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Monday, August 2, 2010

Monday Quote Day!

Happy August! Gandhi said, "There is more to life than increasing its speed." So true! Doesn't it seem like we're always going, going, going? Here's a reminder today to type a little slower, daydream a little longer, and breathe a little deeper. May this month be filled with endless inspiration and happy memories for you!

“An obscure editor once told a future Nobel Prize winner: ‘I’m sorry, Mr. Kipling, but you don’t know how to use the English language.’ Kipling we remember. The editor no one can recall.” ~James Scott Bell
“Fiction writers are strange beasts. They are, like all writers, observers first and foremost. Everything that happens to and around them is potential material for a story, and they look at it that way.” ~Terry Brooks
“If you can write each day, do it, and meet a quota. Minimum 350 words a day. A baboon can do 350 words a day. Don’t be shown up by a baboon.” ~James Scott Bell
“Slowly, slowly, I am learning to listen to the book, in the same way I try to listen in prayer. If the book tells me to do something completely unexpected, I heed it; the book is usually right.” ~Madeleine L’Engle
“Write. Remember, people may keep you (or me) from being a published author but no one can stop you from being a writer. All you have to do is write. And keep writing. While you’re working at your career, while you’re raising children, while you’re trout fishing–keep writing! No one can stop you but you.” ~Katherine Neville
“You are a writer. Not someone who wants to write a novel. A writer.” ~James Scott Bell
“Never assume that a rejection of your stuff is also a rejection of you as a person… unless it’s accompanied by a punch in the nose.” ~Ron Goulart


“Sometimes you have to go on when you don't feel like it, and sometimes you're doing good work when it feels like all you're managing is to shovel shit from a sitting position.” ~Stephen King                                    

“If, for some strange reason, someone were to tell you that you personally don’t have what it takes to be a writer, you can be sure that someone is off his beam. How can anyone predict your future? Writing is a craft. People can learn how to write. No one has the capacity to tell you that you are the exception to the rule.” ~James Scott Bell

“I only write when I’m inspired, and I make sure I’m inspired every day at 9 a.m.” ~Peter DeVries
“Just start writing. Each day I'm nervous to sit down and write. I hear people say all the time they have a story. But a story is never written unless you're brave enough to sit down and write it. So just do it!” ~Denise Hildreth
“The main difference between successful writers and unsuccessful writers is persistence.” ~James Scott Bell 
Happy Monday and happy writing, zigzaggers!!!

26 comments:

j.m. neeb said...

These are all great quotes, but I'm particularly drawn to the Ghandi quote you use to kick off this post.

I'll sometimes think about how modern life just doesn't stop. I mean, manufacturing plants run production 24/7. How messed up is that, when you think about it? Humans are not meant to be working when the sun is down.

And the fact that some stores are constantly open... Why? I mean, how did people ever survive without being able to go to a Wal-Mart and buy a bag of Doritos at 2:30 in the morning? (Note: I can think of more practical matters, but still... Stores were not always constantly open and somehow people lived.)

Yes, I think that hospitals and law enforcement probably should be round-the-clock operations. Manufacturing and retail? Not so much.

(Of course, that would entail us -- as a society -- getting used to the idea that life is about so much more than possessions. Unfortunately, I think we are moving further and further away from that basic truth. Quite sad, really.)

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

These are great! I love the quote by James Scott Bell, and I decided this morning to shoot for 500 words a day -- so those baboons can eat my dust!

Thanks for sharing!

Matthew Rush said...

Lots of James Scott Bell this morning - which is great because he apparently made a lot of excellent statements. Now I have to go look him up.

Jemi Fraser said...

"Don't be shown up by a babboon" - words to live by!! :)

Journaling Woman said...

I love these quotes. I think that I must be related to James Scott Bell, his thoughts and humor I share.

Melissa said...

Excellent, excellent quotes this morning. A lot of James Scott Belll - who knew he has do many awesome quotes? I have no idea how you find all of these every monday but you always seem to pick the best quotes.

SWK said...

LOVE the baboon quote! And, of course, one should always listen to Madeleine L'Engle. How beautifully she describes her process. Happy Monday! - Stasia

Shannon said...

Excellent quotes. I love your quote Mondays!

Thanks!

Saumya said...

I love all of these!!! Haha, I can't even pick a favorite. I like "being inspired every morning at 9 a.m." and especially how fiction writers see everything as an opportunity for a story. So true!! Also, remembering that a rejection of your work is not a rejection of you is so important! It took me a long time to learn that.

Tahereh said...

lovely, as always. thanks so much for the inspiration!

Laura Marcella said...

J.M.- I love the Gandhi quote, too! I got it from my Mary Engelbreit calendar. I agree with you about the 24/7 stores (though of course hospitals and security makes sense!). I feel so bad for those on the nightshift. I know people who worked that, and it's so dead the entire night. Such a waste of energy and detrimental to our environment to keep a huge store up and running for maybe a dozen people a night!

Nicole- I saw your post today. That's an excellent goal! After awhile those few hundred seem like I nothing and I keep building on it. It's a subtle way to trick myself!

Matthew- Yesss, look him up! I'm pretty sure I got all those quotes from him from his book "The Art of War for Writers." It's excellent!

Jemi- I know! I laugh out loud every time I read that quote. It's so true! If a baboon can do it, we can do it better!

Teresa- He's really great! His writing advice is so practical and inspirational.

Melissa- Thanks! I share the quotes that speak to me most and hope that they inspire, motivate, and encourage my blogger buddies as well! The JSB quotes are from his book "The Art of War for Writers."

Stasia- Oh, I know! L'Engle's quotes are some of my favorites. And the baboon quote should be a classic!

Shannon- Thanks! I'm glad you like them today!

Saumya- I can't ever pick a favorite either, which is why I include at least ten or twelve quotes every week! I'm glad you enjoyed them so much today!

Tahereh- Thanks and you're very welcome!!!

Jen said...

I'm a strange beast :) I like it!!! I love your weekly posts, always so much fun!

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

All great quotes, but the Stephen King one is my favorites on this list.

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

They mentioned that rejection theory at least ten times at RWA. It's not personal. And you might be getting rejected for reasons that have nothing to do with you or your MS.

Great quotes (as usual)!

Jody Hedlund said...

LOVE all of these quotes, Laura! They're very inspiring and just what I needed this morning! Thank you!

Laura Marcella said...

Jen- Strange beast is a synonym for writer, lol!

Jane- I like that one, too! Leave it to Stephen King to say it so bluntly, haha!

Karen- Rejection seems so personal because our writing is so precious to us. But of course it's not personal at all! Definitely something we writers need to remind ourselves daily!

Jody- You're very welcome! I'm glad you liked all the quotes so much!

Lola Sharp said...

I love your Monday quote day. :)

Happy Tuesday, Laura.
Love,
Lola

Talli Roland said...

Love the quotes, as usual! My favourite is the Kipling one. HA!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

My fave is the Katherine Neville quote! Great, great collection this week! :-)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I'd hate to place second next to a babboon!

Erin MacPherson said...

Hi Laura! I love these quotes... my favorite is the one about being ready at 9am. Anyway, how are your ms's doing? What's going on?

Dee White said...

I love these quotes, Laura. i really like James Scott Bell's quote on someone telling you that you don't have what it takes to be a writer. It's so true that nobody can make that judgement.

I also really like the quotes about writing every day and 'just writing'. I find that works for me.

Hope your novel plotting is going well, Laura. I was reading your profile. I wanted to be an author since I was eight, too. I performed a poem I'd written (it was pretty bad in hindsight) at school assembly and was hooked ever since.

Hope your writing week is going well:-)

MT said...

I love your Monday Quotes. They are very encouraging. Thanks for the boost. Have a great week.

Roxane B. Salonen said...

Laura, having just read "Plot & Structure," these were lovely reminders, along with some I've heard before and a few new ones as well. Great quotes!

Cat woods said...

My fave:

“Slowly, slowly, I am learning to listen to the book, in the same way I try to listen in prayer. If the book tells me to do something completely unexpected, I heed it; the book is usually right.” ~Madeleine L’Engle

This is my approach and I wouldn't want it any other way. While typing my baboon quota for the day, I found out my MC smokes. Ewwww. And I'm not very happy about it.

Can I ground her?

Laura Marcella said...

Lola- I'm glad you liked it! Hope you're having a great week!

Talli- Heehee, I like that one, too!!!

Shannon- I love that one, too! It's so motivating.

L. Diane- Haha, so would I! So we better make sure we write at least 350 words a day!

Erin- Welcome to Wavy Lines! I'm glad you liked the quotes! Thanks for the comment and I appreciate the follow!

Dee- Lol, all my writings from those days are hilariously bad, too! It's fun to look over our old stuff and see how vastly we've improved!

MT- You're welcome. I'm glad you liked them and I hope you have a inspirational week!

Roxane- I like Plot & Structure, too. James Scott Bell always includes great quotes in his books on writing.

Cat- Good for you for not being shown up by a baboon, lol! That's a bummer about your MC. Show her pics of yucky smoke-filled lungs!