Literary Birthday - 10 May
Happy Birthday, Barbara Taylor Bradford, born 10 May 1933
10 Quotes On Writing
- First and foremost, you need to be serious about your desire to become a published author. It takes an extraordinary amount of time, effort and dedication to hone your skills and produce a work worthy of publication. But like anything else, if you possess the talent and the determination, you will likely succeed.
- You sit in a room and work hard. Somebody once said to me, and I have never forgotten it, that you can’t be a social butterfly and a bestselling novelist. That is right.
- I find plot ideas just by keeping my eyes open. One day, I saw this blonde-haired, blue-eyed woman walking somewhere, and I started thinking about what her story was and what her problems were.
- I think women like to read about other women who succeed.
- You must use your imagination. You can go to school to learn grammar and write prose, but no one can teach you creativity.
- I usually take a year, sometimes longer, to write a novel. When I am actually writing the book I work seven days a week. Fortunately, I am an early riser, and I get up around 5a.m. I am usually at my desk by 5:30. I take a short break at noon for a snack, and then continue working until 4p.m.
- Of course when I am in my office at home I am not always writing. Sometimes I am editing, doing research, re-writing, or thinking. The latter takes most of my time.
- You need to give your characters baggage and a past. Create an outline before you write and when you have a few chapters done, ask all your friends and family members if they have any friends in book publishing. The second step to publishing a novel is finding an agent, which can be difficult, but put your feelers out there. Mention that you’re writing a book to every person you meet. Someone is bound to have a contact who can help you. But the main thing, if you want to be a writer, is to just sit down and start writing.
- I know people say I write about women who are rich, but that is not really true. I write about women who become successful.
- ‘When people say: “I want to write a novel and be rich and famous like you”, I say: “Well, you’re not going to be.” I say it to shock them. That is the wrong motivation. You should want to do the work so much that nothing else matters.
Barbara Taylor Bradford is a best-selling English novelist. Her debut novel, A Woman of Substance, was published in 1979 and has sold over 30 million copies worldwide. It is one of the top-ten bestselling novels of all time. She has written 27 novels.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write
I walk into a room, and for this industry, I’m impossibly tall. When they find it hard to pair you up with the opposite sex, then what’s left for a woman? Either you’re the ball-buster or the not-so-attractive girlfriend standing by the lead. I mean, traditionally not so attractive. Because you have your starlets and then you have their best friends who are these character actresses. When you fall within the cracks, you thank God for sci-fi, because they’ll give you a gun, and they’ll say, ‘Go over there and conquer that world. You kick some ass, girl!’
Gina Torres for ANY AND EVERY FUCKING ROLE SHE WANTS
Zodiac Expressions of Sadness: Scorpio (reworded)
ancient egyptian gods
Have you noticed the Mosquitos are already out! Here is a homemade trap to help keep you and the kiddos from being a blood donor!!!
HOMEMADE MOSQUITO TRAP:
1 cup of water
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1 gram of yeast
1 2-liter bottle
1. Cut the plastic bottle in half.
2. Mix brown sugar with hot water. Let cool. When cold, pour in the bottom half of the bottle.
3. Add the yeast. No need to mix. It creates carbon dioxide, which attracts mosquitoes.
4. Place the funnel part, upside down, into the other half of the bottle, taping them together if desired.
5. Wrap the bottle with something black, leaving the top uncovered, and place it outside in an area away from your normal gathering area. (Mosquitoes are also drawn to the color black.)
REBLOGGING BECAUSE IMPORTANT
Beginner writers tend to write essays when they first start writing novels. Successful writers soon realise that a novel is not an essay. It is a story made up of scenes. But how do you know if you’ve written a great scene?
Making the choice to live as a witch and embrace our witchy needs opens a lot of doors. Here, the old adage ‘like attracts like’ holds a lot of truth. As witches, we put out a lot of supernatural energy. For that reason, we also attract it.
Things That Go Bump In the Night
The most common (but not the only) form supernatural energy a witch will attract is a ghost. (I’m only referring to them as energy because of the argument that [scientifically] energy doesn’t go away, it changes form; hence [not-scientifically proven] life force becomes a ghost after leaving the body]).
Many hauntings are tied to a property. My garden, for example, is also the place where a clairvoyant’s house once stood—though the house, itself burned down years ago. (We’ve dug up a few of her newspaper ads. She performed seances and rituals in the same area I perform my spells.) Our actual home belonged first to a widow who died of old age in the house, and then to a family of three. (According to newspaper articles, the wife died at 37; and the little girl vanished about a year later.) So, some of the spirit activity in our home is tied to the actual ‘Hearth and Halls’, while some of it is traffic attracted by the years of magical/spirit work that have taken place here.