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Hiya Freshman Writers! Hope this finds you well and writing. This week’s quote is from The Lion King, which I had the pleasure of previewing last weekend. (Thanks again to Mommyslinks!).

As writers, I feel that we focus a lot on who we are (or are not) and sometimes forget that we’re not alone in this. In the movie, Simba has a spiritual encounter with his father who reminds Simba that in forgetting himself, he has also forgotten his father.

It is very important for all writers to remember the writers who came before us. In their works, they remind today’s writers that they are not alone. Every time you feel lost and alone as a writer, read the first book, essay or manuscript that inspired you to become a writer. When you remember them, you remember yourself and your writing dreams. Whether it’s Joyce Carol Oates, Sylvia Plath, or Stephen King. Someone inspired you Freshman Writers to pick up a pen (or turn on the computer) to share your stories and thoughts.

“In forgetting yourself, you have forgotten me. Remember who you are. Remember.”

~ Mufasa a.k.a. James Earl Jones (The Lion King)

Also, for more inspiration from the movie, check out The Lion King 3-D for two weeks only starting September 16, 2011.

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Hiya Freshman Writers! Hope this finds you well and writing. I’m sharing a quote today since it’s been awhile. And great words always get me going. Enjoy!

Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn.

-Miguel de Cervantes

 I love this quote because it puts responsibility of our actions directly on our shoulders. One of my challenges as a writer is wishing (aka begging) to be a successful writer. But, this quote hits me with reality and lets me know that I’m responsible to take the steps to be a successful writer. So, Freshman Writers – you’ve got the power to get published!

Happy Writing!

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Hiya Freshman Writers! Hope this finds you well and writing. This week finds me on vacation so I’m sharing a quote to inspire you to keep writing.

As I take a brief break from the rat race, I’m taking some time to relax and recharge my batteries. My writing bank will also be recharging.

In the meantime, check out this quote by Bill Stout. Be encouraged and keep the pen (or the fingers) moving!

“Whether or not you write well, write bravely” ~ Bill Stout

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Hiya Freshman Writers! Hope this finds you well and writing. Today’s quote is brought to you by Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) who wrote about natural living as well as essays, poetry and was an abolitionist among other things.

His quote stood out for me because as all writers do, we aspire to be write, be published and be appreciated as writers. Hopefully, his quote will inspire you Freshman Writers to strive for your goals, because that’s the only way to reach them.

In the long run men hit only what they aim at ~ Henry David Thoreau

Happy Writing!

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Happy Wednesday Freshman Writers! Hope this finds you well and writing. Today’s quote is on about parenting, but can be applied to writing, I think.

As parents, we try different things with the kids so that they can blossom and grow up into productive adults. The same can be said for writing. We can try different methods of writing, reading inspirational pieces to get us in a groove or take classes to improve our work. There’s no one right way to parent nor is there one right way to write. You just do it.

~ Nothing you do for your children is ever wasted ~ Garrison Keillor

Every idea you try can only benefit your work. You find out what works and what doesn’t. Then you move on incorporating what you have learned thus far.

Happy Writing!

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Hiya Freshman Writers! Hope this finds you well and writing. Today’s quote is about peace. After yesterday’s editorial about taking rest, I decided to follow it up with a quote on peace.

So much time is spent running around like a chicken without a head; trying to get things done, articles finished, etc. While that running around is going on, there is not much time to rest and find peace.

With that in mind I chose a quote by Emerson because only you have control over the things that you do. Whether it is writing for hours on end or writing after a  day job or even getting up early to write. Peace is something that we create for ourselves. No one else can give it to you.

“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I know that in order for my writing to happen, I have to find peace in my own life. A crazy job, full-time motherhood, and a part-time job make for a non-peaceful existence. So, I’m going off on a weekend retreat and I’m hoping to come back refreshed and filled with peace.

So, Freshman Writers – what brings you peace?

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Hiya Freshman Writers! Hope this finds you well and writing. Or reading as today’s quote will show you.

Reading is probably the reason you wanted to become a writer in the first place. Either you read something and said, “I wish I wrote this!” Or you read something and thought, “I could’ve done this better.”  Reading is a fundamental part of being a writer, not just for writing’s sake, but for reading’s sake. How else are you going to understand the reader’s point of view if you don’t read?

In his memoir, “On Writing” Stephen King adds a section way at the end of his book called “And Furthermore: Part II – A Booklist.” Along with this list of books is a quote that I love and want to share with you Freshman Writers.

“The Prime Rule, of course: Write a lot and read a lot. ” ~ Stephen King

Enough said. Happy Writing and reading!

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Hiya Freshman Writers! Hope this finds you well and writing. Today’s quote follows this week’s editorial about establishing boundaries.

As writers, you must set the tone and let others know that writing is your priority. Thanks to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, here’s a quote that will inspire you Freshman Writers to get those boundaries in place and you to writing.

Happy Writing!

‘Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least”

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Welcome Freshman Writers! Hope this finds you well and writing.

Today’s Notable Quotable means so much to me today as I decided to take the day off from work (day job). Ever since dropping kiddo off at school, I’ve been vegging on the couch watching and napping to daytime tv. lol Very different from my usual crazy, hectic routine. The writer here really knew what she was talking about. So here’s the Notable Quotable of the week. Enjoy and happy writing!

There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort ~ Jane Austen

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Hiya Freshman Writers! Hope this finds you well and writing. Since Monday’s editorial was about playing to get back to writing, I thought a good quote about play would be a good fit. Enjoy!

Choose to have fun.
Fun creates enjoyment.
Enjoyment invites participation.
Participation focuses attention.
Attention expands awareness.
Awareness promotes insight.
Insight generates knowledge.
Knowledge facilitates action.
Action yields results…”

~ Oswald B. Shallow