A Writer from the West Country

Some inspiration ........

If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.  ~Toni Morrison

The time to begin writing an article is when you have finished it to your satisfaction.  By that time you begin to clearly and logically perceive what it is you really want to say.  ~ Mark Twain

The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible. ~ Vladimir Nabakov

The best time for planning a book is while you're doing the dishes.  ~ Agatha Christie

When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing.  ~ Enrique Jardiel Poncela

A word is not the same with one writer as with another.  One tears it from his guts.  The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket.  ~ Charles Peguy

A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end... but not necessarily in that order.  ~ Jean Luc Godard

Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.  ~ E.L. Doctorow

I try to leave out the parts that people skip.  ~ Elmore Leonard

Keep a diary and one day it'll keep you.  ~ Mae West

Do not put statements in the negative form.
And don't start sentences with a conjunction.
If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a
great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.
De-accession euphemisms.
If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.
~ William Safire, "Great Rules of Writing"

and my own ......

I can write, I will write,  I am writing. ~ Bellinda Devonshire