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

Monday, September 1, 2014

Monday Quote Day!

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
{Albert Einstein}

You have to have something worth saying and then the ability to say it - writing’s a double skill, really.
{Iain Banks}

Fix it. Remember that, sooner or later, before it ever reaches perfection, you will have to let it go and move on and start to write the next thing. Perfection is like chasing the horizon. Keep moving.
{Nail Gaiman}

The best writers practice writing every day, even when they haven’t got a story to tell or don’t feel at all inspired. You need to exercise your writing ‘muscles’ in the same way you would train to play football or practice the piano before a performance.
{Tish Farrell}

There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.
{Ursula K. Le Guin}

If you love what you do and are willing to do what it takes, it's within your reach. And it'll be worth every minute you spend alone at night, thinking and thinking about what it is you want to design or build. It'll be worth it, I promise. 
{Steve Wozniak}

It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old; they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.
{Gabriel García Márquez}

Writers shouldn’t underestimate the difficulty of what they’re doing, and they should treat it with great seriousness. You’re doing something that really matters, you’re telling stories that have an impact on other people and on the culture. You should tell the best stories you can possibly tell and put everything you’ve got into it.
{David Guterson}
Have a great week and happy writing, Zigzaggers!

Writers Born in September

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!

September 1
• Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1875 

September 2
• Joseph Roth, 1894 

September 3
• Malcolm Gladwell, 1963 
• Kiran Desai, 1971 

September 4
• Richard Wright, 1908 
• Joan Aiken, 1924 

September 5
• Arthur Koestler, 1905 

September 6
• Alice Sebold, 1963 
• China Miéville, 1972

September 7
• Edith Sitwell, 1887 
• Taylor Caldwell, 1900
• Jennifer Egan, 1962 
• David Levithan, 1972 

September 8
• Ann Beattie, 1947 

September 9
• Leo Tolstoy, 1828 

September 10
• Mary Oliver, 1935 
• Marian Keyes, 1963 

September 11
• O. Henry, 1862 
• D.H. Lawrence, 1885 

September 12
• H.L. Mencken, 1880 
• Michael Ondaatje, 1943 
• James Frey, 1969 

September 13
• Roald Dahl, 1916 

September 15
• Agatha Christie, 1890 

September 16
• Breyten Breytenbach, 1939 
• James Alan McPherson, 1943 

September 17
• John Creasey, 1908 
• Gail Carson Levine, 1947 

September 18
• Samuel Johnson, 1709 

September 19
• William Golding, 1911 
• Ingrid Jonker, 1933 

September 20
• Upton Sinclair, 1878 
• George R.R. Martin, 1948 

September 21
• H.G. Wells, 1866 
• Fannie Flagg, 1944 
• Stephen King, 1947 

September 22
• Rosamunde Pilcher, 1924 
• Fay Weldon, 1931 

September 23
• Anne Desclos, 1907 

September 24
• F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1896 
• Wilson Rawls, 1913 
• Eavan Boland, 1944 
Eleanor Catton, 1985 

September 25
• William Faulkner, 1897 
• Shel Silverstein, 1930 
• Carlos Ruiz Zafón, 1964 

September 26
• Jane Smiley, 1949 
• Will Self, 1961 
• Mark Haddon, 1962 

September 27
• Katie Fforde, 1952 

September 28
• Rosario Ferré, 1938 

September 29
• Miguel de Cervantes, 1547 
• Stan Berenstain, 1923 
• Colin Dexter, 1930 
• Donna Leon, 1942 

September 30
• Truman Capote, 1924 
• Laura Esquivel, 1950 
• Cecelia Ahern, 1981 
• Dominique Moceanu, 1981 
• Téa Obreht, 1985 

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

Happy writing in September, Zigzaggers!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday Quote Day!

The really great writers are people like Emily Brontë who sit in a room and write out of their limited experience and unlimited imagination.
{James Michener}

As a writer, you get to play, you get to alter time, you get to come up with the smart lines and the clever comebacks you wish you’d thought of.
{Iain Banks}

You’ve achieved success in your field when you don’t know whether what you are doing is work or play.
{Warren Beatty}

If a publisher declines your manuscript, remember it is merely the decision of one fallible human being, and try another.
{Stanley Unwin}

If I had to put into one word what it is that has kept me writing it is my astonishment–at how good human beings are at deceiving themselves.
{Christopher Hope}

Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.
{Neil Gaiman}

We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy.
{E.B. White}

Sometimes when I am writing, I am aware of a rhythm, a dance, a fury, which is as yet empty of words.
{Stephen Spender}

Have a great week and happy writing, Zigzaggers!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Monday Quote Day!

Write a novel whose chapters are each a flash fiction story that can be read on its own, independently of the book.
{Tom Hazuka}

The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure...He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he’s always doing both.
{James Michener}

Basically, I have been compelled by curiosity. 
{Mary Leakey}

Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something. It’s our goal in life to find it and keep it lit.
{Mary Lou Retton}

Change your ways when fear seizes, for it usually means you are doing something wrong.
{Jean Craighead George}

Success gets to be a habit, like anything else you keep on doing.
{Laura Ingalls Wilder}

To appreciate nonsense requires a serious interest in life.
{Gelett Burgess}

A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.
{Italo Calvino}
Have a great week and happy writing, Zigzaggers!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Monday Quote Day!

Write about what excites you. That way you will enjoy coming to work each day, and the journey will be an adventure.
{Margaret George}

Being goal-oriented instead of self-oriented is crucial. I know so many people who want to be writers. But let me tell you, they really don’t want to be writers. They want to have been writers. They wish they had a book in print. They don’t want to go through the work of getting the damn book out. There is a huge difference.
{James Michener}

Best advice on writing I’ve ever received: Finish.
{Peter Mayle}

Writing relies on very few things, my friend. All you need to write is your brain, a way to convey the story into existence (pen, computer, whatever), and a place in which to do it (office, kitchen table, lunar brothel).
{Chuck Wendig}

Technique alone is never enough. You have to have passion. Technique alone is just an embroidered potholder.
{Raymond Chandler}

One writes to make a home for oneself, on paper, in time and in others’ minds.
{Alfred Kazin}

The only impeccable writers are those who never wrote.
{William Hazlitt}

It has been often said that writing is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration. In my experience, this is true. But, in my opinion, it is useless without that 1%. It’s like an engine without fuel–can’t get anywhere without it. Or like a lighthouse without a light on top–doesn’t guide anyone in to home or safe harbor.
{Robert Fanney}
Have a great week and happy writing, Zigzaggers!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Insecure Writer's Support Group: No words.

Writers can definitely use a designated day once a month to complain, cry, rant AND boost, cheer, support. Thank you, Alex, for creating this awesome group! What is IWSG? Click the following links to learn more: 

My insecurities have overwhelmed me, and I don’t even know what to write. Thank goodness for this book to keep me writing something creative every day. 

I have no other words today.

I hope your writing is going better than mine. Keep calm and write on, IWSG-ers!