I have 'liked' Nanowrimo's Facebook Page, and this morning they asked about inspiring Post-It notes. I used to have these - when I had a set writing space. Now I have a laptop, and find it easiest to write with my feet up on the couch... not really a great spot for post-it notes. Many … Continue reading And even more Quotes!!
Several years ago I entered a competition by Australian Book Publishers Allen and Unwin, in which they asked "what inspires you to write?" The answer had to fit in 25 words, and while I can't remember my answer word for word, it was something along the lines of: 'I am inspired to write when I … Continue reading My Inspiration…
Having had some time to think over Neil Gaiman’s words in the speech I reblogged earlier, I’ve been able to narrow down things he said that gave me hope. He said he never had a career plan – nothing aside from a list he wrote when he was about 15 of things he would like … Continue reading Pondering Neil’s speech
This is my first attempt at reblogging… I truly have no idea what I’m doing so I hope it works!! I loved this post so much I had to share it. It’s a commencement speech that Neil Gaiman recently gave, and is very inspiring. I love so many of his thoughts. He talks of how the world is changing, traditional methods of distribution are changing: “the old rules are crumbling and no one knows what the new rules are, so make your own.” Very thought-provoking.
But the following is one of my favourite comments of the speech:
“Be wise… and if cannot be wise, pretend to be someone who is wise, and just do what they would.”
Brilliant – definitely worth a watch!
Here is a really lovely commencement speech that Neil Gaiman recently gave. It is quite thought-provoking, a little funny, and amazingly inspirational. It got me writing for the first time in a month. I hope it does the same for you!
These are a few of my favorite one-liners. They are all the more poignant in context.
If you don’t know it’s impossible, it’s easier to do.
I learned to write by writing.
I tended to do anything that felt like an adventure, and stop when it felt like work, which meant life did not feel like work.
A life in the arts is like putting messages in bottles on a desert island and hoping that someone will find one of your bottles and open it and read it and put something in a bottle that will find its way back to you.
The things I did because I…
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I have found one of my book of quotes! I have several notebooks, all about the place. The quotes in this one range from thought-provoking to humorous to down right strange! Here are a few... I've learnt that not all poetry lends itself to music - some thoughts need to be sung only against the silence … Continue reading Inspirational Quotes part 3
Putting things off is the biggest waste of life: it snatches away each day as it comes, and denies us the present by promising the future. - Seneca. I have wanted to be an author since I could write - or perhaps since I could read, as I'm guessing that came first! I wrote voraciously while at school, … Continue reading Taking Charge
We're heading into winter here in the Southern Hemisphere. The days are getting shorter, cooler (I wouldn't say 'colder' yet, although we have had the odd chilly day). In spite of this, my little family and I seem to be getting out and about more than we did over the warmer months! Yesterday marked the … Continue reading Inspiration from below ground
I read somewhere (possible The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron), about the importance of making sure there is fresh inspiration. That as writers, we can only output what we input. I've been stuck indoors, editing various stories for a while now, with little fresh input to inspire me. But last weekend, that changed. My dear … Continue reading Inspiration from the Tassie Bush
I can't believe it has been over a week since I posted. Well over time for another! I started this post a while back hoping to collate a list of my favourite writing quotes, but I've found that some of the quotes are good for life in general. I still haven't managed to find all … Continue reading Inspirational Quotes
I just learnt that today is Dr Suess's birthday in the US. (2nd March). He would have been 108 if he were still alive today. I love his books. I liked them when I was young, and my kids love them now. So to celebrate I thought I'd share some fantastic Dr Suess quotes: “Don't … Continue reading Happy Birthday Dr. Suess!