Archive for the ‘Quotations’ Category

“No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.” ― Virginia Woolf

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Day #22. I am a great believer in action. But sometimes I do too much. Sometimes I push & strive when what’s really needed is a little time to let thoughts percolate, to let the fruit of a story ripen before being picked. And, remember too, that you don’t need to add metaphorical glitter & bows in order to shine because you think what you’re doing isn’t enough. Readers love writing when the heart that created it resonates with their own. You don’t need to dress up your heart. Simply express yourself. This is all you can do. Trust that this is enough.

“The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.” ― Agatha Christie

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Day #21. This is a funny little piece of advice, but I find it’s true for me. While I’m doing housework, not thinking of anything in particular, I’m very often blessed with sudden answer to a plot problem or a few stupendous sentences. So, if you find yourself staring at the blank page, just stop & do some washing up instead! It probably won’t be long before a spark of inspiration settles on your shoulder…

“You are your best thing.” ― Toni Morrison

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Day #19. Everyone underestimates themselves. And, since we don’t see our own gifts, it helps to employ the eyes of friends or mentors – people you trust to see the truth. But, even then, to be told we’re lovely & amazing can, strangely, be a hard thing to hear. Most of us have a low threshold for compliments. But, once we start believing how brilliant we are, then we’re able to do anything!

“Self-pity in its early stages is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable.” ― Maya Angelou

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Day #15. Disappointments are a frustratingly common fact of life. My own life often doesn’t meet my desires, but I’m lucky to have people who inspire me away from self-pity. So, when I suffer a disappointment, when I feel the strong pull of self-pity, I reach out for support. Because I can’t fight the doubts & fears of my mind by myself. So, when you’re feeling the pull of the mattress, remember that you don’t have to go it alone!

“All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.” ― Helen Keller

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Day #11. People who overcome great suffering & great odds hold us all in their hearts. They show us what’s possible. They remind us that, when we want to give up hope, we don’t have to. They inspire us to keep going. They inspire us not to stop until we’ve fulfilled every single dream we have in our hearts.

“Don’t give up the search for happiness because you’re afraid of getting hurt.” – Martha Raye

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

Day #5. We’re all afraid of getting hurt. So we step lightly around love & into life, holding back our hearts. Yet, the more we hold back the less happy we are. In protecting ourselves from hurt we hurt ourselves in the process. A few years ago I learned the best way not to get hurt is to reach out to everyone & for everything. Sometimes the highlight of your day can be with a total stranger. Sometimes a life opportunity comes along in an utterly unexpected way. If you have many eggs in many baskets, when you’re faced with the occasional rejection, you hardly notice it at all.

“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Day #2. Wishing is essential. It’s the whisper of desire in our hearts. But, wishing is not enough. At some point action must be taken. If you wish to be a writer, you must write. And re-write. You must contact agents. And, if plan A doesn’t work, you make plan B. It’s not enough simply to write & wish for something wonderful to happen. Wishing takes as much energy as action does. So, once you know what you want, don’t waste energy in wishing, channel it into actions that’ll make those wishes come true!



“It’s far easier to start something than it is to finish it.” ― Amelia Earhart

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Beginnings contain good intentions. We rarely begin thinking we’ll give up when it gets difficult. But we often underestimate the energy & effort it’ll take to complete something. We also underestimate the impact giving up will have on our self-esteem. If we fail to finish, it matters. In quitting we’re dismissing our desires & breaking our word with ourselves. The trick is not to start things lightly, be it a novel or an exercise class, & not say “yes” before you’ve investigated what it’ll entail. You’ll feel a lot better if you only start a few things but always finish them. Knowing you can trust yourself is a great thing indeed.