How to write a novel and other inspirational bits & bobs

Ever since I took over the office and made it my own writing space, I’ve taken to collecting bits and bobs and pinning them to what used to be a board for my hubby’s business year planner and other business-related stuff. Not that I’m biased (huh!) but I think my board is much more interesting! I’ve pinned cards from my kids, school notices, sports notices, library notices and all that essential Mom stuff on it, but I’ve also pinned a bunch of stuff that’s inspired me for one reason or another: scribbled notes with quotes, snippets, plot ideas, even a picture of a man in a cowboy hat and oilskin: his face is in complete shadow so I can use my imagination and fill in the blanks… sigh!

Anyway, I was just about to get down to work after reading through some scoresheets for a contest I’ve just finalled in (yay, yay, nearly-as-good-as-the-other-two yay and glad-that-score-was-dropped ouch!) when my gaze fell on my board and what do I see? Some inspirational stuff – just what I need! So just for fun, I’ll list them and end up with the best quote of all, which actually tells you how to write a novel. Seriously! And I think you can thank Kate for it because I have a feeling it was one of her RWNZ loop ‘quote of the day’ posts.

(BTW, where possible I’ve attributed the quotes to their authors. My apologies for those I haven’t written down authors for and/or can’t even remember where I saw them.)

“If you can dream it you can do it!” (On a birthday card designed by Keith Levy – don’t know who to attribute the quote to.)

“Everything is as it is, everything is as it must be… this moment.”

“Terrible wounds can be inflicted and the entire course of a life changed – by doing nothing.”

“Infidelity Rules: Americans do it guiltily, Russians casually, Africans lethally and the French habitually.” (Economist 31/3/07 page 88)

“We became friends, we became lovers, then we simply became.”

“…a lone man jogging, oblivious to his surroundings, hearing only the music of his own sound-system and aware only of the statements he himself was making: health, fashion, endurance. He was running straight ahead but with no end in view.” (Jean Baudrillard)

“One pain can not outweigh another; no pain can balance out another. In the end, all pain stands alone.”

And for all of us romance writers out there trying to get published, this next one’s for you:

“The only thing that stands between a woman and what she wants from life is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe that it is possible.” (Richard M. Devos)

And finally, the one you’ve all been waiting for: the inspirational quote which tells you how to write a novel…

‘”Begin at the beginning,” the King said, gravely, “and go till you come to the end, then stop.”‘(Lewis Carroll)




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