Writer’s Quote Wednesday

Good February everyone!! Welcome to the first Writer’s Quote and #BeWOW Wednesday of the 2nd month of 2016. For more information on what we do each we, check out Silver Threading and RonovanWrites.

For the shortest month of the year, February sure seems to be packed full of all sorts of amazing things (Not the least of which are my 31st and my mother’s *ahem* day of birth celebrations :O ) So with that in mind, today’s quotes are going to center on something I seem to be having issues with this year…finding time!

As an author, a mother, a daughter, and a friend I often find myself without the ability to even make my own schedule. I run in between the lines, trying to find the time for anything I want to do inside and around the schedules of others. However, I keep trying even when I feel like breaking down and crying…and I keep trying BECAUSE positive-quote-confucius-600x600

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday

Welcome to the first Writing Quote Wednesday of the year 2016! Phew…I don’t know how I’m in 2016 already but I do know that if you want to take part in our little weekly party, you can head over to Silver Threading to see the rules for Writer’s Quote Wednesdays and talk to RonovanWrites about #BEWOW.

This week I want to share with you a quote that jumped out at me because of my friends. You see, I shared the beginning of a contest entry with 3 friends (who had requested to see what I was working on) and their reactions were as follows:

  1. Pretty good. It’s almost to perfect…just needs a few tweaks.
  2. Hey, I love the way you write and this is pretty decent. Just work on it a little.
  3. THIS IS SO INTENSE, I LOVE IT! You’ve written this story to perfection.

Friend #1 has been a writer before, though they have mostly stopped at this point, and looked at it from the author’s perspective.

Friend #2 reads voraciously and has taken up my bad habit of grammar policing. They looked at it from the perspective of an editing type.

Friend #3 just enjoys reading for the sake of the story and read from the perspective of a joyous audience member, a reader just wanting to know what happened next.

Through their eyes I saw what needed worked on, what needed lost, and what needed to stay exactly as it was. Then I began to look at quotes for this week’s post and almost immediately saw:

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“THAT’S IT!” I cried, “The perfect quote! I’ve been writing…been pushing through a story I’m almost afraid to tackle. A pre-fairy tale fairy tale. A mythical origin story, if you will, and this…OH THIS! This quote is exactly what I needed. Take chances, get it down, and don’t worry about having to ‘tweak’ it later or how it ‘might be perfect if you…’ just WRITE!”

So that is today’s advice, ladies and gentlemen, Just Write. Just put down the story stomping and swirling through your membranes and, once it is all written down and glorious in it’s unedited range of possibly not quite horrendousness, then you edit it. Only then do you need to be concerned with editing. Get it down, then get it right. This isn’t brain surgery, it’s world writing.

Until next Time…Have a Blessed and Wonderful week!

 

#BeWriter’s Quote Wednesday

Welcome, Welcome to the next to last #BeWriter’sQuoting Wednesday of 2015 (I’ll come up with a good combo name…just wait for it!).

Remember to check out Silver Threading and Ronovan for more information, rules, prompts, and general merriment.

This week I wanted to continue with the ‘gifts’ theme we’ve been exploring for the Holiday season…and away we go!

 

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Passionate about writing? Write..Passionate about miniature, ceramic goat herders? Open a museum/auction house. Passionate about the person you stare at through the window at night? Seek help…that wasn’t isn’t calling you! 

Hopefully we all have things light a fire inside of us. Writing and reading do that for me. I get started and lose myself entirely in the story, whether it’s mine or someone else’s. Someday I will be doing that for a living and acing it, right now I’m doing it for (mostly) free and loving it. Whatever you’re passionate about, I hope you pursue it throughout the new year.

 

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Trudge on, push through that block, work every day: A muse comes to you through hard work, not booze and pretty lights (ok…not normally through booze and pretty lights). 

Inspiration comes and goes but when you keep going without it, that is when you discover the true depths of your passion and gift. Keep on swimming!

Finally:

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This is technically something for a teacher, but every author, every artist, every person that is passionate about their work becomes a teacher through that passion. Thank you all!

Remain passionate, seek personal inspirations, and pour yourself into making sure that the joy and passion you find in your gift shine through in all you do. Happy Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yule, and any other holiday that happens in this end of year time.

I hope that my love, joy, and passion for words shines through to you all. I adore sharing it with you and I thank you for sharing your passions with me. until next time…

Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Thankful

Welcome to another Writers Quote Wednesday! Like the rest of our posts, this week is brought to you by Silver Threading and Ronovan Writes.

This week I want to talk to you about a few random things that we as writers, or even just you normal people, might be thankful for.

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This is a quote from my current NaNoWriMo project. Lenora, the character who says this, goes on the say she didn’t even know the connection was missing until her friend ‘liked’ the post…but then it is a piercing relief to be thankful for. 

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Writers can be thankful for the ability to write memories and create stories that they, their readers, and the future audiences can all find those memories within. 

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Be thankful that, as a writer, writing becomes a part of you. So that you will always have ideas and sentences floating around within you. 

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Having a bad day? Hers was worse…and yet writing allows for any bad day to disappear for a bit. You can be reborn in every story, your sorrow can be cast off…you write your own stories and emotions here. 

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I am always, always thankful that my propensity for creating new (or formerly not used within my own society) words is something that writers are allowed to do. Lawyers and doctors have to stick with their own linguistics, I get to make it all up if I want to!

Are there other things that I’ve missed? Tell what you’re thankful for down in the comments!

Have a blessed Week!!

Writers Quote Wednesday – or Whenever

Writers Quote Wednesdays are the delightful and fun weekly invention of Silver Threading, a woman who has an entire blog full of awesome! Check out this week’s WQW, as well as her rules, posts, and comments for more Information.

Ronovan, of ronovanwrites.wordpress.com and Lit World Interviews, has joined the Threading Movement for Writing Quotes on Wednesdays by creating his own weekly prompt post #BeWOW   (Be Wonderful and/or Writing on Wednesdays). Head over to his pages and see what his rules, ideas, and entries are like!

Today, halfway through NaNoWriMo, I wanted to share a few quotes on something that practically anyone alive has some experience with…and that becomes horribly prevalent (or more so, anyway) for many during the month of November. PROCRASTINATION.

That’s right, I said it..procrastination. Let me be the first to admit here: My Name is Beth, I am an author, a mother, an educator, an avid reader…and I am a procrastinator. A queen of procrastination…I have a crown. They should give me a sash…in fact, they were supposed to order one for me last year but, surprise surprise, it hasn’t happened yet. NCIS marathons are killer. 

There, phew, I’m glad that’s out of the way. Now we can get around to figuring out what, exactly, this whole procrastinating thing is about.

For those of you who are not aware because, let’s face it, there are at least two of you that are in denial, procrastination is defined by dictionary.com as: the act or habit of procrastinating, or putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention.

The weirdest part, which is also the funniest and the saddest depending on my mood, is that I procrastinate by doing other things that I previously procrastinated about. For example, to give myself a reason to not do dishes Monday I decided to work on NaNoWriMo. To give myself a reason not to work on NaNoWrimo yesterday, I cleaned out the bottom shelf of my fridge. Today I’m writing this post instead of NaNo-ing and I’m sure when it comes time to wash a pan I’ll be suddenly stricken with a grand idea and write a few thousand words instead of scrubbing things.

So what can we do? I have no idea…but I do have a few quotes on the subject for you. Obviously, I never stop at one or two when there are so many to choose from! (I procrastinated everything and anything yesterday by spending nearly two hours on Pinterest finding lyrics and quotes that have absolutely no part in anything I’m doing right now…except that I love music.)

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I’m not so lazy as I am fearful…if I don’t do it correctly, if I fall, If I fail..my over thinking skills are amazing.

I did, however, take the time to only choose my top 8 motivational quotes to help you overcome procrastination…because I care.

 

Villainy is Afoot

Writer’s Quote Wednesday is a fabulously fun and (sometimes) frantic bit that Colleen over at Silver Threadings has been fronting for a long time now. To see the post put up in her honor today (Ronovan, no one was fooled dear. Sorry.) check out this Mark Twain quote post, which is a fabulous little bit about character.

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That, ladies and gentlemen, is also what I want to talk about today. However, instead of discussing the type of character one shows through ones words, or the type of character a character seems to be through their language, I want to talk about the flip side of any good character…the villain. (bum, bum, BAAA).

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Hook, in Once Upon a Time anyway, works through his story and slowly becomes a hero.

I know I may have mentioned this once, or twice, before but I am often more drawn to the villain of a story. I can identify more with them, I can understand their convoluted reasoning, wants, and deepest (if not darkest) desires. There is a part buried deep within us that has those moments, those gut wrenching, knee-jerking, heart twisting villainous thoughts…and most of us choose not to go with those thoughts. However, those of us who are writers can use them to infuse our antagonists with real zeal and lifelike qualities…like an action figure of Darth Vader or Thanos.

Remember that the villain does not usually start out evil and bent on revenge...there is something that pushes them to it. Whether it be slight, imagined, or a huge cosmic twist, something happened and villains cry for help too.

Remember that the villain does not usually start out evil and bent on revenge…there is something that pushes them to it. Whether it be slight, imagined, or a huge cosmic twist, something happened and villains cry for help too.

The idea of hero and villain is very fluid and that is something I adore. Hook did save Peter a few times, after all, and the Beast becomes a prince with Belle’s love. Because they are seen. Because people try…seeing them as evil alone leaves them that way.

Loki may have a villainous agenda, but he honestly sees himself as working toward the good of his people, of his family, and of himself.

Loki may have a villainous agenda, but he honestly sees himself as working toward the good of his people, of his family, and of himself.

Villains are even more difficult to make believable than heroes. Heroes can have that ‘too good to be true’ quality about them and still be beloved (*ahem* Captain America *ahem*). Villains won’t be believable like that.

While I never believed that Draco was completely ruthless, the point here is that villains with no soft spots are unbelievable. They fall flat, no matter how horrid they are .

While I never believed that Draco was completely ruthless, the point here is that villains with no soft spots are unbelievable. They fall flat, no matter how horrid they are .

Oh, but we do!

Oh, but we do!

Alan Rickman, the amazing man who brought total life to Severus Snape, is a grand example. As he says, you are not supposed to like Snape. However, the baggage he slowly unpacks has us all feeling for someone we thought was the bad guy. And maybe he is in some places, but really he is just trying to do what he can to save the world his love tried to protect. The romance in the villainy has people the world over seeing the word “Always” in a new and different light.

If you want to see how your villain(s) stack up, check out the Better Novel Project’s post about it here and the One Year Adventure Novel’s post on writing good villains here.

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Every villain has motive, these 39 give us a great place to leap from when discovering the catalyst for our characters.

So what do amazingly well done, interesting, sometimes even beloved villains look like? Well, let me show you a few:

The Joker is a multi-dimensional, insane, murderous villain...who loves and who, in some twisted way, sees Batman as his best friend as well as biggest foe.

The Joker is a multi-dimensional, insane, murderous villain…who loves and who, in some twisted way, sees Batman as his best friend as well as biggest foe.

Dr. Harleen Frances Quinze, Harley Quinn, a psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum who helped the Joker escape and had her license revoked when it was discovered. She escaped her cell during an earthquake  and became the fun loving Harley Quinn. Joker's sidekick and love. Their love caused a lot of horrific things...like Harley being sent off in a rocket! Complex emotions are difficult for us all...

Dr. Harleen Frances Quinze, Harley Quinn, a psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum who helped the Joker escape and had her license revoked when it was discovered. She escaped her cell during an earthquake and became the fun loving Harley Quinn. Joker’s sidekick and love. Their love caused a lot of horrific things…like Harley being sent off in a rocket! Complex emotions are difficult for us all…

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Not only is this a great question for anyone pushing to obtain their dreams…it is the basic principle for villains. Pick out the nemesis and find a way to get around them.

Do you have a favorite quote about villains? Who is YOUR favorite villain? Do you adore a villain or two that other people can’t understand? I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic!

Have perfectly multi-faceted day everyone! Happy quoting.

Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Fairy Tales

Despite Silver Threading’s insistence that she would be gone this week and, as such, we would not have an official Writer’s Quote Wednesday for November 4th, here we are! Ronovan, the sneaky snook, has managed to take over the asylum for now. So check out the official Writer’s Quote Wednesday kick off post and Ronovan’s great quote here.

Welcome, welcome all my friends to the weekly quotes that never end…Although they are paused for several days at a time, sorry, the more I write the more I rhyme.

So this week I want to talk to about fairy tales. Not the typical Happily Ever After thing that most people talk about now. That’s the end, the ‘ride off into the sunset’ moment that only comes after all the other ups and downs. I want to look at the rest of it. Fairy Tales are told for the happy ending, after all.

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There is good, and there is evil, everywhere you turn. They are in the world around you, in the people around you, and in the person within you. We are always halfway in the world of fairy tales, the happy endings, the singing mice…but the flip side of these ‘updated’ happy sappy fairy tales, is the origin tale. The dark, often malevolent abyss of life lessons and villains who get a lot more torture in. Keep moving on anyway.

Life mirrors the art we make and fairy tales are no different. Though they move more quickly, and have more obvious foes in them, the lessons are the same. Keep dreaming, keep working, and never give up your hope. One day you'll be a knight or you'll be a queen...and the dragons won't matter anymore.

Life mirrors the art we make and fairy tales are no different. Though they move more quickly, and have more obvious foes in them, the lessons are the same. Keep dreaming, keep working, and never give up your hope. One day you’ll be a knight or you’ll be a queen…and the dragons won’t matter anymore.

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Oh how I love this quote! This makes even more sense if you read the original stories. The Cinderella with her sisters cutting pieces of their feet off to fit the slipper (they die of Exsanguination!) and the Snow White that allows her step-mother to be tortured for her crimes. There are no perfect fairy tales where someone doesn’t get hurt in the end. The pain and tribulation pushes the story to it’s happy conclusion…if it was all rainbows and magic wands we’d never get out of chapter one.

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Beast and Beauty, Bully and sweetness…opposite forces propel every story to it’s ending. If everyone were the same life, and fairy tales, would be boring and difficult.

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“Every villain is the hero of his own story.”
Did you ever wonder about villains? Why do they want to do these things…maybe they think they’re in the right. Maybe, just maybe, Peter did something to Hook that we don’t know about. Maybe, just maybe, the true story of the evil queen is more complicated…(Once Upon a Time on ABC does a great job exploring this idea!)

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Throughout the entire fairy tale, whichever one it is, we find hidden meanings laced into the world of the story. Beauty is just skin deep, unless it’s not. Sometimes a prince has no manners and a beast is more princely. Sometimes, in order to feel lovable you must first find love. The list goes on and on, like the gingerbread and peppermint lane you must not eat. Finally, the end. The finale, the happily ever after…

This is where we are, my friends...knowledge is power, the most powerful thing. Beauty loves Beast and that knowledge turns him back into a man. Charming finds Cinderella and it is his knowing, and loving her, despite her servant status that turns her into the princess again.

This is where we are, my friends…knowledge is power, the most powerful thing. Beauty loves Beast and that knowledge turns him back into a man. Charming finds Cinderella and it is his knowing, and loving her, despite her servant status that turns her into the princess again.

So remember, as you go about your week, that knowing is half the battle. Believing is the other half. When you put knowledge and belief together, you get one heck of a plot line.

Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Magic

For more information on Writer’s Quote Wednesdays hop on over to Silver Threading’s

This week, after a few weeks of being mostly away from my blog, I want to focus on something that seems very appropriate for the end of October: Magic. Not just the magic and mystery of Halloween, and everything that comes with it, but the beautiful magic that swirls through and around us each day. The magic of words, stories…books. Won’t you join me?

One of the best smells in the world, in my opinion, is exactly this. That mystery and magic of a bound book. The breeze wafting their scents at you as you desperately search for your next fix.

I use those connections in my writing…do you?

Finally, when I am writing the magic of words flowing through me makes me feel deliciously lost and a little mad. When I saw this image, it reminded me of that feeling.

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Bonus Quotes – From This Author.

I was talking to an old friend this morning and teased them about ‘having no words’ to respond with. The answer “Oh I have words, I have plenty of words…they’re just not useful,” made me start to think…and then made me get a little poetic on my poor friend as began to expound on my opinion that words are never plain useless. The only response afterward became “So says the writer…” which, if you think about it, is kind of awesome.

However, since today is Writer’s Quote Wednesday I thought that I would throw my own ‘quote’ into the mix. Maybe someday this will grace memes and Pinterest boards across the world. Or, at least, across my computer.

Words Need Not Be Useful:

Not everything that I write is useful.

In fact, it is very often that I write merely because I enjoy the swirl of words in my body, tripping over my tongue, running down my fingers, and dripping either prettily or messily onto the page.

It Is Soul Stained Ink on Paper Dreams. 

It is anything I want it to be. And anything you want it to be, anything the reader needs it to be. And very often incredibly useless to anyone else.

Elizabeth S. Tyree 

Writer’s Quote Wednesday ~ Inspirationally

If you would like to participate in these wonderfully inspiring Wednesday posts, please go right ahead! Check out Silver Threading  HERE for the inspiration post every week (and all of the rules etc.) then post your own! Remember to title it “Writer’s Quote Wednesday” so we can find you!

Over that past few weeks I have shared with you some of my favorite quotes over creativity, consistency, confidence, and just writing in general. This week I want to look at something that Silver Threading is also touching on this week (I’m following the prompt…AHA!) and that is Inspiration.

There are so many things that can inspire us on a daily basis that it took me a while to be able to decide that I could even tackle this topic. The world of inspiration is so versatile, personal, and vast that each one of us could have some hidden inspiration point no one is even aware of. In fact, I HOPE we do!

That being said, here are a few things that inspire me EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

Alice in Wonderland is one of my all time favorite books. The absurdity melds with creativity, imagination, and just plain ol’ life to create a beautiful and relevant piece of art to be drunk by our minds , hearts, and imaginations. I always come away feeling inspired whether I’ve read the book(s), read an adaptation, or watched one of the many adaptations (movies, serial productions, the old Disney through the looking glass show, it doesn’t matter!).

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I love using word play and this character is always mixing things up for me. The movies are great, the characters are snappy, and Jack Sparrow is a wonderful play on hero/anti-hero/comic ideas!

Whimsy, Fantasy, and Tea…sign me up!

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This always makes me feel like I need to push myself so I’m not one of those people who wind up needing limits! How sad would it be to cage yourself in like that? Push the limits and break through them!.

This always reminds me to keep dreaming, keep writing, keep noting down my inspirations. Because, really, what else am I going to do with my time?

This always reminds me to keep dreaming, keep writing, keep noting down my inspirations. Because, really, what else am I going to do with my time?

Finally, I want to leave you with some words from the ever Inspirational Zooey Deschanel who is ever adorkable and inspires people of both genders to stay open, honest, and nerdy. Zoey D.

I hope that this post has helped your “Hump” day be inspired! Have a wonderful rest of the week everyone!