#WritingQuote – “All you need is passion for your work and an overwhelming desire to tell a story you genuinely care about.” Sefi Atta

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You do not need attention to write. All you need is passion for your work and an overwhelming desire to tell a story you genuinely care about. Readers can sense your sincerity and it separates you from the pretenders. – Sefi Atta, Author of Everything Good Will Come

Before we continue, allow us to say this – Thank you so much Sefi Atta for this brilliant quote! 

You do not need any attention or validation from anybody. When the passion for what you do is present, it will invigorate you to keep on writing and to tell that story or to tell the stories embedded deep within you even when you get discouraged, which you will sometimes get as a writer. It is important that you do not let go of your passion and your desire. As a matter of fact, let it consume you totally.

Never write about something you do not care about. This is very important. Yes, you are a writer and you can always string words together, whatever the topic is. But there is always a palpable difference when you write about something you deeply care about. You pour in your very self into the writings until people can read your work and feel your person in it. That creates a connection that enables you to reach out and touch that person’s heart or need.

Never forget to hold on to your passion and desire for what you do. Be sincere and write what you need to write. Your readers will be glad you did.

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#WritingQuote – “It is perfectly okay to write garbage, as long as you edit brilliantly.” C. J. Cherryh

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It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.
– C. J. Cherryh

How many great books have you read? Probably a number of them. How many great books have been written? A lot more than we can ever count but do you know that a number of these books were once terrible first drafts that if we ever read, we would wonder how our favorite authors thought it fit to write such bad pieces?

Can you imagine how many errors, mistakes and cancellations each draft would contain? What makes the difference? Great editing.

What you see in a book is not all there is about the book, it is all the writer has chosen to show you. If only you could get the manusript and see how many times it was edited.

Use your one page blog post as an example. How many times do you go over and over, changing something new each time? How much more a book, a movie script, or an anthology.

Good writing doesn’t mean the absence of mistakes, good writing is in fact great editing and re-wriitng. Editing of words and sometimes refining of ideas until it makes perfect sense in the most beautiful way.

Don’t throw away your ‘garbage’ because it can be edited. It is perfetly okay to write garbage as long as you can edit briliantly.

#WritingQuote – “Style means the right word. The rest matters little.” – Jules Renard

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“Style means the right word. The rest matters little.” – Jules Renard

Have you read some books and wondered how the writer could write so beautifully yet you can’t point to anything significantly special in the writing style? This is probably because the writer has found a way to put the right words in the most appropriate spots to create magic, making it difficult for you to drop the book. 

This is an art every writer has to learn. Once you do this, your readers will find it easy to read your work and they’d love you much more.  There are a thousand and one rules that exist for writers to follow and sometimes trying to remember and fit all into your writing can be hectic. What you need to do instead is make sure you use the right words.  Avoid Clichés and be as descriptive as possible.

Use words that evoke strong emotions. For example, it is not every time a person cries, there are times they weep or sob. Differentiating these may just be what will make your writing fab. 

Once you get this right, the rest doesn’t really matter, 

 

 

#WritingQuote – “In your voice, your readers should be able to hear the content of your mind, your heart, your soul.” Meg Rosoff

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Your writing voice is the deepest possible reflection of who you are. The job of your voice is not to seduce or flatter or make well-shaped sentences. In your voice, your readers should be able to hear the contents of your mind, your heart, your soul. – Meg Rosoff

For those who have never understood all the plenty talk on writing voice, this quote by Meg is apt!

There are many writers who try to shape their writing voice or at best make it sound like the voice of a writer they admire. While this is not bad, such writers face the risk of losing their own authentic voices. 

Dear writer, your writing voice is precious. It is unique to you, your mind, your thoughts and your heart. Don’t be afraid to flaunt it and do incredible things with it! 

Writing quote: “There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be.”

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 “There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be.” – Doris Lessing 

If anyone ever ever told you that you can only write in a certain way they are not speaking the truth. 

Writing novels should never look like a chore or bore you because you do not have to follow a particular pattern or write like another novelist to get your own audience.

That’s the thing about them; the more creative your novel is the better for all of us. You set the laws for your novel – how you want it to start, progress and how you want it to end. As long as it makes sense to your readers the rest of the world has no choice but to go with it. Novelist write stories that they wish they could find on the shelf, stories that keep circling in their head, the ones that make them smile in the midst of a large audience. 

Writing novels and following ‘rules’ will restrict you. As long as you are a writer you must commit to giving your best to your readers every time you pick up a pen. No excuses, no going back. 

#WritingQuote – Writing is an exploration, you start from nothing and learn as you go

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The notion new writers have that they need to know all there is to know (as if that’s even possible) about writing before they call themselves writers is so wrong and honestly pretty much unrealistic.

No one knows all there is to know about writing. We all just continue to explore our abilities, learn new things and increase our capabilities. 

Ask anyone who is on a roll in this profession, they do a whole lot of exploring and trying out new things. If you are hesitant to do this you will not go very far and that’s the honest truth. 

So explore and improve yourself daily. 

#Writing Quote – “A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper”

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“A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper” – E.B White, Author of Stuart Little

The harsh truth is that there will never be “ideal conditions” to write the way you have fantasized about writing. There will always be challenges you have to face. These challenges are what makes your story as a writer interesting.

There will never be perfect conditions for writing that book you have always wanted to write. Ask writers who have successfully published a book. Yeah, we know you want to develop yourself and hone your writing skills so you can put words together perfectly, we know you want to wait till you get that brand new laptop you have been waiting for, we know you want to wait till you own a website before writing. And all of these things are good. However, do not make them your excuses for not writing.

Seriously dear writer, time is ticking. And even if you get all of these things you so crave for, something else will come up and it will be an endless cycle of waiting until you realize that you and time are no longer buddies.

Today’s quote is spot on. Stop waiting for ideal conditions. That is a mirage. Start with what you have right now (yes, even if it is just a pen and a paper); start where you are, and let the words flow out of your heart.

#Writing Quote – ”There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Maya Angelou

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”There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Maya Angelou, I know why the Caged Bird Sings

We know this is a popular quote but the message still holds true.

It is quite unfortunate that a lot of writers have died with untold stories, stories that struggled to breathe, stories that were shut up in their bowels simply because they felt the words that made up these stories were not worthy enough to be read, heard, experienced and felt.

Dear writer, it is time to give those words the freedom to breathe. It is time to tell the world your story. Do not keep on bearing untold stories inside of you. Listen to the words of Maya today. It is time to give life to your stories. Rise up to the occasion, stare brazenly at your laptop screen and type away. Type for that one person who needs to hear your story to snap out of that depressed state or that suicidal thought.

Never underestimate the power of your story.

 

Writing Quote – It does not matter if you are a struggling writer

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“It does not matter if you are a struggling writer or if your book is in its ninth printing. The only thing that is going to make you feel like a decent person, halfway decent human, is if you stop comparing yourself to other people and write what you need to write.” – Courtney Maum, Author of the novel, I am having so much fun without you.

The comparison trap is one that writers are familiar with. There is this nagging unwholesome temptation to always want to compare yourself with the next writer just so you can tell if you measure up or if you are good enough. God help you if you fall into that temptation.

Well, the good news is this! No one is the standard for measuring how great a writer you are. Keep telling yourself how great you are until people’s eyes are opened to see your greatness. Successful writers have been through that comparison route before but they refused to stay there.

Comparing yourself with some other writer is not going to make you a better writer. You would lose yourself in the comparison game. It is going to make you engage in an unhealthy competition with a person who will, most likely, be totally clueless about the race you are hell bent on winning.

Like the quote above says, “Stop comparing yourself to other people and write what you need to write.” Celebrate your uniqueness as a writer. No other person on the surface of this earth can string words together like you would. Quit expending your energy on fruitless competitions, pick up your pen and write till you have no more words left in you.

Writing Quote – Writers get ideas all day every day

 

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“Writers get ideas all day every day. The FedEx guy delivers a package from Sears and the writer is thinking how it could actually be a ticking time bomb.” ~ Dan Alatorre

We totally agree with this. Ideas are flying around, your seemingly random everyday life can inspire the biggest stories. This is because human beings are the ones who read the stories and they are going through similar stuff in their everyday life.

Have you noticed that sometimes the best ideas come in the most unconventional ways? There is nothing wrong with actually writing about a delivery man bringing you a package and your mind is thinking it’s a bomb. If that’s the idea that comes to you then write it. You’d be surprised that many other people are thinking the same things and would totally love to read your thoughts.

When those ideas come, don’t write them off as silly. Just write away!