Quotes of the Week, November 9th 2015

Maya Angelou 1928-2014

Author, Poet, and American Rights Activist

‘Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it.’

‘There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.’

‘The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.’

‘You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.’

Happy Monday, Folks.

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Quotes of the Week, November 2nd 2015

I have chosen creativity to be my theme this week. I think it is important for every author, singer, artist, musician, dancer… to read these quotes and take them on board. In my opinion, creativity and bravery go hand in hand.

‘An essential part of creativity is not being afraid to fail.’ ~ Edwin Land

‘And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.’ ~ Sylvia Plath

‘Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.’ ~ Scott Adams

Happy Monday to all the creative souls out there!

Quotes of the Week, October 26th 2015

Family is what you make it. I’m incredibly lucky to have a big, close family and I include important friends in that category. With my wedding coming up in eight weeks, my family have given me fantastic support and help in preparation for the big day. It’s times like these when you realise just how lucky you are to have amazing people in your life.

‘Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.’ ~ Jane Howard

‘Our most basic instinct is not for survival but for family. Most of us would give our own life for the survival of a family member, yet we lead our daily life too often as if we take our family for granted.’ ~ Paul Pearshall

Quotes of the Week, October 19th 2015

This week I’m indulging in a spot of shameless self promotion. I am quoting lines from my novel, EVO Nation. These quotes have been picked by readers as their favourites.

“Why do you think we feel pain? It’s so we appreciate what amazing feels like.” ~ Adam Lovick, EVO Nation

‘There are no words to describe the way he is kissing me. I don’t want to define it anyhow. If it’s indefinable, then so can it be infinite. ‘ ~ Teddie Leason, EVO Nation.

‘The words come out of my mouth like a delicate smoke. After all, they did start from a fire in my soul.’ ~ Teddie Leason, EVO Nation.


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Quotes of the Week, October 12th 2015

Happy Monday to you all.

I’m feeling motivated to crack on and blow a hole in my word count target this week, and I wanted to share my motivation with the world. Today’s quotes are motivational and inspirational and I hope they put you in the right frame of mind to kick Monday’s ass.

‘Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.’ ~ Arthur Ashe

‘Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible.’ ~ Audrey Hepburn

Quotes of the Week, October 5th 2015

As a teen, I read Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, and needless to say, I was in awe. I loved Jo’s fierce intellect, Beth’s kind nature, and Amy’s vanity and immaturity. I learn’t some important lessons from reading this book as a teen.

The following quotes speak for themselves:

“I like good strong words that mean something.” ~ Jo March, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

“Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well.  Then youth will be delightful, old age will bring few regrets, and life become a beautiful success, in spite of poverty.” ~ Marmie, Little Women by Louise May Alcott.

Quotes of the Week, September 28th 2015

I’m doing this week’s quotes of the week a little differently today. Usually, I choose a theme or topic and choose two quotes that inspire or motivate me in relation to that theme or topic. Today, however, I am choosing two quotes from the author John Green. Both quotes comes from his ‘The Fault in our Stars’ novel, and I am in love with them.

‘I fell in the love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.’  ~ Hazel Grace, The Fault in our Stars by John Green.

In my humble opinion, this is the perfect surmise of falling in love. I wanted so badly to be able to capture love in a sentence just like Green, and I have had this quote written in my inspiration notebook for a long, long time.

‘You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world…but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.’ ~ Augustus Waters, The Fault in our Stars by John Green.

A true quote if ever there was one. Love is about jumping in head first. It’s about placing your trust and heart into someone else’s hand, hoping they treat it kindly.

Quotes of the Week, September 21st 2015

As a writer, I know as well as anyone about the torturous, creativity crusher that is self-doubt. We all go through highs and lows during the writing process, but it’s how we push through the lows and continue on our writing journey that determine us as writers.

‘Be bold, make mistakes, learn a lesson, and fix what doesn’t work.’ ~ Seth Godin

‘The first draft of anything is shit.’ ~ Ernest Hemingway

The reason why I like these quotes? It’s because they’re both stating that it’s okay to make mistakes in the first instance. The first draft is getting our story down, and being creative in the art of storytelling. Allowing myself to make mistakes was a game changer for me when writing my debut novel, EVO Nation. I still suffer from self-doubt from time to time, but I remind myself that mistakes are easily corrected, and I give myself a kick up the ass to finish that first draft.

Quotes of the Week, September 14th 2015

‘Is fat really the worst thing a human being can be? Is fat worse than vindictive, jealous, shallow, vain, boring or cruel? Not to me.’ ~ JK Rowling

This week’s quotes relate to positive body image, self-confidence, and the beauty that comes from both. I totally agree with JK Rowling’s quote. I think generosity and kindness are truly the most beautiful qualities a person can have.

“If someone even tries to whisper the word diet, I’m like, ‘you can go f**k yourself.’ ~ Jennifer Lawrence

Good on you, girl!  Never allow another person to influence the way you feel about yourself. You can lose weight, tan, wax, dye your hair, but do it for you, not because you think that is what is expected of you.

Quotes of the Week, September 7th 2015

The Syrian civil war is the worst refugee/ displacement crisis since the second world war. My faith in humanity and in the EU is being tested, especially after seeing the body of a two year old Syrian child, Aylan Kurdi, washed up on a Turkish beach.

The term migrants is being thrown around by governments, but these people are NOT migrants, they are refugees. Try to imagine the horror that these desperate families have faced in Syria, that their only hope at a safe life is to try and cross the ocean in a dinghy, and risk losing a child in such a way.

Today’s quotes are a reminder of the importance of compassion and love regardless of race, religion, age, sex.

‘Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.’ ~ Dalai Lama.

‘To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.’ ~Nelson Mandela.

‘Love, hope, fear, faith- these make humanity; These are its sign and note and character.’ ~ Robert Browning.