Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.
It's a rainy day. It's a perfect day. To get a little reading and writing done.
[Raising coffee mug] Here's to reading a book, to writing, i.e. a book, magazine article, journal entry, grocery list, ten-minute writing practice, scribbling a reminder to keep a date on a paper napkin in your favorite coffee shop while sipping a cafe' latte. No matter your rhyme or reason for getting a little writing done, here's to writers everywhere working at perfecting their writing craft.
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You need to have some sort of credentials to write nonfiction. A parish priest could write a major work on religion and get it published. A teacher could write a book about education; a journalist could do a book about say, the medical establishment; a parent of a sick child could research all there is to know about the disease and then write about it.
The Everything Get Published Book
Every professional writer keeps a notebook, whether spiral or three ring, and most divide it into sections. This is the place where you should systematically file plot ideas, article topics, character sketches, notes for settings, intriguing facts and so on, in such a way that you can find them again.
--From inspiration to Publication.
...Work toward making your writing sound like you talking.
--Peter Jacobi, The Magazine Article, How to Think It, Plan It, Write It
Many writers do little else but sit in small rooms recalling the real world.
--Annie Dillard, The Writing Life
Being a writer or wanting to write is to live in a perpetual state of anxiety, where the chances of failing far out weigh the rate of success.
--Betsy Lerner, The Forest For the Trees
Do your work as well as you can and be kind.
--Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones
Blooming writers really do not know what to expect when they sign up for a workshop or a creative-writing class. Some want to learn to write, or to write better. Others have been writing a great deal for a long time and want some feedback.
--Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird
It's none of your business what anyone thinks.
--Linda Della Donna, author of A Gift of Love
You don't start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it's good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it.
--Octavia E. Butler
Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.
The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.
I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.
...Revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.
A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
If you could relive one single day from your past exactly as it was the first time, what day would you choose to experience all over again?
Time to grab your fast writing pen and write something. Go ahead. I dare you.
See you in print,
Linda Della Donna
Come journal with me,
your book is yet to be.