Friday, August 13, 2010

fRiDaY iNsPiRaTiOn

Stephanie over at the Writers Cocoon is giving away a copy of her book A Bitch Named Karma (I WAN'T IT) she needs five more followers by today, so if you could please hop over and help me out, and her with her awesome novel I'd appreciate it!! ;)

May your weekend be filled with many inspired works! Just to help with the inspiration here are a few quotes and inspiring sentences from Writer's Little Instruction Book by Paul Raymond Martin

1. Trust your hunches

"trust your hunches... hunches are usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level. Warning! Do not confuse your hunches with wishful thinking. This is the road to disaster." - Dr. Joyce Brothers

2. See life as it is, but write about life as it might be.

3. What works, what doesn't

"If it's working, keep doing it.
If it's not working, stop doing it.
If you don't know what to do, don't do anything." - Dr. Melvin Konner

4. The road to unfinished work is paved with good intentions.

5. The road to published work is always under construction.

Happy Writing!!!

PS - I'm going to see Eat, Pray, Love this evening and if you haven't heard of it please snag the book, you won't be disappointed!!! Squee!!


Diana Mieczan said...

Ahhh I cant wait to see the movie...Please let me know if you liked it...ok?

We are planning to see it next week:)

Nr.2 is true:)

Hugs and kisses and have a wonderful weekend:)

Susan Fields said...

I love that about hunches being based on facts filed away just below the conscious level - I think that is so true. Thanks for the quotes, and have a great weekend!

Wendy Paine Miller said...

Isn't #5 the truth! Felt like I was wrapping up with a novel only to discover I think I need to rewrite the whole beast.
~ Wendy

vic caswell said...

nice list! esp. #1 and #5... not so sure about #3. doing things is a great way to learn what works and what doesn't. doing nothing gets you nowhere.

Al said...

I love the sentences, inspirational!

Christine Danek said...

Thanks for the inspiration. I always need it. I heard that book is good too. I must get it.
Happy Friday!

JournoMich said...

2 and 5 are my favorites! Enjoy the movie!


Anne Gallagher said...

If you don't know what you're doing, don't do anything.

That's me. Thanks Jen. Happy Friday.

Stina said...

I love #5.

Enjoy the movie. I'm not sure if I'll get around the reading the book. My YA TBR pile is tumbling (and I own a lot of the books already--so I have to read them first). I'm going to reread one of my Robin Cook books soon (from my medical thriller days), which will be the first non YA book I've read in 2 + years. ;)

Have a great weekend, Jen. :D

Vicki Rocho said...

I agree that you should trust your hunches! I can't tell you how many times doing that has saved me much pain and suffering!

Candyland said...

Great quotes! Have a superawesome weekend!

Matthew MacNish said...

Great advice, thanks Jen. Enjoy the movie!

Today's guest blogger is Ted Cross!

Theresa Milstein said...

Fine advice! I've wrestled with some of these issues with my novel currently on submission. My critique group gave me all sorts of feedback - some of it made sense but a few things didn't feel right. I had to trust my gut.

I like the last quote. We must get our manuscript to the point that it's tight, but there's always room for improvement. It's never really done, is it?

Enjoy the movie!

Sitting Behind Homeplate said...

And don't walk under a latter today. Well really - you don't want paint to spill on you.


TerryLynnJohnson said...

Eat,Pray,Love is one of the many books I just brought home! Hope to get to it soon.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

I love the "trust your hunches" advice! Maybe that's how I am "pantstering" my way through the current WIP.

I keep thinking, "This is it. You're stuck now. You're going to have delete some chapters and do massive revisions!" But then I realize, "You're not stuck. THIS has to happen next ..."

Thanks for the insight, Dr. Joyce!

Looking forward to your blogfest next week! It's my first! Are there rules/directions for what the post should contain?

Jillian said...

Fabulus advice Jen!!

And anyone who does not follow Stephanie.... do, she's great!!!

You to jen!!!


M. said...

I plan on kicking some WIP butt this weekend! Have a super day!

ps... my word verification is 'roses' Could be good luck :)

Laura S. said...

Love this: "Warning! Do not confuse your hunches with wishful thinking."

Thanks for the reminder!

I read EPL a couple weeks ago and loved it! I hope the film is just as good!

Angie said...

Great quotes. Have a good weekend!

Meredith said...

I love these quotes--I definitely need to go read this book now! And have an awesome time at Eat, Pray, Love. I'm reading it now!

Lenny Lee said...

hi miss jen! i hope you have fun at the movies and have a real fun weekend.
...hugs from lenny

Christina Lee said...

Love #1. You must report back on EPL!

Kimberly Franklin said...

Happy 13th! You'll have to let us know what you think of Eat Pray Love. I'm excited to see it!

Jaydee Morgan said...

Love the inspirational tidbits of wisdom!

Enjoy the movie and have a great weekend :)

Talli Roland said...

I love the second quote - brilliant.

Have a lovely inspired Alan Rickman-filled weekend! :) hehe!

The Urban Cowboy said...

Some inspiring quotes to strive for, very awesome.

jenny wilson said...

fab words of wisdom
I love eat, pray, lovex

Melissa said...

These quotes are awesome. Thanks Jen.

Stephanie said...

THANKS JEN!!!!! You are awesome!!!!! Unfortunately though, I am only at 137 followers :(

Terry Stonecrop said...

Thanks for the inpsiration and have a great weekend!

Love the Team Candyland tee. Looks good on you:)

Carolyn V. said...

Great advice Jen! Have a great time at the movie! I'm debating if I should read the book first or see the movie. I always hate it when the movie is completely different from the book.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing the great quotes!

I definitely want to see Eat, Pray, Love some time, so be sure to tell us if you enjoy it.

Karen Baldwin said...

Love your post today. Let us know how the movie was. I might go see it next week.

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The Words Crafter said...

Love the inspirations!