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If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn't matter a damn how you write.
- Somerset Maugham

All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary -- it's just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences.
- Somerset Maugham

Anecdotes don't make good stories. Generally I dig down underneath them so far that the story that finally comes out is not what people thought their anecdotes were about.
- Alice Munro

If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.
- Edgar Rice Burroughs

Rejection slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil -- but there is no way around them.
Isaac Asimov

To write fiction, one need a whole series of inspirations about people in an actual environment, and then a whole lot of work on the basis of those inspirations.
- Aldus Huxley

Get it down.  Take changes.  It may be bad, but it's the only way you can do anything really good.
- William Faulkner

Books aren't written, they're rewritten.  Including our own.  It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn't quite done it.
- Michael Crichton

Any man who keeps working is not a failure.  He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he'll eventually make some kind of career for himself as a writer.
- Ray Bradbury

Affirm All You Want

RESOURCES-TIPS, Writer's Life

The Power of Intention Over Resolve

By Mia Zachary

When the end of the year draws near and a new start is in sight, the clock is ticking down, but your heart is speeding up. Why?

Because the past eleven months didn’t go the way you’d hoped, so you feel obligated to make some resolutions.

You make a long list of everything you plan to start doing, all of the habits you want to break and the many goals you’re going to set.

But then after only a few short weeks— or even days— your resolutions have been abandoned, forgotten or replaced with more resolutions that will just end the same way…

What happened?

Habits take time to form and longer to break, so most people give up as soon as it gets hard. Goals are usually about fixing something you believe is wrong with you, or getting something that you think will make you better.

You feel pressured to “make it happen”, especially if you told anybody what you’re supposed to be doing, and all you can think about is failing— again.

You can speak all the affirmations you want but as long as you’re focused on the outcome instead of the change, nothing is going to, well, change.

So set Intentions instead of making resolutions. An Intention is the ‘deeper something’, the core importance, the higher ideal at the heart of your motives.

If you step back and look at your resolutions objectively, it’s not really the thing or the situation that you want; it’s the emotional satisfaction you’ll feel once you win.

Goals change, different options present themselves, other choices manifest and new resources become available, right? Think of a goal as a point on a map, but intention as the vehicle to get you there and beyond.

Writing Exercise

What is it that you truly want?

What state of being will bring you Peace of Mind?

Jot down a list of everything you feel, everything you think about yourself and everything you say you want.

Now beside each desire write down exactly WHY.

For example, if you feel stuck at your job and you think you can do better and you say you want to start your own business, then be clear about your why. A goal of getting away from your obnoxious boss and not having to commute for an hour each way is not enough. Do you have a higher purpose? Is there something you are Intended to share with the world?

If, for example, you feel lonely and you think you’ll never find anyone and you say you’re going to try a dating site, then be clear about your why. A goal of having ‘some body’ to text with and hang out with on weekends is not enough. Are you starting with a great self-worth? Are you searching with the Intention of being one member of a loving partnership?

When you know your whys, the well-formed outcomes are inevitable.

Once you know your reasons, begin to create Intention statements. Although both affirmations and Intentions are positive and present-tense, affirmations are passive while Intentions are active.

It’s good to write out an affirmation like, “I am eating better and exercising more”. Better to act on an Intention Statement like, “I intend to be happy and healthy so I can enjoy my life.”

Include power words in your Intentions to keep yourself focused. Power comes from words that move you, resonate within you and hold a connection for you.

On the next page is a list of power words for you to use in creating your Intention Statements. An example might be, “I intend to live from an abundance mentality” or “I intent to be authentic in all relationships.” You can make them as general or as specific as you need.

Sample Power Words For Your Intentions

ABUNDANCE
Awareness
Blessing
Clarity
Creativity
Energy
Faith
Genuine
Gratitude
Honesty
Influence
Kindness
Loyalty
Mentorship
Nurture
Options
Possibility
Presence
Receive
Serenity
Talent
Value

ACCEPTANCE
Balance
Bravery
Commitment
Dedication
Enthusiasm
Freedom
Generosity
Harmony
Honor
Insight
Knowledge
Love
Nature
Offer
Passion
Potential
Purpose
Relate
Sharing
Teach
Wealth

AUTHENTICITY
Belief
Choice
Courage
Dreams
Experience
Fun
Grace
Health
Ideals
Joy
Laughter
Mastery
Nourishment
Opportunity
Peace
Power
Radiance
Resources
Spirit
Trust
Wisdom

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