A Few Quotes for Motivation
“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”
— Anne Frank
“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
― Sylvia Plath
“When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.”
— Stephen King
“People say, ‘What advice do you have for people who want to be writers?’ I say, they don’t really need advice, they know they want to be writers, and they’re gonna do it. Those people who know that they really want to do this and are cut out for it, they know it.”
— R.L. Stine
Over the Hill
by Adam Huddleston
I stand at the top of the hill. My forties stretch out before me. In the distance, I can see where the land rises to another hill, somewhat shorter than this one. I suppose its normal for a person to evaluate their life when they reach certain milestones. Tim McGraw sang about his future after turning thirty, though I have no idea if that song was written then or not.
1. Focus more on family. I feel that I do a pretty good job overall of spending time with my kids, but I could always do more. A little less tv watching and a few more piggyback rides will go a long way toward a closer bond.
2. Focus more on God. That bible on my shelf gets opened, but not nearly enough. I’m actually looking forward to starting a reading plan, more specifically, a comprehensive one that covers the entire scriptures.
3. Focus more on my health. A few years ago I had dropped about forty pounds and was feeling great. My self-esteem was higher and I could tie my shoes without getting winded! A visit to my doctor is in order, but even if that doesn’t happen soon, fewer late-night meals and soft drinks will surely help.
4. Focus more on writing. I recently moved all of my written works from my old laptop to my newer one. It’s actually quite exciting to see all my old friends in their new place and I’m looking forward to finishing some of those drafts.