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

Monday, December 29, 2014

MQD – Get Inspired and Be Motivated for 2015!

Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.
{Hans Christian Andersen}

You don’t set out to build a wall. You don’t say, ‘I’m going to build the biggest, baddest, greatest wall that’s ever been built.’ You don’t start there. You say, ‘I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid.’ You do that every single day, and soon you have a wall.
{Will Smith}

Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.
{Jonas Salk}

So many things are possible just as long as you don't know they're impossible.
{Norton Juster}

Don't aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself.
{Viktor Frankl}

Whenever things go a bit sour in a job I’m doing, I always tell myself. ‘You can do better than this.’
{Theodor Geisel}

You can have your book or you can have your excuses. You can’t have both.
{Amanda Patterson}

The future is now. It's time to grow up and be strong. Tomorrow may well be too late. 
{Neil LaBute}


Go forward. Attempt great things. Accomplish great things.
{Mary Lyon}

If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve. Do what you love, and don’t stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities, don’t compromise, and don’t waste time. Start now. Not twenty years from now, not two weeks from now. Now.
{Debbie Millman}

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes...you're Doing Something. 
{Neil Gaiman}

Failure? I never encountered it. All I ever met were temporary setbacks.
{Dottie Walters}

The truth is, when you want a writing career and are willing to do the work to get it, the odds work with you, not against you. This is simple metaphysical law. As Goethe advised us, ‘Whatever you dream you can do or believe you can do, begin it–action has genius, power, and magic in it.’
{Julia Cameron}

The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.
{Anna Quindlen}

Life is so extraordinary. Wonderful surprises are just around the most unexpected corners.
{Rosamunde Pilcher}

Have a great week and happy writing, Zigzaggers!

Wishing you and yours a healthy, happy, productive, and blessed new year. 
May 2015 be your best year yet!

Stay Motivated with More Inspirational Quotes:

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town! The Posts of Christmas Past.

Do give books–religious or otherwise–for Christmas. They’re never fattening, seldom sinful, 
and permanently personal.
{Lenore Hershey}

The Ghosts Posts of Christmas Past You May Enjoy:

The Secret to a Merry Christmas is Simply to Believe  

May the magic of the holiday season be with you and yours now and throughout the new year. Wishing all of you a marvelous week!

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!