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

Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Quote Day!

Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and, therefore, the foundation of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.
{J.K. Rowling}

It is important to make a dream of life and a dream reality.
{Pierre Curie}

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
{Thomas Edison}

If you don’t think there is magic in writing, you probably won’t write anything magical.
{Terry Brooks}

Inspiration is a guest who does not care to visit those who are lazy.
{Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky}

Story matters. Writing is important. Stories make the world go around. Many things begin as words on a page. It matters to the world. And it matters to you. Don’t let anyone rob you of that. Don’t rob yourself of it, either. Don’t diminish. Don’t dismiss. Embrace. Create. Accelerate.
{Chuck Wendig}

Don’t be dismayed by the opinions of editors or critics. They are only the traffic cops of the arts.
{Gene Fowler}

We live for books. 
{Umberto Eco}

Have a great week and happy writing, Zigzaggers!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Monday Quote Day!

Written words can give you the courage to take that first step.
{Lilliam Rivera}

The most important and lasting lessons I've learned about writing were not imparted to me, but rather won through the long, circular process of reading closely, putting words to paper (or failing to put words to paper), and doing my best to return everything to life. 
{Mark Hitz}

I think you’re working and learning until you die. I can with my hand on my heart say I will never write for any reason other than I burningly wanted to write the book.
{J.K. Rowling}

When life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat; instead, they are all the more determined to struggle for a better future.
{Queen Elizabeth II}

I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.
{Pearl S. Buck}

I think the deeper you go into questions, the deeper or more interesting the questions get. And I think that’s the job of art.
{Andre Dubus III}

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

You cannot fail if you don’t give up... And this, then, is the secret to success. In finance, in love. In the sacred, in the mundane. In life…in writing. You must endure to the end. You must write until your fingers bleed, and then write some more. The only failed writer is the writer who has put a cap on his pen, who has turned off her laptop. The only failed writer…is a person who no longer writes.
{Michaelbrent Collings}

Have a great week and happy writing, Zigzaggers!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Monday Quote Day!

I am going to be rather hard-nosed and say that if you have to find devices to coax yourself to stay focused on writing, perhaps you should not be writing what you’re writing. And, if this lack of motivation is a constant problem, perhaps writing is not your forte. I mean, what is the problem? If writing bores you, that is pretty fatal. If that is not the case, but you find that it is hard going and it just doesn’t flow, well, what did you expect? It is work; art is work. Nobody ever said it was easy. What they said is: ‘Life is short, art is long.'
{Ursula K. Le Guin}

My gratitude for good writing is unbounded; I’m grateful for it the way I’m grateful for the ocean.
{Anne Lamott}

Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.
{George Eliot}

It's only those who do nothing that make no mistakes, I suppose. 
{Joseph Conrad}

We shouldn't be looking for heroes, we should be looking for good ideas.
{Noam Chomsky}

There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.
{Aldous Huxley}

A life spent in making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
{George Bernard Shaw}

A lousy draft proves nothing. Rough drafts are rough—everybody’s are. You don’t have to get it right every day. The wonderful thing about being a writer is you only have to get it right once. That’s all anyone will ever see. The only bad draft is the one that doesn’t get finished.
{Lev Grossman}

Have a great week and happy writing, Zigzaggers!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Insecure Writer’s Support Group: How Do You Know You’re a Writer?

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: 

I’m in my house! I’ve been a homeowner for one month! That makes me very happy. But on a bummer note, it’s day 2 of Camp NaNo, and I have not written a word yet. Yeesh! My plan for Camp NaNo to get me back in the writing groove is backfiring.

Many authors say they write every day with no exception. So if writers are writers because they write, whether or not they’re published yet, and I have hardly written a word the past month, am I still a writer?

I thought back over the past month...and I concluded that I am still a writer. Here’s why:

 You Know You’re A Writer When... 
(Six Things I Did Throughout Moving That Convince Me of My Writerness)

1. My husband had two boxes for his office stuff. I had 1,621,002* boxes of office stuff and 99% were filled with books. (The other 1% was filled with pencils and pens.)

2. The weekend before settlement was the Relay For Life, and there’s always a book tent. I had just packed a million boxes of books...but of course I bought more books! It was for a good cause! It had to be done.

3. The first things I looked up about my new town were: Where is the library? Where are the secondhand and indie bookstores? All are within walking or close driving distance. Happiness!

4. I had an idea of the paint colors I wanted but every color has a thousand and one different shades. So I narrowed it down and chose based on the cleverness and originality of their names.

5. We ordered the whole shebang of new appliances, and while my husband hung around with the two delivery guys to offer assistance if needed, I settled comfortably on the couch and read the user manuals.

6. When I unpacked the kitchen, I organized the spices on the lazy Susan in alphabetical order.

In addition to these six things, I did manage to write a few words here and there, and my Camp NaNo novel has been churning away in my head the entire time. I’m still a writer!

*a slight exaggeration

When are some times you might doubt your true writerness? Other than actually writing, what are some things you’ve done that make you know you’re a writer? 

Keep calm and write on, IWSG-ers!!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Writers Born in July

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!

July 1
• George Sand, 1804 
• William Strunk, 1869 
• Lisa Scottoline, 1955 

July 2
• Herman Hesse, 1877 
• Jean Craighead George, 1919 
• Jack Gantos, 1951 

July 3
• Franz Kafka, 1883 
• Dave Barry, 1947 
• Joanne Harris, 1964 

July 4
• Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1804 

July 5
• Jean Cocteau, 1889 
• Sebastian Barry, 1955 
• Bill Watterson, 1958 

July 6
• Bernhard Schlink, 1944 
• Hilary Mantel, 1952 

July 7
• Robert A. Heinlein, 1907 
• David Eddings, 1931 

July 8
• Anna Quindlen, 1952 
• Erin Morgenstern, 1978 

July 9
• Barbara Cartland, 1901 
• Dean Koontz, 1945 

July 10
• Marcel Proust, 1871 
• Alice Munro, 1931 
• Karen Russell, 1981 

July 11
• E.B. White, 1899 

July 12
• Henry David Thoreau, 1817 
• Pablo Neruda, 1904 
• Amanda Hocking, 1984

July 13
• John Clare, 1793 

July 14
• Irving Stone, 1903 
• Brian Selznick, 1966 

July 15
• Iris Murdoch, 1919 
• Clive Cussler, 1931 

July 16
• Anita Brookner, 1928 

July 17
• Cory Doctorow, 1971 

July 18
• William Makepeace Thackeray, 1811 
• Hunter S. Thompson, 1937
• Elizabeth Gilbert, 1969 

July 19
• Garth Nix, 1963 
• Lisa Jewell, 1968 

July 20
• Cormac McCarthy, 1933 
• Alistair MacLeod, 1936 

July 21
• Ernest Hemingway, 1899 
• Michael Connelly, 1956 
• Sarah Waters, 1966 

July 22
• Tom Robbins, 1936 
• S.E. Hinton, 1948

July 23
• Raymond Chandler, 1888 
• Lisa Alther, 1944 

July 24
• Alexandre Dumas, 1802 
• Percy FitzPatrick, 1862 
• Zelda Fitzgerald, 1900 

July 25
• Eric Hoffer, 1902 

July 26
• George Bernard Shaw, 1856
• Aldous Huxley, 1894 
• Jan Berenstain, 1923 

July 27
• Bharati Mukherjee, 1940 
• Cassandra Clare, 1973 

July 28
• Beatrix Potter, 1866 

July 29
• Stanley Kunitz, 1905 
• Mary Lee Settle, 1918 
• Sharon Creech, 1945 

July 30
• Emily BrontĂ«, 1818 
• Ann Brashares, 1967 

July 31
• Faye Kellerman, 1952 
• J.K. Rowling, 1965 

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

Happy writing in July, Zigzaggers!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Monday Quote Day!

We write for the same reason that we walk, talk, climb mountains or swim the oceans—because we can. We have some impulse within us that makes us want to explain ourselves to other human beings. That’s why we paint, that’s why we dare to love someone–because we have the impulse to explain who we are. Not just how tall we are, or thin...but who we are internally…perhaps even spiritually. There’s something which impels us to show our inner-souls. The more courageous we are, the more we succeed in explaining what we know.
{Maya Angelou}

It's a wonderful thing to be able to create your own world whenever you want to.
{Woody Allen}

A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life.
{John Milton}

Books should go where they will be most appreciated, and not sit unread, gathering dust on a forgotten shelf, don't you agree? 
{Christopher Paolini}

I see the notion of talent as quite irrelevant. I see instead perseverance, application, industry, assiduity, will ,will, will, desire, desire, desire.
{Gordon Lish}

That resistance you’re feeling is proof that you’re digging deep. To write a novel is to lose your way and find it over, and over, and over again.
{Lev Grossman}

Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.
{C.S. Lewis}

If you need inspiration, try perspiration. If you’re meant to write, you’ll write. Sure, we’re all stymied from time to time, struggling over how best to shape a character or how to bring a crucial scene to life. But the best way to confront such problems is to sit down and start typing. Things happen when you make them happen.
{Ralph Peters}

Have a great week and happy writing, Zigzaggers!