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!!!