Hi there and welcome!
Today’s blog post is about writing quotes. I absolutely love quotes about writing as well as those which inspire and encourage us. Those of you who follow me on Twitter know I tweet famous writing quotes as well as those from less well-known people often. I also tweet my own snippets and thoughts to inspire, motivate and support other writers and those who follow me across my different social media platforms. I mean, who doesn’t love a quote or who hasn’t been touched or ever inspired by one?
So to start as we mean to go on, here’s a quote from me!
“Listen to the whisper of your soul. Not the shouts of your mind.”
Too often we are influenced in making decisions because they are the right ones. The ones that conform or fit into an ideal we have or are made to believe in. But you know what, I’ve learnt it’s that whisper, which comes in the night when all is still, or when I’m alone in the stillness of a quiet day, I should be listening to. This is my intuition, my gut instinct and it’s rarely wrong. I didn’t recognise it, or should I say often ignored it when I was younger, putting convenience, expectation of others and necessity before my whisper, but as I’ve got older I have learnt to trust and listen to it more carefully…and it doesn’t let me down.
In this first part of a blog series two of my writer buddies share their favourite quotes and how the quote has influenced them or motivated them on their writing journey…I hope they inspire you and touch you in a positive way too!
Anne John-Ligali’s chosen quote is:
“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”
Anne says: Around November 2016 I decided to treat myself to a Christmas gift, a personalised calendar with my blog name on it. After viewing the preview of the calendar I thought it needed a little something, like a quote. I remembered reading a quote somewhere that not only has stayed in my mind ever since, but it’s been a great pick-me-up on those days where I either feel like I can’t take it anymore, or my inner editor asks me, ‘Anne, what are you doing? Just quit!’
There are many quotes on writing out there, but this one just did it for me, it’s always kept me focused and encouraged me to see the finishing line, no matter how far into the distance. I’ve always loved writing, but did I want to stay an amateur? Or want to push myself and take it further? Even if it’s one book that you get published in your whole life, you will still be a professional writer who was once an amateur or a student of the craft.
Once you have your book available for sale it means you have crossed over to the other side. I’m not saying that things get easier after publication, I’ve heard it doesn’t by many authors and how after being published is when the hard work begins.
To reach the point of publication is a joy and a slap on the back moment that I look forward to hopefully in the near future when I release my short story, The Big Event. So for me, popping this lovely quote onto my calendar, an object that I look at daily has been very easy on the eye. And I suppose the quote raises a very important question to the aspiring writer and encourages them to make a decision as to whether writing is just a hobby, or will it become a profession?
Anne is currently working on: part two of a short story series, The Big Event, plus I’m currently working on a novel that I hope to publish next year.
If you would like to know more about Anne these are her LINKS:
David P. Perlmutter’s chosen quote is:
“Either write something worth reading or do something worth
writing.” Benjamin Franklin
David says: I feel that parts of my life are worth writing about as it hasn’t been a normal path, but what is a normal path? My life has been an adventure of sorts, made by my own mistakes, my own journey, also made by other people, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.
David is currently working on: releasing 3 box sets on Amazon and I’m working on my 12th book, called ‘One Year’, unless I change the title mid-course of writing the book!
If you would like to know more about David these are his LINKS:
Thank you for taking the time to read through this blog post! I hope that you will come by and visit again soon. And if you have a favourite quote and would like to be featured in the series please contact me, I’d love to hear from you! Until next time, happy writing, happy reading, happy you!
With much love, Soulla x
I lay myself bare
Not like me at all
To open up
A stranger to me
We said goodnight
To show we care
But no drawn out kiss
And I left you
In the summer July air
#POEMSC a Poem by Soulla Christodoulou