~ ACTION ~I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.
We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.
An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied.
Note to self: finding a cool quote and writing it in your journal is not a substitute for Getting. It. Done.
~Betsy Cañas Garmon
~ WRITING ~
Detail makes the difference between boring and terrific writing. It’s the difference between a pencil sketch and a lush oil painting. As a writer, words are your paint. Use all the colors.
Zest. Gusto. How rarely one hears these words used. How rarely do we see people living, or for that matter, creating by them. Yet if I were asked to name the most important items in a writer’s make-up, the things that shape his material and rush him along the road to where he wants to go, I could only warn him to look to his zest, see to his gusto.
If you find yourself imitating another writer, that doesn't have to be a bad thing, especially if you are a young or a new writer. However, you should be conscious of exactly how you are imitating him - word choice, sentence structure, motifs? - and think about why you're doing it.
~Poppy Z. Brite
Talent alone cannot make a writer. There must be a man behind the book.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
~ GRAMMAR ~
My spelling is Wobbly. It's good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places.
Devotees of grammatical studies have not been distinguished for any very remarkable felicities of expression.
Women are the simple, and poets the superior, artisans of language... the intervention of grammarians is almost always bad.
~Rémy de Gourmont
Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson: you find the present tense, but the past perfect!
~Owens Lee Pomeroy
~ ART ~
Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
~Henry Ward Beecher
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.
Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.
my life story