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Hi! Welcome to Part 3 of my blog series Writers’ Favourite Writing Quotes.

I am delighted so many of you are reading the blog and visiting my website too!

In Part 3 of the series I have some fantastic quotes from three author friends whose quotes are quite fascinating and really inspiring.

So without further ado let’s catch up with Nydia, Lang and Sylvia to see how quotes have inspired their writing and creative journeys. Enjoy!

Nydia Pastoriza’s chosen quote (writing under the pen name Lexi Aidyn) is:

‘It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write.

Let them think you were born that way.’

Ernest Hemingway


Nydia says: It inspired me because for a long time I wanted to write but I thought I wasn’t good at it and my lack of confidence kept me from doing it. The quote talks to me because it’s really no one’s business as long as I go through the process. I always wanted to write a book The quote inspired me to write because now I’m willing to take the time to learn. I’m no longer worried about what others think, I just want to fulfil my dream of writing a book.

Currently working on: I’m writing my first novel Candid. It’s a romance story about two people from different walks of life. I know that’s what a lot of people write about, but I’m mixing faith and religion and how it can be used as an excuse and for double standards. It’s really not a religious book and it’s not putting down any specific religion or denomination.

If you would like to know more about Nydia these are her LINKS:





Lang Johnson’s chosen quote is:

There are so many writing quotes that I love, but funny enough my favorite quote that inspires me to keep writing is not about writing at all.


“Why not me?”

Mindy Kaling


Lang says:

I always had a passion for writing. I wrote a few short stories that I posted online and I was a contributing writer for a health and wellness blog called Happygirl Yoga.  But in the back of my mind I always wanted to write a novel. The reason I never pursued it was because I feared that I was not a “real” writer. Only real writers were good enough to create enchanting worlds, in-depth characters, and can put thousands of words together and make it into a book.

I told myself that I was not qualified to be an author. My only experience was publishing a few articles on Happygirl Yoga. And even if I did go through with writing this book I doubted anyone would read it.

Then I heard the quote by Mindy Kaling and I thought about all the reasons why I wanted to write a novel – because I was in love with the world I created in my mind, because I wanted to do something prolific with words, because there are characters inside me whose stories I’m dying to tell.

But mostly, it was because through all my self-doubt there was a small voice inside that asked: Why don’t I consider myself a real writer? Why can’t I publish this novel? Why do I think no one will read it? Instead of thinking negatively, I should be asking: “Why not me?”

I realized that I was the only one holding myself back. The truth is, that in the end we are only as successful as we allow ourselves to be.

Now, I’m happy to say that a year after I started my novel I’ve completed my second draft!

Currently working on: I’m working on a fantasy fiction novel.

If you would like to know more about Lang these are her LINKS:

IG: writer_langjohnson

IG: big_bodhi_girl


Sylvia Valevicius’ chosen quote is:

‘Now, practically even better news than that of short assignments

  is the idea of shitty first drafts. All good writers write them.

 This is how they end up with good second drafts and terrific

third drafts.’  Anne Lamott


Sylvia says: This is from the American author, Anne Lamott, and her much loved book, bird by bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. This is inspirational for me to remember, now, and it is just as important as it was when I began writing seriously in 2012. It gives me the freedom to take chances, and to find the joy in editing later. I accept everything in the first draft, and expect it to be shitty! Anne Lamott encourages a freedom to take chances in writing and not to try to be perfect right away.

Currently working on: I have a novel that is in its first draft, set in my town of Oakville, Ontario, about a widower, a decent guy, and his twin teens. The working title is: The World of SIN.  There are surprises about my protagonist’s heritage, and the people who surround his life. Since this project will take some time to complete, in the interim, I decided to write a fictional volume of short pieces, Monologues for Grown Ups which I intend to publish by the end of October 2017. Soon!

If you would like to know more about Sylvia these are her LINKS:

Twitter: @Jtosnest

Instagram: @sylviamvalevicius

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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!















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My heart has been clouded for too long
    by my sensible frowning head
But then music and my favourite song
    came and spoke to me and said,
‘Do what you are meant to do
    you have one life and one life only
Don’t muddle day by day through
    you have but one chance solely.
Look up to the stars, breathe in the air
    walk with happiness in your step
Run and skip like you have no care
    for this life you can now prep.
Fill your insides with love and light
   don’t settle for anything less
Hold onto passion with all your might
    you can take away life’s mess.
Be bold, be bright and grab your life
    let floating bubbles illuminate the sky
There’s no inch of room for strife
    you owe it to yourself to try.’
Suddenly everything became clear
    passion and me love enveloped 
Life opened up to make me freer
    and looking closer it’s more than I’d hoped.
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I have connected with many authors since my decision to make writing a huge part of my lifestyle and arranged to meet Tas one evening after connecting on Twitter. I’d been traipsing around the London Book Fair earlier that day and was totally exhausted but I can honestly say Tas made me feel relaxed with his warmth and funny anecdotes. We ended up in a coffee shop on Kensington High Street and talked non-stop for over three hours; our Greek Cypriot families, friends, education, writing and our hopes and dreams.


I’ve always been quietly fascinated by writing prompts and think they are a great way to shift writer’s block, ignite and generate new ideas and bring a new perspective to your writing. Emily Wenstrom says, “The prompt itself doesn’t matter nearly as much as what you do with it.”

So the key is write whatever comes into your head, free write for a few minutes; you can even time yourself which will induce greater concentration and focus as well as develop discipline to think creatively on demand as you put your thoughts down on paper.

As you build your confidence and start to enjoy the skill of writing to a prompt you can give yourself targets. For example, responding to a prompt using dialogue only, writing in a different POV to the one you are currently writing in, write in a different genre to the one you write in usually, respond to the prompt from one character’s POV only. You could then go back and respond to the prompt in a different way and see how your writing develops. Go back and develop any ideas or storylines, look at how you can weave these into your writing and share what you have written with writing peers or through your social media platforms. All writing will help develop you as a writer!

So welcome to the first in a series of writing prompts which comes from aspiring author, Tas Liasis, and he’s chosen “The Inevitability of Death” 

We are all destined to die. It is inevitable. How do you accommodate this fact into your life? Does it enter your thoughts as you go about your daily routine? Or are you the type of person who laughs in the Grim Reaper’s face (or what is left of it) as you ready yourself to cliff dive?

I’d love you to share what you come up with so please send me your responses by filling out the contact form here or by leaving a comment below.

If you would like to know more about Tas read on and connect with him at any of his social media links below as well as through his blog.

About Tas: As they say on the street, “I am new to the game”. A cinephile, bibliophile, and tileórasiphile (a word I invented whilst blogging on my love of television), I am a late-thirties, London-born Greek-Cypriot with an unrelenting passion for writing in the three mediums of film, novel, and television.

Despite taking an unusual and diverted pathway to be where I am today, I recently completed a degree in Creative Writing via the Open University as a precursor to consolidating my desired profession of being a writer.

My favourite authors are Mario Puzo, Arthur C. Clarke, Tony Parsons, and Dan Brown, with science-fiction and conspiracy thriller my favoured fictional genres, although I enjoy reading non-fiction equally as much.

I am currently writing two fictional novels and television pilot scripts for a sitcom and a drama, in addition to freelancing for professional and personal clients.


Social media: @tasologyworld /

Thank you so much Tas for your writing prompt and I wish you all the best of luck with your writing projects. Thank you too, my readers, for joining me again this week.

Until next week…happy writing, happy reading, happy you. 🙂

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Welcome to this week’s A Cup of Conversation with Ellen Read, the author of The Dragon Sleeps – an historical murder mystery romance novel, and Love The Gift – an eBook Novella, a time slip romance, a story to heal grief. Ellen was born in Queensland, Australia. She loves to read fiction, non-fiction, poetry. She particularly loves history and stories of ancient myths and legends. Authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, Agatha Christie, and Victoria Holt, the latter of whom wrote gothic mystery/romances, have influenced her own work. Other interests include photography, music and musical theatre and dance. Ellen was a ballroom dancing teacher for many years and has also worked in Performing Arts administration.

I love a good murder mystery read and I’m a big fan of Agatha Christie! So hold on tight and let’s venture forth to find out who’s influenced her writing style and whether she’s a pantser or a plotter as she plans her next murder!

1. When did you start writing creatively?

I started to write seriously when I was eighteen. I decided I wanted to write a novel. I’d written before then and always made stories up since I was quite young. I wrote several novels at that time. Then I became involved in the performing arts area and I didn’t write as much because working on shows is very demanding.

2. Which author has most influenced your own writing style?

There are a few authors that have influenced me. I’ve always loved Agatha Christie. In my teens and early twenties, I read a lot of Edgar Allan Poe’s work. Also Victoria Holt, who wrote Gothic mysteries. Kate Morton is an author I love. When I look at these authors, I think it’s no wonder I write historical murder mysteries.

3. Are any of the characters in your novel/s based on yourself?

None are solely based on me. However, I suppose there’s a little of me in some characters. Alexandra would be the closest, although she is more adventurous than I am.

4. What are you working on at the moment/what’s next?

I’m working on the second Thornton mystery. It has an entirely new mystery but still follows the lives of the main characters from The Dragon Sleeps. It will have a new title too under the banner of The Thornton Mysteries. I’ve already started some research for the third book in the series.

5. Where do you write and do you have a writing routine?

I always write at my desktop computer, unless I’m away from home and then I’ll use a laptop. I prefer to write in the morning and early afternoon. I find that a more productive time for me.

6. What’s your favourtite go-to snack when writing?

I don’t snack at my desk while I’m writing. I’m too absorbed in my writing. I might have a break to stretch my legs and grab a chocolate – my biggest weakness – but I don’t sit down with food.

7. Is there any aspect of the writer’s life you least enjoy and why?

The thing I least enjoy is marketing my book. It is very difficult when you’re an Indie author without a publishing house behind you. It’s very time consuming. I’m pleased that when I worked in the performing arts, I used to do marketing, so that helps a little. However, it’s a lot different to marketing a book.

8. Sum up your most recent novel in 6 words.

Historical murder mystery with some romance.

9. Are you a planner or a pantser?

I’m a mixture of both. I plan a rough outline, and start with at least the beginning and the ending. I make a lot of research notes and I make notes on the characters. Because the mystery in The Dragon Sleeps and my WIP spans three generations, I do family trees. So, I do a lot of preparation. I also like to visit the location in which the book is set. All that being done, once I start to write, I see where it takes me.

10. What’s on your current to-do list?

Finish editing. Publish my WIP before Christmas.

Thank you Ellen for sharing your writing journey and books with us and to you too for joining us and if you would like to connect with Ellen her social media links can be found below as well as her Amazon links to her books too. Till next time, happy writing and reading!


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