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WRITER’S ON THE WRITING JOURNEY

SHARING SOME THOUGHTS ON THE ‘WORLD OF WRITERS’:

by craig lock

I write because I simply HAVE to”

“Writers help readers to see the world differently.”

“I write because something inside myself, inner and unconscious forces me to.” That is the first compulsion. The second is one of ethical and moral duty.”

“I write about and believe in the resilience of humanity- I truly believe in the triumph of the human spirit.”

– craig

 

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WRITERS ON THE WRITING JOURNEY

INTRODUCTION

These are some of my notes about “the writing journey”, that I have jotted down over the years; so sharing these thoughts, which may be included in a new “work”, “a labour of art and love”…

 

WRITERS ON WRITING

No author dislikes to be edited as much as he dislikes not to be published.”

– Russell Lynes

“The maker of a sentence launches out into the infinite and builds a road into Chaos and old Night, and is followed by those who hear him with something of wild, creative delight.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Writers are not just people who sit down and write. They hazard themselves. Every time you compose a book your composition of yourself is at stake.”

– E.L. Doctrow

“The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.”

– Anais Nin

“Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.”

– Isaac Isimov

“If writers stopped writing about what happened to them, then there would be a lot of empty pages.”

– Elaine Liner

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”

– William Wordsworth

“Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.”

– Barbara Kingsolver

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”

–          W. Somerset Maugham

“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”

– Ernest Hemingway

 

“I am a drinker with a writing problem.”

– Brendan Behan

 

“Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.

 Jules Renard

« As things stand now, I am going to be a writer. I’m not sure that I’m going to be a good one or even a self-supporting one, but until the dark thumb of fate presses me to the dust and says, ‘you are nothing’, I will be a writer.”

– Hunter Thompson

 

“The best style is the style you don’t notice.”

– Somerset Maugham

 

“A good style should show no signs of effort. What is written should seem a happy accident.”

– W. Somerset Maugham

 

“The best way to learn about a subject is to write a book about it.”

 

“I do my thinking through my fingers…and clarify them by typing them on my computer”

– me

“Literature’s greatest blessing is that it endows the reader with the grace and courage to face life’s mysteries.”
– Kate De Goldi (New Zealand author)

“There are no great writers; there are only great re-writers.”

– Ian Fleming (author of James Bond…or was it James Michener who said it?)

“Love is the answer to everything. It’s the only reason to do anything. If you don’t write stories you love, you’ll never make it. If you don’t write stories that other people love, you’ll never make it.”

Ray Bradbury, American writer, died recently age 91

“For many writers, perhaps most creative people, writing is a form of therapy, in which they are trying to make sense of the world they live in.”

May keep me sane then!

You don’t have to be crazy to live here, but it certainly helps!”

“Writers try to make sense of their lives through their ‘work’. Writing gives meaning to their lives and often their best writing is done in times of personal crisis. In these times an ‘effort-less style’ arises from a sense of loss, where sadness is the well-spring of a writer’s creativity.”

Shared by “a not so sensitive arty-farty writer type”

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Sharing Some Thoughts on the ‘World of Writers’: Writers on the Writing Journey

September 13, 2012

Article Title: Sharing Some Thoughts on the ‘World of Writers’: Writers on the Writing Journey
Shared by: Craig Lock
Key words (tags):  writing, writing thoughts, writers on writing, writing tips, creative writing, the writing journey

Web sites: http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html andhttp://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4

Other Articles are available at: http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/user/15565 andhttp://www.ideamarketers.com/library/profile.cfm?writerid=981
(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig!)

Publishing Guidelines:

This article (as with all my articles) may be freely published, electronically or in print. If they make a difference in people’s lives by encouraging or bringing some joy to others, then I’m very happy.

“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”

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SHARING SOME THOUGHTS ON THE ‘WORLD OF WRITERS’:
WRITERS ON THE WRITING JOURNEY

INTRODUCTION

These are some of my notes about “the writing journey”, that I have jotted down over the years; so sharing these thoughts, which may be included in a new “work”, “a labour of art and love”…

“I am a drinker with a writing problem.”

– Brendan Behan

“Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.

 Jules Renard

« As things stand now, I am going to be a writer. I’m not sure that I’m going to be a good one or even a self-supporting one, but until the dark thumb of fate presses me to the dust and says, ‘you are nothing’, I will be a writer.”

– Hunter Thompson

“The best style is the style you don’t notice.” – Somerset Maugham

“A good style should show no signs of effort. What is written should seem a happy accident.”

– W. Somerset Maugham

“The best way to learn about a subject is to write a book about it.”

“I do my thinking through my fingers…and clarify them by typing them on my computer”

– me

“Literature’s greatest blessing is that it endows the reader with the grace and courage to face life’s mysteries.”
– Kate De Goldi (New Zealand author)

“There are no great writers; there are only great re-writers.”

– Ian Fleming (author of James Bond…or was it James Michener who said it?)

“Love is the answer to everything. It’s the only reason to do anything. If you don’t write stories you love, you’ll never make it. If you don’;t write stories that other people love, you’ll never make it.”

-Ray Bradbury, American writer, died recently age 91

“For many writers, perhaps most creative people, writing is a form of therapy, in which they are trying to make sense of the world they live in.”

May keep me sane then.

You don’t have to be crazy to live here, but it certainly helps!”

“Writers try to make sense of their lives through their ‘work’. Writing gives meaning to their lives and often their best writing is done in times of personal crisis. In these times an ‘effort-less style’ arises from a sense of loss, where sadness is the well-spring of a writer’s creativity.”

 

More THOUGHTS OF WRITERS ON THE WRITING JOURNEY

“I make art through using materials and words are my tools.”

“Art is at the highest reach of one s creative imagination.”

“Your only limits are your own imagination.”

Leonardo da Vinci once said: “Art is never finished, only abandoned.”

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”

– W. Somerset Maugham

“The best style is the style you don’t notice.”

– W. Somerset Maugham

“I write because I simply HAVE to.”

“Writers help readers to see the world differently.”

“I write because something inside myself, inner and unconscious forces me to.” That is the first compulsion. The second is one of ethical and moral duty.”

“I write about and believe in the immense resilience of humanity – I truly believe in the triumph of the human spirit.”

– craig

Monty Python on novel writing

For a bit of “wacky” humour click on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogPZ5CY9KoM

“And now as I move into the next part of this journey, I know that it will soon be time for me to take my hands off this book and…”

Writing “in the zone”

“Suddenly I realised that I was no longer driving the car consciously. I was kind of driving by instinct, only I was in a different dimension. I was way over the limit; but still I was able to find even more. It frightened me, because I realised I was well beyond my conscious understanding.”

– the late, great Ayrton Senna

Writers, like racing drivers, challenge themselves and their readers in new ways, They find new niches. I want to continually test my own writing “limits”, the “boundaries of my imagination.”

I love writing about ‘ordinary’ (what’s that?) people doing extra-ordinary things. I find these stories hugely empowering and inspirational on my own journey “on the path less travelled”. I hope they may be uplifting, empowering and perhaps even inspirational to you too. Enjoy…

“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They already somehow know what you truly want to become.”

“I want to write the way Gilles Villeneuve drove and power-slid his blood-red Formula One Ferrari with wild enthusiasm and a sense of abandonment, combined with the artists craft of a Stirling Moss, a Jim Clark, and especially that of the great Ayrton Senna, living on the razor-blade edge of life.”

All the world will be happier and better, when the men and women have the souls of artists, like that of an Ayrton Senna.”

– craig (as inspired by Rodin’s famous words)

for dearest mom and dad, your spirits lives on (forever)

thanks for all the support, encouragement and especially love

“When you’re writing there are times when you feel it’s a bit of a struggle. However, at other times you’re in what is called ‘the zone’ and writing just feels effortless. This happens when finding the right words is no longer a struggle; but this heightened state, as with most crafts usually comes with practise. Then words simply flow into your head faster than you can write them down (or can press the keyboard). But you have to really push your writing limits to get this kind of experience. “

Then later you look what you’ve written and think: “Bloody hell. That’s good. Did I really write that seemingly without much effort? Wonder where all that came from (a cerebral thing or “outer space”!”

– A “nony-moose” writer

To the sounds of click on   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogPZ5CY9KoM

“I really value words and the power of them to communicate effectively; so in my various stories try to illustrate and then let readers draw their own conclusions about a certain scenario, as well as the characters searching for their own values in an increasingly complex social and political landscape. However, I do feel an obligation to give a complete picture of the situation, which is often not a clear-cut ‘black or white’ issue (as in South Africa). I never want to proscribe how people should think and feel my only duty as a writer is to be totally honest.”

– me

“I write to give expression to a rather unusual set of life circumstances. So then, I’ll just have to write till I drop.”

“I hope, I trust that my various writings in the forms of words of encouragement and  inspiration, offer a window, shining a light into the human condition.”

Imagination is the highest kite I can fly.”
– actress Lauren Bacall

“I want to write books that might change people’s lives. perhaps change the way they think and feel, so hopefully changing the reader’s life for the better in some way.”

“I DO believe that writers have certain obligations to their readers: whether it is to instruct, or entertain, or somehow to extend a person’s perceptions of life.”

“One writes to teach, to move or to delight.”
– Rodolphus Agricola

“I recognise my responsibility as a writer to write about things I deeply believe in, themes like God, social justice, human rights for all, ‘the beloved country’ of South Africa, the great human potential…and so on. And even if I’m not doing that, simply to provide an alternative voice to some character.”

“My writing mission is through my words to inform, illuminate, entertain, uplift, delight, as well as hopefully even inspiring people. I aim to do this by sharing my knowledge and life experiences – through supporting, encouraging and empowering others to be the best person they can possibly be.”
“I truly want to let the light shine through my words to impact and help others…to inspire people throughout our (sometimes happy and sometimes dark and sad, yet always beautiful and magical) world.”

“The music is in me and I simply want to, just have to get it out.”

Even if if you are totally “unmusical” (like me), share your unique gifts with the world

Shared by Craig Lock (“Information and Inspiration Distributer, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder”)

“I make art through using materials…and words are my effective power-tools.”

– craig

“Writers challenge themselves and their readers in new ways, They continually try to find new niches…so I want to continually test my own writing “limits”, the “boundaries of my imagination.”

– me

“I’d rather attempt something great and fail, rather than attempting nothing and succeed.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“Some people see things as they are and say ‘why?’. I see the dreams that never were and say ‘why not?’”
– Bobby Kennedy

About the submitter::

Craig believes in (and loves) sharing information and insights to try to make a difference in this world: to help and especially encourage people along life’s magical journey … and that brings him the greatest joy.

The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock
http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

 

 ‘Write Rite and be Published’: All that I Know about Writing, How to Write Creatively’.

“A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.”
– Chinese proverb

“I want to write the way Gilles Villeneuve drove and power-slid his blood-red Formula One Ferrari with wild enthusiasm and a sense of abandonment, combined with the artists craft of a Stirling Moss, a Jim Clark, and especially that of the great Ayrton Senna, living on the razor-blade edge of life.”

“Together, one mind, one life at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, encourage, empower, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”

These thoughts may be freely published

PPS

“If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”

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