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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:

Website http://candidthenovel.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lexyaidyn/

IG: https://www.instagram.com/author_lexi_aidyn/

 

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

Goodreads and Amazon Author

Website: whoissylvia.net

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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.

Blog: https://tasology.wordpress.com/

Social media: @tasologyworld / https://www.facebook.com/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. 🙂

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!

Links:

Instagram: Instagram

Facebook: Facebook

Goodreads: Goodreads

Website: ellenread.com

Blog: WordPress Blog

Amazon link to books:

Amazon

Amazon – Australia

https://youtu.be/AYYxheWOkew

A huge welcome to A Cup of Conversation with author Rebekah Lee Jenkins, Becky to her friends, who shares many insights into her wonderful writing journey, including her next novel ‘Prosecuting Priscilla’ and how she loses herself in times gone by and a Gin and Tonic keeps her company as she writes! Thank you for joining us!

Hey Soulla, thank you so much for inviting me to be part of a cup of conversation. This is super!!

1. When did you start writing creatively?

I started writing creatively as soon as I learned how to read and write. I remember my first story was completed in Grade 4. I wish I could remember what it was about!

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

The author that most influenced my own writing style? I think Fanny Flagg honestly. I love her writing, she writes about small town Americana and if someone compared me to her as the Canadian equivalent or wanna be is more like it! I would die a thousand deaths. She is fantastic. I also loved Lucy Maude Montgomery and Laura Ingall’s Wilder because I am a Canadian I read Lucy Maude Montgomery endlessly. I still read Rilla of Ingleside often. Also, Nelly McClung. If you haven’t read her you must. She was a suffragette and wrote extensively. She was from rural prairie Canada.

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

In The Night They Came For Til, I am most like Til. I hate to admit it. She is me with no filter. Also, I don’t have kids so I wrote this book for my 15 year old niece. So the relationship between Til and Shannon really reflects the relationship I have with Azelin my niece. Just like Til, I want the best for her, I want her to know her worth, not because of what a man or men commend in her but because of what she has accomplished. I want her to know; some women will propel you forward and some will destroy you. Know how to recognize those women. Don’t cater to them. I spent 22 years as a hairstylist and I have had the great privilege of knowing many amazing women. Pieces of them are made up in Mrs. Bennett and Mrs. Holt, Mrs. Rood. I was happy to give them a fictional forum. Til’s message to Shannon is a strong one. Create your own life. Ada’s message was “Know your own worth.” Both messages combine into one: Chart your own course, be true to yourself.

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

Currently, I have 20,000 words of the prequel to The Night They Came For Til. The book is called “Prosecuting Priscilla.” No rights under Canadian law? Be clever. I feature Canada’s first female lawyer and how she helps two women navigate divorce in Canada in 1902. How they handle having no legal rights in Canada and in court. I am super thrilled to write this. Til was a gynaecologist, unheard of for her time, Clara Cady. My take on the first woman lawyer in Canada. I love featuring women who do not let circumstance define them, they define themselves.

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

I write in my office that looks at a police station. Lots to see when I need to day dream out the window!! I love writing at about 6 am-11 am. I can’t really function mentally after 6 pm so it has to be in that window. Summer has thrown my whole routine out of whack. I try to keep Wednesdays sacred for writing.

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

Favorite snack? Gin and tonic. I never touched the stuff until I started writing Til and she demands the odd gin and tonic. She’s hard to live with. Coffee in the morning obviously. I don’t eat when I write. I forget the time. Often I start really early and I am feeling sick I look up I’ve been writing for 4 hours straight and forgot to eat.I also forget the year I live in. This is tricky. I was planning a scene in my head while I was on the way to Winnipeg and I stopped to pick up a sub at subway. A man in front of me in line started swearing into his phone. I looked at him shocked. Completely shocked that a man would swear in front of a woman. He looked back at me and kind of seemed chastised. He actually apologized! In my head it was 1904. I was in writing mode and not living in reality at all. I’m not sure if this happens to anyone else. I almost get into character when I write. It’s super hard to explain.

Something that is very consistent. I always wear the same brown sweater. I think because I write so early and it’s always a little chilly that time of day in Canada. My sister threatens to burn it because it is so ugly.

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

The writer’s life I least enjoy?? I had a hard time finding a proof reader and dealing with proof reading was a nightmare. Other than that. I love every single piece of being a writer. If there an aspect I don’t like I don’t do it. I hate face book so I do very little there. I do tones ofIinstagram because I love Instagram.

Anyway. I have a hard time with grammar and punctuation so I always hope the people I hire will fix everything and not roll their eyes. (By the way, check this document for punctuation!)

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

Women empowerment in 1904

9. Are you a planner or a pantser?

First novel I was a pantser. It took 6 years to write. I did the research last, had to re write scads of it. This novel I am a total planner. Did endless research first. Drafted outlines. Adeline Pitman showed up unannounced. Didn’t plan for her, she’s taking over the entire book. Just like Til did. I have control over the plot but the characters take over and I try to keep up with them.

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

My current to do list is to go the the museum I wrote about and create a display of my research and set up my books for sale there. Hillcrest Museum is the visual of my brand. The man who was the architect was a stage coach driver who taught himself to be an architect in 1900. Kind of like a hairstylist who dared to be an author. Love that message. Circumstances don’t define you. We define ourselves

Links:

Instagram: rebekahleejenkins

Facebook: Rebekah Lee Jenkins Author

Website: RebekahLeeJenkins@wordpress.com

Amazon links to bookshttps://www.amazon.com/dp/B072P1C1NC

Welcome to my blog post on general questions and areas to focus on to kick-start discussion after reading my novels (or any novel for that matter) although I’m sure you will have plenty of your own too!

 

  1. How did you experience the book? Were you engaged immediately, or did it take you a while to “get into it”? How did you feel reading it—amused, sad, disturbed, confused, anxious, excited…?

 

  1. Describe the main characters—personality traits, motivations, and inner qualities.
    Why do the characters do what they do?
    • Are their actions justified?
    • Describe the dynamics between the different characters (in a marriage, family, or friendship).
    • How has the past shaped their lives?
    • Do you admire or disapprove of them?
    • Do they remind you of people you know?

 

  1. Are the main characters dynamic—changing or maturing by the end of the book? Do they learn about themselves, how the world works and their role in it?

 

  1. Discuss the plot:
    Is it engaging—do you find the story interesting?
    • Is this a plot-driven book—a fast-paced page-turner?
    • Does the plot unfold slowly with a focus on character?
    • Were you surprised by complications, twists & turns?
    • Did you find the plot predictable, even formulaic?

 

  1. Talk about the book’s structure.
    Is it a continuous story…or interlocking short stories?
    • Does the time-line move forward chronologically?
    • Does time shift back & forth from past to present?
    • Is there a single viewpoint or shifting viewpoints?
    • Why might the author have chosen to tell the story
    the way he or she did?
    • What difference does the structure make in the way
    you read or understand the book?

 

  1. What main ideas—themes—does the author explore? (Consider the title, often a clue to a theme.) Does the author use symbolsto reinforce the main ideas?

 

  1. What passages strike you as insightful, even profound? Perhaps a bit of dialog that’s funny or poignant or that encapsulates a character? Maybe there’s a particular comment that states the book’s thematic concerns?

 

  1. Is the ending satisfying? If so, why? If not, why not…and how would you change it?

 

  1. If you could ask the author a question, what would you ask? Have you read other books by the same author? If so how does this book compare. If not, does this book inspire you to read others?

 

  1. Has this novel changed you—broadened your perspective? Have you learned something new or been exposed to different ideas about people or a certain part of the world?

 

With thanks to LitLovers for permission to use this fabulous list of questions!

http://www.litlovers.com/run-a-book-club/questions-for-fiction

Hi! Welcome and welcome back if this is not your first visit to the blog series Writers’ Favourite Writing Quotes.

The response to the series has been fantabulous (one of my many made-up words) and I am so happy so many of you are reading the blog and visiting my website too!

In Part 2 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 Diana, C.C. and Frank to see how quotes have inspired their writing and creative journeys. Enjoy!

Diana Tyler’s chosen quote is:

  “Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part

          of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t    

              cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve

                  got.” Steven Pressfield

Diana says: I love it because it is a powerful weapon against the foe Mr. Pressfield calls Resistance. Resistance, in a nutshell, is the intangible force that often manifests as self-doubt, fear, and inadequacy. Whenever I sense one of those toxic feelings creeping into my psyche, I remember that quote and am reminded that someone out there needs the story that Resistance fights to keep buried and unwritten.

My unique imagination, ideas, experiences, worldview, voice, and writing style are tools designed to work together to create beauty and deliver hope and light to my readers. When I take my focus off myself and the negative thoughts that have seized me and redirect them to the faceless readers I know could be inspired or encouraged by my fiction, the cloud of Resistance dissipates and the words proceed to flow.

To give into Resistance’s lies would be to deprive the world of an incredible, one-of-a-kind gift, the gift of our stories and the ineffable magic that dwells inside them. We must always reject any thought of inferiority, hopelessness, self-pity and comparison the moment they surface and immediately remind ourselves that writing is not only a blessing and escape for us as artists to enjoy, but for others to enjoy as well.

The harder Resistance pushes against us, the more we should be encouraged that there are hungry readers waiting to get lost in and be touched by our work. So keep working. No matter what.

Currently working on: the third book in The Orchid Series (book one, Armor for Orchids, was published earlier this year). Additionally, I’m editing book two in that series, as well as books two and three in my upcoming fantasy trilogy, The Petros Chronicles.

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

Website: http://www.dianaandersontyler.com/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/dianafit4faith/

Twitter: @dandersontyler

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authordianatyler/

Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/dandersontyler/

C.C. Hogan’s chosen quote is:

   “Extraordinary how potent cheap music is.”

Noel Coward

C.C. says: I am far from the most literate writer or the most worldly-wise, to corrupt another saying, but to me the most important part of writing is not the writing itself; it is the storytelling. Cheap music, whether that is a silly song or advertising jingle perhaps, is potent simply because it does not pretend to be something it isn’t. It is the portrayal of an idea in a simple, straightforward manner that taps into how all human beings work. We really are far less complex than some of us like to pretend. This is probably why the best storytellers were the bards that told and acted out a simple story to the delight of their audience. We would do well to remember them and imitate them and perhaps spend a little less time trying to be somehow ‘great’.

Currently working on: Writing a book that is a spin off from Dirt series two – called provisionally The Dragon and his Rider. Recording the audio book versions of Dirt and The Stink.  Planning out a new series for younger teens about a girl who moves to the Moon. Ummm … and a few other bits!

If you would like to know more about C.C. these are his LINKS:

Website: https://t.co/ZlNJCZtFLw
Dirt: https://t.co/T9SWJKNK2q
FB: https://t.co/CjwAJ4X5W6
Twitter: https://t.co/sVZdmkNtib

 

Frank Regan’s chosen quote is:

   “I meet far too many people who are going to be writers ‘someday.’ When they are out of high school, when they’ve finished college, after the wedding, when the kids are older, after they retire. That is such a trap You will never have any more free time than you do right now. So, whether you are 12 or 70, you should sit down today and start being a writer if that is what you want to do. You might have to write in a notebook while your kids are playing on the swings or write in your car on your coffee break. That’s okay. I think we’ve all ‘been there, done that.’ It all starts with the writing.”
― Robin Hobb

Frank says: This quote by Robin Hobb is probably my favourite because for years I put off starting writing until I got my life ‘sorted’. I thought this meant getting a proper job and trying to behave like a grown-up. The reality for me though was I needed to make time for writing, even if it is just grabbing fifteen minutes with my notebook while I drink a coffee. The mere act of creating something leaves me far more ‘sorted’ than all the pretence of being a grown-up ever has.

Currently working on: I am currently putting the final touches to Wreckage a poetry collection and am half way through a draft of a Fantasy Adventure novel provisionally titled Watchers in the Dark.

If you would like to know more about Frank these are his LINKS:

Blog: https://frankregan.wordpress.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/frankregan17?lang=en

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/madeofsticksandstones/

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!

💜 Sitting here
Thoughts going round and round
I think I’ve lost a part of me
And I don’t want to be found

Once you were here
Real and true
Now I turn round and you’ve gone
I feel like we’re through.

I smile through my tears
Remembering your smile
The sparkle in your eyes
As you took away my fears

The gentlest of touches
A stroke of my hand
You reached in and
Stole my heart

A few snatched hours
The lightest of conversations
The deepest of thoughts
We connected as one, me and you

Darkness enveloped me
Not threatening or cold
As you lay down with me
Loved me, reached into my soul

Now you’ve disappeared
I don’t know how long for
Will I see you again or
Will you always be gone?💜

#POEMSC a Poem by Soulla Christodoulou

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.”

Soulla Christodoulou

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.”

Richard Bach

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:

@AnneJohnLigali

@BooksNAuthorsUK

www.booksandauthors.co.uk

Instagram

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:

http://davidpperlmutter.com/

http://thewrongplaceatthewrongtime.blogspot.com/

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/davidpperlmutter

https://en-gb.facebook.com/wrongplacewrongtimebook/

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

In the summer July air

You came

We met

We laughed

We talked

I undressed

You touched

I lay myself bare

Not like me at all

To open up

A stranger to me

We said goodnight

Feelings reeling

To show we care

But no drawn out kiss

And I left you

In the summer July air

#POEMSC a Poem by Soulla Christodoulou

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