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When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people
to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another…
America might have its issues, but there’s little doubt that the guys who founded this place were kick-ass writers. The Declaration of Independence was no “Dear George” letter to the King, it was an unapologetic, reasoned, idealistic hand grenade that, for better or worse, signalled everything the United States would become.
On Friday, June 29, at 8:30 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, I will be hosting my latest FREE webinar, “Fireworks At the Jugular: What the Declaration of Independence Can Teach Us About Great Writing.” Register by clicking here. It’s free and will be about a half-hour.
I’m very excited: Novelist Melissa Foster (she’s @Melissa_Foster on Twitter) will guest-blog at http://www.write-hook.com on Sep 26: Her topic will be “Balancing Social Media and Family” bit.ly/m8J1Wz
Stay tuned for updates.
Freshly launched: A new blog dedicated to my upcoming book! Be the first to get a sneak peak at http://bit.ly/nzUSvP
I’m sure you’ve seen this, and for the record, I never re-post other peoples’ stuff. But when someone else does it this well, the rest of us are only going to look like cheap knockoffs if we say anything at all.
This video, “The Trailer for Every Oscar-Winning Movie Ever,” is the perfect satire and the perfect lesson in avoiding cliche. Laugh and learn — and respect the power of observation at work. This is a genuinely brilliant short film that I really wish I had come up with.
So here are a few random quotes about writing, imagination, and other things that writers hold dear. I hope they help take the edge off a bad day, if you’re having one.
Imagination is the eye of the soul. Joseph Joubert
It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. Theodore Roosevelt
No man should ever publish a book until he has first read it to a woman. Van Wyck Brooks
Life can’t ever really defeat a writer who is in love with writing, for life itself is a writer’s lover until death — fascinating, cruel, lavish, warm, cold, treacherous, constant. Edna Ferber
Loafing is the most productive part of a writer’s life. James Norman Hall
All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers. Orison Swett Marden
I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Dr. Seuss
Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young. W. Somerset Maugham
A joy shared is a joy doubled. Anonymous
It’s easier to go down a hill than up it but the view’s much better from the top. Arnold Bennett