Some great advice about writing from Neil Gaiman.
Some great advice about writing from Neil Gaiman.
1. “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” – Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan
3. “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” – L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
4. “All grown-ups were once children… but only few of them remember it.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
5. “So it goes.” – Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
6. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
7. “If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start.” – Charles Bukowski, Factotum
9. “You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.” – Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men
10. “if you don’t try at anything, you can’t fail… it takes back bone to lead the life you want.” – Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road
11. “We are more than the parts that form us.” – Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind
12. “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” – Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
13. “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” – Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
15. “Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.” – George R. R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
16. “We need never be hopeless because we can never be irreparably broken.” – John Green, Looking For Alaska
17. “Are you afraid of the good you might do?.” – Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
18. “Life before Death. Strength before Weakness. Journey before Destination.” – Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings
19. “Nolite te bastardes carborundorum. Don’t let the bastards grind you down.” – Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale
21. “I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.” – Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
22. “I saw that my life was a vast glowing empty page and I could do anything I wanted.” – Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Burns
23. “Everything will turn out right, the world is built on that” – Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita
24. “Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.” – Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections
25. “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus. Return to Tipasa
Influential words from experienced individuals or prominent figures are important in our lives and our work. A simple quote may reaffirm something we already know, or enlighten us regarding something we don’t. Take heed from the professionals of your craft; learn from the people who have lived a life just as you. There is a world of experience recorded in simple phrases, waiting to be read and appreciated.
Below is a list of some of the best quotes on writing. These are from the men and women who have struggled just as we do now with starting, stopping, finishing etc. These are also the artists who live with the knowledge that writing enriches life and cleanses the soul, and through reading their ideas, hopefully we can reaffirm this within ourselves.
#5. Stephen King
If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
#4. Ernest Hemingway
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
#3. Anton Chekov
Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
#2. Joss Whedon
I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of.”
#1. Enid Bagnold
Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything. … It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower out of life, even if it’s a cactus.”
For the rhyme and reason, as to why these quotes are great, visit the full article here: http://writersedit.com/top-5-quotes-writing/
There are many obstacles to walking the (w)right path. Typically those commonly mentioned in careers information and the like are: it’s a competitive industry, it’s getting harder to find work, blah blah blah…
However, there is a lot more to it than first appears. Here are some of my own personal obstacles to walking the path:
Confidence or lack thereof in your writing ability despite constant praise from those who read it is a typical one. Self-doubt that really you’ve written a load of old tosh and that no one will be interested in it or read it can plague your thoughts. Be reassured that in spite of what you might think every writer has these fears, even some of the greatest authors of all time had doubts. Have faith in yourself and what you have to say. It is important. You are relevant. Now get writing..!
Opportunity to write can be tough to find, especially if you are from a small town like I am. Local experience if you can get it is great but if you, like me, have very little media sources available in your area then perhaps you need to consider moving further afield. Another option is writing via social media or online. As technology has grown so too has potential access to opportunities that you would otherwise not have had. Do your research; see what’s available and where you would best be placed to really make a go of things. Be brave and get yourself out there..!
Relationships are probably one of the biggest obstacles to following your dreams. I don’t say this because I am any kind of romantic cynic, on the contrary, I have been ruled many times by my emotions, and that is exactly why I have this opinion. Good old-fashioned experience. I didn’t go to university when I was 18 partly because I wanted to preserve a relationship (although thankfully I did go later). Many times since then a partner has persuaded me not to pursue certain hobbies or changed my mind about where I want my life to go, and in each and every case the relationship has ended and I have regretted my decision. If a relationship is meant to be your partner will respect what you want to do and your relationship will find a way. You shouldn’t need to compromise who you are or be dissuaded from following your dreams for anyone. Be you and be proud..!
Now obviously, all these things are easier said than done. Leaving home and/or loved ones in pursuit of something you are not completely confident about is a difficult task, but one that may be highly rewarding intrinsically. It may be a hard journey, but it’s one worth taking.
Perhaps the best advice for walking the path can be summed up in the following quotes:
“Don’t let people make you feel bad or guilty for living your life. It is your life. Life it the way you want” – Unknown
“Good things come to those who believe, better things come to those who are patient and the best things come to those who don’t give up!” – Unknown
Now, let’s get walking!
Here are just a few of my favourite inspirational quotes:
“Life would be so wonderful if only we knew what to do with it” – Greta Garbo
“Even a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” – Lao Tzu
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinion drown out your own inner voice, and most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become!” – Steve Jobs
Little did I realise the reason why they spoke to me on such a profound level…
I have loved writing since I was very young. I remember being sent to the reception class in primary school to read out my poetry, and my short stories always got excellent grades. English really was my first love at school and I carried it all the way through to A-level. I even began writing articles for the Jersey Evening Post… then I left school, and instead of going straight into the career I should have I was lead to believe that I couldn’t make a career out of writing. So stuck with no other idea of what I wanted to do I went to a recruitment agency who pushed me towards the finance industry. It should have been obvious at the outset that this was completely the wrong path from the bright green suit that I wore; clearly I was cut out for something more artistic and creative than this. But instead, I blindly went along with it, believing it would all work out in the end; like driftwood being carried the wrong way out to sea. And after a long and fruitless walk (or is that swim) in totally the wrong direction I finally woke up one day and realised how miserable I had become. I needed to do something about it, and I needed to do it now!
So I quit. I went to university and started over. And after a lot of struggle and deep soul searching, I finally came up with the answer. It had been staring me in the face the whole time and I just hadn’t seen it. It wasn’t complicated or difficult. It was quite plain and obvious. I realised what these quotes had been trying to tell me – just to be myself! To stick to what I know and what I love – writing. I had been writing as a hobby the whole time, all I had to do was stop stemming my creative flow and let it pour and I would find vocational contentment. Now I am determined to continue to do the thing I love, to have the courage to follow my heart and intuition and to begin my journey down the (w)right path… even a journey of a thousand words begins with a single sentence!