Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Still going strong....

Charles Dickens

"Only jolter-headed, conceited idiots suppose that volumes are to be tossed off like pancakes, and that any writing can be done without the utmost application, the greatest patience, and the steadiest energy of which the writer is capable."   Charles Dickens

A great quote, and one that many new and seasoned writers can take something from; and will, in the doing, attend to their writing with three vital ingredients:
1) Utmost application
Putting one's backside onto a chair in front of a table and writing - something, anything, every day.

2) The Greatest Patience
Allowing for mistakes, allowing for changes, and rewriting and rewriting, editing and re-editing.

3) The Steadiest Energy they are capable of.
No matter how confused and tattered one feels, to never to give up.

But the real secret is offered up, beautifully, by Dickens' acknowledgement that any writer must believe in what they are writing about. Completely.

"I have nothing else to tell; unless, indeed, I were to confess that no one can ever believe this narrative, in the reading, more than I have believed it in the writing." Charles Dickens

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