereof. Lots of really useful advice poured in from bloggers who are also published authors. A tip that recurred in several posts was that good writing is all about good editing and it is difficult to have … Continue reading Blogging Insights NF — # 45
TODAY’S QUOTE: “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” (W. Somerset Maughum) MY THOUGHTS: Today’s quote divides the blogging community into two groups. 1. The first group includes those who have written/published a novel/novels, also those who are writing one and also those who have thought about writing a novel but have not yet taken the plunge. … Continue reading Blogging Insights–New Format– # 44 — Novels etc.
TODAY’S QUOTE “The desire to write well cannot be fulfilled without hard work.^ — Dean Koontz My friend Melanie B. Cee found this quote for me. MY THOUGHTS This quote resonates with another older saying “If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing well”. Coming back to “writing well” we first need to define what it means. For Dean Koontz who is primarily … Continue reading Blogging Insights — New Format # 43 — “Hard work:
TODAY’S QUOTE “Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.” — Ray Bradbury MY THOUGHTS Many moons ago, we debated the merits of plotting versus “pantzing” (writing by the seat of your pants). Although a plot pertains more to a story whether novel, poetry or play, all forms of writing (blog posts included) can be planned. Some people belong to one … Continue reading Blogging Insights — New Format # 43 — Intuition
TODAY’S QUOTE: “You need to read everything. Read fiction, non-fiction, magazines, newspapers. Read history, historical fiction, biography. Read mystery novels, fantasy, SF, horror, mainstream, literary classics, adventure, satire. Every writer has something to teach you, for good or ill. (And yes, you can learn from bad books as well as good ones — what not to do).”George R.R. Martin, via the author’s FAQ for fans MY … Continue reading Blogging Insights — New Format # 42 — “Read a lot”
TODAY’S QUOTE : “If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word.” — Margaret Atwood MY THOUGHTS Margaret Atwood is one of my current favourite authors. I have read two books by her: Alias Grace and The Testaments and am currently on my third, The Handmaid’s Tale. I have also bought a book of essays by her called Burning Questions. Some of these … Continue reading Blogging Insights — New Format # 41 — “perfection”