There's no end
to the things you might know, depending how far beyond Zebra you go! {Dr. Seuss}

Monday, December 22, 2014

Monday Quote Day!

In science there is a dictum: don’t add an experiment to an experiment. Don’t make things unnecessarily complicated. In writing fiction, the more fantastic the tale, the plainer the prose should be. Don’t ask your readers to admire your words when you want them to believe your story.
{Ben Bova}

In my opinion, trying to guess what readers want is the wrong approach. You have to tell your story as best you can and as true to yourself as possible. You have to be honest and fair and vulnerable and foolish and brave, and not care what anyone thinks of it.
{Jeannette Walls}

Secret to writing a bestseller: You write. You stop dreaming of writing. You stop talking about writing. Stop wishing you were writing. And you write.
{Jonathan Gunson}

Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere. 
{Anne Lamott}

Take the time that you’d normally be talking about writing and write. Even if what you’re writing is crap, it’ll be more worth your while than talking about writing, because I believe you can write your way out of crappy writing, but it’s unlikely you’re going to talk your way into good writing.
{John McNally}

There is no secret to success except hard work and getting something indefinable which we call 'the breaks’. 
{Countee Cullen}

You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.
{Octavia E. Butler}

The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.
{Steven Pressfield}

Wishing you a magical week and happy writing, Zigzaggers! 
Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish blog buddies!! I hope it's been a most wonderful week!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday Quote Day!

A happy life consists not in the absence of hardships, but in the mastery of hardships.
{Helen Keller}

I tell aspiring writers that you have to find what you MUST write. When you find it, you will know, because the subject matter won’t let you go. It’s not enough to write simply because you think it would be neat to be published. You have to be compelled to write. If you’re not, nothing else that you do matters.
{Rick Riordan}

I love living. I have some problems with my life, but living is the best thing they've come up with so far.
{Neil Simon}

A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm is better than a great idea that inspires no one.
{Mary Kay Ash}

The one ironclad rule is that I have to try. I have to walk into my writing room and pick up my pen every weekday morning.
{Anne Tyler}

Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.
{Pyotr Tchaikovsky}

The objective of fiction isn’t grammatical correctness but to make the reader welcome and then tell a story …to make him/her forget, whenever possible, that he/she is reading a story at all. 
{Stephen King}

Don’t be a writer; be writing.
{William Faulkner}

Have a great week and happy writing, Zigzaggers!
Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish blog buddies!! Wishing you a blessed week!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Monday Quote Day!

I think knowing what you can not do is more important than knowing what you can do. In fact, that’s good taste.
{Lucille Ball}

I get a warm feeling among my books. 
{Anthony Powell}

A one-page breakthrough starts an avalanche.
{Nancy K. Haddock}

Finish the damn book. You don’t know what you have until you’ve finished it. You don’t know how to fix it until it’s all down on the page. 
{Lauren Beukes}

If I could I would always work in silence and obscurity and let my efforts be known by their results.
{Emily Bronté}

It is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.
{Virginia Woolf}

I’ve always believed a book functions best when it leaves a person more capable of living in the world.
{Richard Powers}

We all want to take our lives in our own hands and hurl them out among the stars. 
{David Bottoms}

Have a great week and happy writing, Zigzaggers!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Monday Quote Day!

Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
{Theodore Roosevelt}

You can’t just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream. You’ve got to get out there and make it happen yourself.
{Diana Ross}

Just unclench, live your life, and spend less time berating yourself. Anxiety and stress are the enemies of creativity.
{Ransom Riggs}

Only someone who is well prepared has the opportunity to improvise. 
{Ingmar Bergman}

There is no magical motivation fairy. Success is 10% talent, 10% luck, and 80% blood, sweat, tears and determination. 
{Lauren Beukes}

That's the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.
{Jhumpa Lahiri}

I'm quite illiterate, but I read a lot.
{J.D. Salinger}

No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.
{William Blake}

But I am awed by my fortune, and when I say my fortune, I mean my fortune to be able to do something that I love. When I was younger, writers to me were people on little pedestals on my bookshelves. And now to think I am a writer, it's such a privilege to be a published author. That's why I would never allow myself the indulgence of writer's block. I live in a country, and have always lived in places, where my right to write what I want is a given. As far as I'm concerned, it's as good as it gets.
{Jacqueline Winspear}

Have a great week and happy writing, Zigzaggers!

Writers Born in December

On the first of every month this year, I’m listing writers’ birthdays! I know there are more than I have recorded, so please share in the comments other beloved/famous/well-known writers who were born this month. If you’re unfamiliar with the writer, I linked the birth year to Wikipedia so you can find out more about him or her!

December 1
• Rex Stout, 1886 
• John Crowley, 1942 
• Candace Bushnell, 1958 

December 2
• Charles J. Shields, 1951 
• Ann Patchett, 1963 

December 3
• Joseph Conrad, 1857 
• Zlata Filipovíc, 1980

December 4
• Thomas Carlyle, 1795 

December 5
• Rose Wilder Lane, 1886 
• Joan Didion, 1934 

December 6
• Joyce Kilmer, 1886
• Arthur Golden, 1956

December 7
• Willa Cather, 1873 

December 8
• Bill Bryson, 1951 

December 9
• Joanna Trollope, 1943 

December 10
• George MacDonald, 1824 
• Emily Dickinson, 1830 
• Mary Norton, 1903 
• Cornelia Funke, 1958 

December 11
• Jim Harrison, 1937
• Ayelet Waldman, 1964 
• Laini Taylor, 1971 

December 12
• Gustave Flaubert, 1821 
• Lillian Smith, 1897 
• Helen Dunmore, 1952 

December 13
• Heinrich Heine, 1797
• Kenneth Patchen, 1911
• James Wright, 1927

December 15
• Betty Smith, 1896 
• Edna O’Brien, 1930 

December 16
• Jane Austen, 1775 
• Noël Coward, 1899 
• Arthur C. Clarke, 1917 

December 17
• John Greenleaf Whittier, 1807 
• Ford Madox Ford, 1873 

December 18
• Michael Moorcock, 1939

December 19
• Le Ly Hayslip, 1949 

December 20
• H.B. Marriott Watson, 1863 

December 21
• Diana Athill, 1917 

December 23
• Avi, 1937 
• Donna Tartt, 1963 

December 24
• Noel Streatfeild, 1895 
• Mary Higgins Clark, 1929 

December 25
• Jimmy Buffett, 1946 

December 26
Henry Miller, 1891 
David Sedaris, 1956 

December 28
Carol Ryrie Brink, 1895 
Mortimer J. Adler, 1902

December 29
• William Gaddis, 1922 

December 30
Rudyard Kipling, 1865 
Douglas Coupland, 1961 

December 31
• Nicholas Sparks, 1965 
• Junot Díaz, 1968 

Who are other well-known writers born this month? If YOU have a December birthday, please share the day (and the year, if you wish) in the comments!

Happy writing in December, Zigzaggers!

Monday, November 24, 2014

MQD – Funny Quotes on Writing, Part 4

The funny thing about writing is that whether you’re doing well or doing it poorly, it looks the exact same. That’s actually one of the main ways that writing is different from ballet dancing.
{John Green}

Writing comics? Still the best job in the world. I sit around all day making shit up and see it illustrated, in 99% of cases, exactly as I imagined it—if not better. I’ve been doing this a long time now, and I’m going to do it until I die. Which probably won’t be long, given the constant insane deadline pressure.
{Warren Ellis}

I haven’t told why I wrote the book, but I haven’t told you why I sneeze, either. A book is a sneeze.
{E.B. White}

The easiest way to separate yourself from the unformed blobby mass of ‘aspiring’ writers is to actually write and actually finish. That’s how easy it is to clamber up the ladder to the second echelon. Write. And finish what you write. That’s how you break away from the pack and leave the rest of the sickly herd for the hungry wolves of shame and self-doubt. And for all I know, actual wolves.
{Chuck Wendig}

I have a great many opinions about writing, but I’m afraid that all of them are unprintable.
{Alfred Lansing}

I’m sitting in my office trying to squeeze a story from my head. It is that kind of morning when you feel like melting the typewriter into a bar of steel and clubbing yourself to death with it.
{Richard Matheson}

Just sit your ass down in a chair and hope your head gets the message.
{Larry Gelbart}

I find that most people know what a story is until they sit down to write one.
{Flannery O’Connor}

A plot without action is like pasta without garlic, like Dolly Parton without cleavage, and like a writer without his similes.
{Dean Koontz}

Rereading parts of your novel while writing is like doubling back at rerunning parts of a marathon mid-race.
{Chris Baty}

Keep on laughing and writing, Zigzaggers! 
Wishing all of you many blessings this week that's filled with good food, good company, and good writing!!

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