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Quotes for writers on writing

“Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.” – Anne Lamott “Bad things don’t happen to writers; it’s all material.” – Garrison Keillor “You can fix anything but a blank page.” – Nora Roberts “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” – Stephen King “Writing well means never having to say, ‘I guess you had to be there.’” – Jef Mallett “Find your niche, and then go even more niche.” – Joe Pulizzi “When I sit down to write, I don’t think about writing…

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Check out our e-bookshelf for the seven e-books available as PDF files for your reading enjoyment. Visit our e-bookshelf to get your By George writing today.   By George Journal E-bookshelf   We offer on-line payment through PayPal. (Once your order is complete, you will receive an e-mail containing your e-book.) For less than the price of your Starbucks morning coffee, you can pull from the By George e-bookshelf: Becoming Better Communicators Keep Them Laughing 1001 Quotes on Politics, Elections, Democracy and Government Our 1000 FAV Quotes A Day in the Life of Man – Sustenance for the Soul The…

Chris George’s 3 Simple Rules for Writers

Just do it – write. Put one word after another. Find the right word, put it down. And, if it’s not the right word, put it down anyways (you can always edit later). Put your writing away for a night, a whole day, a week (whatever it takes) and then re-read it like you are reading it for the first time. Let your trusted friends read it. Fix what doesn’t read well. Read it one more time, edit and accept it – and then move on (you’ve got more to write!). Always finish what you are writing. Like a campfire, when…

Margaret Atwood’s 10 Rules for Writers

Take a pencil to write with on airplanes. Pens leak. But if the pencil breaks, you can’t sharpen it on the plane, because you can’t take knives with you. Therefore: take two pencils. If both pencils break, you can do a rough sharpening job with a nail file of the metal or glass type. Take something to write on. Paper is good. In a pinch, pieces of wood or your arm will do. If you’re using a computer, always safeguard new text with a ­memory stick. Do back exercises. Pain is distracting. Hold the reader’s attention. (This is likely to…

Henry Miller’s 10 Commandments for Writers

Work on one thing at a time until finished. Start no more new books, add no more new material to “Black Spring.” Don’t be nervous. Work calmly, joyously, recklessly on whatever is in hand. Work according to Program and not according to mood. Stop at the appointed time! When you can’t create you can work. Cement a little every day, rather than add new fertilizers. Keep human! See people, go places, drink if you feel like it. Don’t be a draught-horse! Work with pleasure only. Discard the Program when you feel like it—but go back to it next day. Concentrate.…

Top-10 Words about Nonsense

Here’s another great top-10 list. Admittedly, it’s codswallop. However, you will recognize some of the words – and you may just use a few of them. Buffoonery / foolish or playful behavior or practice Codswallop / words or language having no meaning or conveying no intelligible ideas; drivel Bosh / foolish talk or activity; nonsense – often used interjectionally Tomfoolery / playful or foolish behavior Bunkum / insincere or foolish talk; claptrap Blatherskite / voluble nonsensical or inconsequential talk or writing; blather Flapdoodle / foolish, empty, and often specious talk, writing, ideas, or opinions Balderdash / nonsense; empty talk Monkeyshines…

Creative Thinking is Work

     Creative thinking is work. You must have passion and the determination to immerse yourself in the process of creating new and different ideas. Then you must have patience to persevere against all adversity.      All creative geniuses work passionately hard and produce incredible numbers of ideas, most of which are bad. In fact, more bad poems were written by the major poets than by minor poets.      Thomas Edison created 3000 different ideas for lighting systems before he evaluated them for practicality and profitability.      Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart produced more than six hundred pieces of music, including forty-one symphonies and…

Monday morning thought on “Creativity”

Creativity is paradoxical. To create, a person must have knowledge but forget the knowledge, must see unexpected connections in things but not have a mental disorder, must work hard but spend time doing nothing as information incubates, must create many ideas yet most of them are useless, must look at the same thing as everyone else, yet see something different, must desire success but embrace failure, must be persistent but not stubborn, and must listen to experts but know how to disregard them. This reflection of creativity is from Michael Michalko, author of Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative Thinking Techniques…

Benjamin Franklin on improving thinking and writing

As we dig into our post-Labour Day realities, the scribes at CG&A COMM thought it best to review some advice from Benjamin Franklin – a very productive and prolific man. Here is this American genius on how to improve your own thinking and writing skills. Benjamin Franklin writes in his autobiography how he used news copy of current affairs: About this time I met with an odd volume of the Spectator. … I thought the writing excellent and wished if possible to imitate it. With that view, I took some of the papers, and making short hints of the sentiment…

Oscar Wilde on artistry

I’ve put my genius into my life; I’ve only put my talent into my works. A book or poem which has no pity in it had better not be written. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written. Good artists exist simply in what they make, and consequently are perfectly uninteresting in what they are. When critics disagree, the artist is in accord with himself. The play was a great success, but the audience was a disaster. The suspense is terrible. I hope it will last. This morning I…