Quotes to Get You Writing


We have lives outside of our laptop or pen and paper. It’s understandable. Jobs, school, friends, family. Writing isn’t necessarily the center of our lives.

But  I’ve noticed that my writing has been dwindling until recently – that’s only because I’m on break. It seems that school eats away at me and I have no time to write at all.

Writing is important. It’s used everywhere, in school, out of school. But it’s especially important for aspiring writers, who love to write and really want to do it for a living.

One of the biggest things writers can do for themselves to improve their writing is practicing. Whether it be with writing a story, or just scribbling down random notes, practicing writing will ultimately make you a better writer.

Continue reading “Quotes to Get You Writing”

What Storybird Means to Me – #4


I’m truly sorry that I’m late, so I decided to post this on a Wednesday instead on Monday this time. Anyway, here you go! Remember to keep sharing your views here. Thanks for the entries!

 

Hamida11: Storybird is like pizza. Take one bite and you love everything about it. xD

gabriellai: Storybird is a place where I can let my imaginations run wild, and share my creativity with others; where I can unleash my inner beauty. My creative, writing, self. Where I can show my real potential.
And I’ll always remember it.

Magnifique: Storybird, to me, is a platform where I can reveal the real me, where I can share my thoughts, where I can discover my potential, where I can unleash my imagination, where I can read some masterpieces by other authors and where I can get advice and new friends along the way! I love SB – it has become a part of me, and even though I am relatively new, I love it to bits and pieces.

SamiLovesYou: Let me tell you, before I discovered SB, I was a lonely grade 4 girl who got teased at for loving literature. My life was depressing. I would always read books to calm me down. My closest friends has made fun of me so hard that I fell into a mini phase of depression.
Somehow, my teacher showed me SB and my life changed.
I met awesome friends and people I consider as my family who’s supported me throughout my journey. They would miss me when I was gone and be glad when I was back. They were like, I met them IRL.
So yes, this is me. A going to be grade 6 girl who is more confident than ever, all because of storybird 🙂

How to Overcome Writer’s Block: An essay from internet tidbits


Writer’s block is a condition, primarily associated with writing, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work. The condition ranges in difficulty from coming up with original ideas to being unable to produce a work for years.

And I, my dear friends, am suffering from this illness. The Block stands in my way like a wall, and I want to write, I have the plot, but I have no idea how to continue the story.

American poet William Stafford offers this advice to poets who suffer from Writer’s Block: “There is no such thing as writer’s block for writers whose standards are low enough.” This sounds terrible at first. “What? I’m supposed to write junk? I need a good grade! I’m better than that!” No, Stafford is not encouraging writers to produce garbage. He is suggesting, however, that it’s easy to take yourself too seriously, to think you’re going to write a poem or an essay that is going to be the greatest poem or essay ever written, that you’re going to formulate the greatest, loveliest, most intelligent statement ever made.

Below are some quotes on writer’s block by famous authors. I suggest you read through all of them and get up and write (I wish I could do that right now).

“What I try to do is write. I may write for two weeks ‘the cat sat on the mat, that is that, not a rat.’ And it might be just the most boring and awful stuff. But I try. When I’m writing, I write. And then it’s as if the muse is convinced that I’m serious and says, ‘Okay. Okay. I’ll come.’” — Maya Angelou

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” — Mark Twain

“The best way is always to stop when you are going good and when you know what will happen next. If you do that every day … you will never be stuck. Always stop while you are going good and don’t think about it or worry about it until you start to write the next day. That way your subconscious will work on it all the time. But if you think about it consciously or worry about it you will kill it and your brain will be tired before you start.” — Ernest Hemingway

“If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to ­music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don’t just stick there scowling at the problem. But don’t make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people’s words will pour in where your lost words should be. Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient.” — Hilary Mantel

“Writer’s block…a lot of howling nonsense would be avoided if, in every sentence containing the word WRITER, that word was taken out and the word PLUMBER substituted; and the result examined for the sense it makes. Do plumbers get plumber’s block? What would you think of a plumber who used that as an excuse not to do any work that day?

The fact is that writing is hard work, and sometimes you don’t want to do it, and you can’t think of what to write next, and you’re fed up with the whole damn business. Do you think plumbers don’t feel like that about their work from time to time? Of course there will be days when the stuff is not flowing freely. What you do then is MAKE IT UP. I like the reply of the composer Shostakovich to a student who complained that he couldn’t find a theme for his second movement. “Never mind the theme! Just write the movement!” he said.

Writer’s block is a condition that affects amateurs and people who aren’t serious about writing. So is the opposite, namely inspiration, which amateurs are also very fond of. Putting it another way: a professional writer is someone who writes just as well when they’re not inspired as when they are.” — Philip Pullman

My biggest excuse to others and myself was that I had writer’s block, as if it was some kind of illness.— Mary Garden

The scariest moment is always just before you start [writing]. After that, things can only get better. – Stephen King

 

10 types of writer’s blocks:

1. You can’t come up with an idea.

2. You have a ton of ideas but can’t commit to any of them, and they all peter out.

3. You have an outline but you can’t get through this one part of it.

4. You’re stuck in the middle and have no idea what happens next.

5. You have a terrible feeling your story took a wrong turn a hundred pages back, and you only just hit a dead end.

6. You’re bored with all these characters, they won’t do anything.

7. You keep imagining all the reasons people are going to say your story sucks, and it paralyzes you.

8. You can’t think of the right words for what you’re trying to convey in this one paragraph.

9. You had this incredibly cool story in your head, and now you’re turning it into words on a screen and it’s suddenly dumb.

10. You’re revising your work, and you can’t see your way past all those blocks of text you already wrote.

To see exactly how to overcome each kind of the writer’s block mentioned above, I highly suggest you read this

For quick writer’s block-curing ideas, I recommend this website called 911 Writer’s Block. It’s great!

I also loove Chaotic Shiny, which has countless fun and helpful generators that really help out, whether you have Writer’s Block or not.

 

 Sources:

Wikipedia the Great

Flavorwire

This Website Whose Name I Do Not Know

io9 (wrong post but I’m too lazy.)

What Does Storybird Mean to You? -#3


Here are this week’s absolutely awesome “What Storybird Means to Me”s! Thanks to everyone who submitted their thoughts. Seven quotes per post, from now on. Stay tuned for more next Monday!

🙂

leahatlc: Storybird is opportunities and it is creativity. Storybird is chances to improve and to socialize. It is a chance to be encouraged. No one is mean to you and there is a lot of artwork to use. There are a lot of good writers on Storybird. Storybird is cool and awesome!

figment68: Storybird is a safe, kind, unique, family friendly place to share our stories and poems using art from very talented artists. A place where people of all ages from all around the world can read, write, chat and become part of a large virtual family that never discriminates. Storybird has become my second home. I have come to know and care about so many people that I may never meet in person. Storybird means the world to me.

TheConfidentBallerina: Storybird is my life.

I used to be a close-minded writer, only writing one kind of way. Then, I discovered there is so much out there! I started writing poetry on SB, and I fell in love with the way I could put all my feelings into it.

Besides writing, I have gotten so much support here from my friends.

That’s right, FRIENDS! It may seem weird, but I’ve gotten to know many lovely people, and I know they’ll help me if I need it.

Storybird has taught me so much, I just can’t fit into words good enough.

WriteOn03: Storybird is a place where nobody judges me. Storybird means so much to me, in fact, I hope I never leave it. Yeah, other websites are fun, but later they backfire on me. Storybird has never done that, it also lets me do the thing I love. I love how it is so safe, how there are many amazing artists, and people of all ages, all wonderful! Good luck with your blog!

56heptathlon22: To me storybird is addictive, I go on every afternoon after school and hope to keep it that way for as long as I can. I’ve only been on for a few months(except for like, two or three years ago) but already on my student account(this one) I’ve done 47! On @Ludo_McBaggins I’ve done 13(only three passed moderation so far) + five poems(the maximum). To me, storybird IS potatoes.

doodlebugatlc: I love Story Bird,because it is a website where you can express your feelings by writing books. You can read other books to see what is in the inside of that person who wrote it because they express their feelings. But the most thing I love about Story Bird is that when you publish a book it’s like you are a famous author!