Thoughts for the Day: Happy (Belated) New Years

Happy (belated) New Years! I can’t believe it is 2012, but I can believe I was delayed in posting. 🙂

Like Carrie Vaughn, I have been gathering wisdom from people much smarter and wiser than I am.

All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. — Samuel Beckett

 Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest. – Mark Twain
The wise speak only of what they know. – J.R.R. Tolkien
If you don’t state your goal and strive for it, you are guaranteed never to achieve it.-Bob Mayer ow.ly/8g3Lq
Remember, goals are stars to steer by, not sticks with which to beat ourselves. ― Barbara Smith
“Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, do it.” bit.ly/sJKdwG
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. — Mark Twain

Have a prosperous new year, and happy writing!

Thought of the Day

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” Louis L’Amour (1908 -1988)

I can’t expound on this. L’Amour nailed it. If you want to write, you have to face down the demons (time, work, laziness, Real Housewives of Fill-in-the-Blank marathon) and just do it. Eliminating the distractions is hard as hell, but when you start writing and flowing, it’s worth it.

Friday Five: December 31, 2011

Wow. 2011 is almost over, and 2012 will soon be here. To celebrate, I’m following the lead of my favorite blogs that offer top tips in list format. This feature will cover writing and editing links (mostly), but there will always be something unexpected. 

The Guardian: 50 Things I Learned About the Literary Life (The entire list is great, but #17, #12, and #45 resonate.)

The Script Lab: “For those deep in the middle of Writer’s Block…” tsl.cm/kO1nVI

The Other Side of the Story: How Kids’ Games Can Make Revisions Fun 

Ragans: The top 25 grammar and language mistakes

Social Media Today: 5 Twitter Hacks for Growing a Thriving Twitter Community in 15 Minutes a Day

 

Thought of the Day

“You don’t need confidence. Just write.” Paula Fox (Born 1923)

I struggle with this everyday, but everyday I put pen to paper and see what appears. As I learned when writing a paper in college, you can edit crap on a page but you can’t edit a blank page. 

So just write. It may be bad and horrible. It may have a gem buried underneath it all. But at least it’s a first draft, a crappy first draft but it is better than nothing at all.

Bad Blogger

I have been a bad blogger lately. No new updates, no new quotations, nothing. Kaput.

I can blame it on National Novel Writing Month (affectionately called #NANO or hell month in my house), grading, my work schedule, my travel schedule, my real-job research requirements.

But then I would be using an excuse. As I learned a long time ago, “Excuses are tools of incompetence that build monuments of nothing and bridges to nowhere. Those who use them will seldom accomplish anything.”

Sigh.

That being said, I will try harder, fail better, write more, and blog more.

I promise. 🙂