10 Quotes On Writing From Writers

10 Quotes On Writing From Writers

Here's a little push in the right direction.
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If you're like me, you know that you love to write, but that it's not always easy to find inspiration or motivation. I'm a huge fan of looking at what other author's have said about writing - we're all in the same boat together, aren't we? So here are a few words and tips that some writers have for other writers.

1. "Find what works for you, and exploit it." - Mark Twain

American author and humorist Mark Twain has quite a bit to say about writing, but this is a favorite of mine. Essentially, find what you love to do and do it - exploit your talents, seriously.

2. "Inspiration is everywhere. Carry a notebook." - Victor Hugo

There are a million and one things that Victor Hugo has said that take my breath away, and it's nearly impossible to choose just one quote that I love. This one, however, speaks to me. When I took the advice and started carrying a notebook, I filled one within a few weeks. Inspiration really is everywhere.

3. "Poets are always taking the weather so personally." - J.D Salinger

Let's be honest, we take everything more personally than most.

4. "Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open." - Natalie Goldberg

You can't be inspiring without first admitting your own fear.

5. "You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should've behaved better." - Anne Lamott

This quote from Anne Lamott is one of my favorites. I take it both as a word of caution and a word of advice - don't hold back.

6. "The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say." - Anais Nin

Intriguing writers aren't few and far between, but Anais Nin is unlike anyone you will ever read. Everything she says is incredibly and uniquely poetic - just like her advice.

7. "No black woman writer in this culture can write "too much". Indeed, no woman writer can write "too much"... No woman has ever written enough." - Bell Hooks

Preach.

8. "Nothing haunts us like the things we don't say." - Mitch Albom

If you don't know Mitch Albom, go pick up a copy of Tuesday's With Morrie. Now. Seriously.

9. "Make it dark; make it grim; make it tough, but then, for the love of god, tell a joke." - Joss Whedon

Because really, what is life - or literature - without a little humor?

10. "Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration. The rest of us get up and go to work." - Stephen King

If you needed a little push, there. That was it.

Bonus:

One more word of advice from Stephen King:

"By the time I was fourteen the nail in my wall would no longer support the weight of the rejection slips impaled upon it. I replaced the nail with a spike and went on writing."

Keep on writing.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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21 Reasons Winston Bishop Is The Most Underrated Character In 'New Girl'

Move out of the way Nick Miller, it's Winston Bishop's time to shine.

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"New Girl" wouldn't be the same without Winston. He's unpredictable, sassy, and a little too obsessed with his cat, but we wouldn't have him any other way.

Every other character is great, but I don't think people give Winston the credit that he deserves! So, here's to you, Winston Bishop!

1. His pranks range from tickling someone's foot with a feather to crashing a wedding but either way, no one can compare to Prank Sinatra. 

2. His relationship with Furguson is the best romance on the show, even if it gets a little creepy at times

3. He isn't afraid to show his sassy side

4. He's a child at heart.

5. He takes his hobbies very seriously.

6. He stands up for his friends, no matter how ridiculous it might be 

7. He tells you exactly what he thinks.

8. He asks the important questions.

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10. Winston discovering he's color blind three seasons in made us love him even more.

11. He says things everyone can relate to.

12. He gives himself the best nicknames.

13. He can make us laugh without saying a single word.

14. He's sentimental and isn't afraid to show his true emotions.

15. He's unpredictable, you never know what Winston is going to do

16. He is the most supportive friend of the group.

17. Winston always puts 100% into what he does. 

He might get a little too invested at times, but it's all part of his charm.

18. He makes friends with everyone.

19. He's confident in himself.

20. Winston always has a positive outlook on the situation, no matter how bad it might be

21. He's a true romantic. 

The only couple better than Winston and Ferguson is Winston and Ally, even though he took so long to propose we were beginning to think it would never happen.

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