Tag Archives: Writing

Success Over Failure

Success and failure could be seen as two ends of the same continuum.

 

“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”

~ Bill Cosby

 

Of course, you need to make certain that you know what your success is supposed to look like.

 

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Making Things Happen

We all start out with dreams of our adult lives.

 

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.”

~ Henry David Thoreau

 

We need to remember that advancing in the direction of our dreams looks very different at various stages of our lives, but we shouldn’t stop advancing.

 

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Think Just the Right Amount

This one can be a difficult balance.

 

“You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the water slide, overthinking it.  You have to go down the chute.”

~ Tina Fey

 

Practice helps us all to know the difference between thinking the right amount and overthinking.

 

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Experience, Our Life-long Teacher

We can hope that we get fairly balanced between benefit and cost as we proceed through life and gain experiences.

 

“If we could sell our experiences for what they cost us we’d be millionaires.”

~ Abigail van Buren

 

Perhaps as writers we get more benefit from our experiences, good or bad.

 

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Give Yourself Some Credit

You certainly don’t progress through life all by yourself, but neither should you ignore what you have done to help yourself.

 

“I’ve always been in the right place and time.  Of course, I steered myself there.”

~ Bob Hope

 

I don’t think I can claim truth to the first part of this quote for myself, and sometimes I redirected myself to the right place instead of steering but give this one some thought and get yourself in the driver’s seat.

 

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Time and Change and Writing

Time gives us space, which is very helpful for perspective to be effective in writing about something, but time alone won’t change most things.

 

“They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”

~ Andy Warhol

 

Time moves forward, bringing us along with it.  We decide how to use change to shape our lives the way that we want.

 

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Learning How and When to Revise

One of the benefits of experience as a writer is the ability to improve upon our revision skills.

 

“It’s never too late – in fiction or in life – to revise.”

~ Nancy Thayer

 

Small corrections or large ones might be tedious, but can create greater material.

 

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The Value of Creative Thinking

Logical, analytical thinking seems to be greatly prized these days, and rightly so, but this should not diminish the importance of creative minds.

 

“Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training.”

~ Anna Freud

 

Intuitive leaps can be made over all sorts of pitfalls, overcoming many shortcomings.

 

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Identifying Your Progress

We tend to think of progress as a steady upward line, and so we don’t always recognize our own progress.

 

“The human mind always makes progress, but it is a progress in spirals.”

~ Madame de Stael

 

Adjust your focus on your expectations for progress to measure it correctly.

 

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Seeing is Believing, and Then Some

When we are tired or distracted we can appear to be looking right at something, and yet not see it at all.

 

“See into life – don’t just look at it.”

~ Anne Baxter

 

Our writing will improve if we follow this admonition.  So will other aspects of our lives.

 

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