Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Quotes and Stuff by LoRee Peery

So many superb writers appear on Seriously Write that at some point, any “tips” I might be prone to share have surely appeared here already. A major phrase that sticks in my mind is “you know you’re a writer if you can’t not write.”

Over the years, since joining RWA, taking classes, and attending conferences and retreats, I filled countless notebooks with writing articles and how-tos that I’ve recently purged, though I prefer reading on paper over screen. I thought I’d share some of the quotes I ran across.

  • “Start writing, no matter what. The water doesn’t flow until the faucet is turned on.” ~ Louis L’Amour
  • “No writing is a waste of time. With every sentence you write, you have learned something.” ~ Brenda Ueland
  • “Writing is conversation from God through you to your readers.” ~ Oscar H. Greene
  • “A writer is only accountable to God.” ~ Ernest Hemingway
  • “If you’re a writer and you don’t show up for work, you miss the poem.” ~ Ted Kooser
  • “The necessity to write springs from some conflict that cannot be resolved.” ~ Edna O’Brien
  • “I write when the fear of not writing overcomes my fear of writing.” ~ Unknown
  • “I will write every day because I love to, not because I have to.” ~ Unknown
  • “You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” ~ Unknown
  • “There is no perfect time to write. There's only NOW!” ~ Unknown
  • “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” ~ Albert Einstein
  • “You have to protect your writing time. You have to protect it to the death.” ~ William Goldman
  • “Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” ~ Anton Chekhov
  • “A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” ~ Thomas Mann
  • “Age is a good thing. Life experience will only make your writing better.” ~ C.J. Carmichael
  • “I dwell in possibility.” ~ Emily Dickinson
  • “When asked, ‘How do you write?’ I invariably answer, ‘one word at a time.’” ~ Stephen King
  • “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” ~ Agatha Christie
  • “Never, EVER give up. Not ever. Not EVER. Ever EVER!” ~ Mary Janice Davidson
  • “You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” ~ Jack London
  • “There is no such thing as wasted writing.” ~ Monica Wood, The Pocket Muse

I’ll add one of my pet peeves. I clench my teeth each time I read that a character is nauseous. “A person is nauseated, due to a nauseous feeling, caused by nausea.” ~ LoRee Peery

And in closing, I cling to this. “If God calls, He equips.” ~ Unknown

Also in closing, keep your appointment with keyboard and screen. Social media can wait until the day’s new words are down.

If you have a quote or phrase that’s never left you, I’d like to hear it.


Do you have a favorite writing quote? Let's hear it! via @LoreePeery #SeriouslyWrite


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Nebraska country girl LoRee Peery writes fiction that hopefully appeals to adult readers who enjoy stories written from a Christian perspective, focusing on the romance. These include novels and novellas for women and men in the Contemporary, Romance, Historical, Time Travel, and Mystery/Suspense categories. She writes of redeeming grace with a sense of place. Her Frivolities Series and the book based on her father’s unsolved homicide, Touches of Time, are available on Amazon. She is who she is by the grace of God: Christian, country girl, wife, mother, grandmother and great-, sister, friend, and author. Connect with LoRee through these links:
Find her publications at Pelican http://tinyurl.com/kwz9enk


Talia Ashby is a perfectionistic data analyst who, on occasion, sees her “fat” self when she looks in the mirror. As a svelte former obese girl, she reunites with her secret teen crush, now a pastor in the church she attends.

Cooper Valiant is dazzled upon meeting a high school friend he doesn’t immediately recognize due to her drastic weight loss. Since his sister had an eating disorder, he’d often felt empathy toward Talia as classmates teased and bullied her. In his pastorate position, he asks her to help girls in the youth group come to grips with body-image.

While working with the girls, Talia's recollections of youthful hurts stir up past insecurities. She must reassess her spiritual journey, and what bothers her in the present.

Added to the mix are her reawakened emotions toward the man who once came to her rescue. Will their joint journey include a personal relationship?


25 comments:

  1. I enjoyed reading this message and learning new writing quotes. :-)

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  2. Great to have you on Seriously Write today! I appreciate your perspective and sharing those quotes. It's true about social media...it can (and should) wait until I've done the writing God has called me to for the day.

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    1. Hi, Mary. Writing takes discipline or it never gets out of our heads. We all know how easy it is for time to pass while we're scrolling or commenting.

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  3. Thank you, Melissa. It's easy to breeze through such a list, but I hope you found something to chew on.

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  4. I'd like to thank all the fine contributors to Seriously Write for my visit today, and I'd also like to see other quotes. Actually, God tells us in the New Testament that He equips us, not matter the task we're called to.

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    1. We are happy to have you, LoRee! Thanks for agreeing to share your thoughts and quotes!

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  5. Just FYI from this proofreader at heart, you've got near the end that Jack London said, “You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” But you had already mentioned that quote earlier as being by Unknown.

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    1. Whoops! I should have caught that, Lila.

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    2. Another oops here -- am I allowed to blame it on blurry vision? Not should be no in my statement above.

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    3. Great catch, Lila. You can't imagine the paper I recycled that day. I must have written down the quote twice in two different places (and should have seen it later, but perfection blows in the wind).

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    4. "Perfection blows in the wind." Sounds like another great writing quote. Our stories are never perfect.

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  6. Thank you for sharing with us today, LoRee.
    These are great quotes to inspire us (this is going into my Keeper File!).
    And now I'll heed your advice to keep my appointment with keyboard and screen, and let social media wait! :)
    Blessings, Patti Jo

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    1. Hi Patti Joy. With those comments, I'll say, Write On!

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  7. LoRee, great post! I loved reading the quotes.

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  8. LOT'S of great inspiration LoRee! Thanks for sharing.
    PamT

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Pam. It's always good to see your name and face.

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  9. Thanks for all the encouragement, LoRee. I love your stories.

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    1. That encouragement goes both ways, Barb. Thanks for your comment.

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  10. Hi, LoRee! Thanks so much for sharing these inspiring quotes. Several hit where needed today!

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    1. Dawn, it's always reassuring to know that others have gone before us and we are blessed to pass anything worthwhile forward.

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  11. Thanks for sharing these quotes! I have a favorite that I didn't see on your list:
    "A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit." -- Richard Bach

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  12. Kay, I like that one. Thanks for stopping, and for sharing.

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  13. LoRee, hi there! I'm catching up on reading blog posts this morning, but I'm sorry to be late in commenting. How wonderful to see you on Seriously Write! I love your photo; it clearly shows the warm, lovely woman I was privileged to meet a number of years ago in St. Louis. :) I love reading quotes and these were wonderful (and yes, gave me pause for thought). I have been dragging my heels a bit during this season, but time still passes by, doesn't it? Time to march on and finish my manuscript. Your book looks wonderful, and I'm headed to Amazon now. Blessings to you, LoRee.

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  14. JoAnn, it's wonderful to read your words, as always! Thanks for taking the time to comment. And thank you for mentioning my photo, which was taken for the church directory. I hope we can meet again in person, but we have the assurance of heaven, so what a reunion that will be! I wish you blessings in return as well as hugs.

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