Sunday 1 January 2023

HAPPY NEW YEAR! by Penny Dolan


Today, is the first day of January and the first Awfully Big  Blog Adventure post of 2023.  Our tree still stands in the house and will until Twelfth Night. However, the seasonal holiday, with all the noise, music and busy times, all the hours filled with people in real life or screen-wise, all the blessed moments of rest and contentment, will soon be over.  Today, the start of a new year, is a good day for me to look at the calendars & diaries & clocks and remember a few useful quotes about resuming the habit of writing. 

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 Doing it all the time, whether or not we are in the mood, gives us ownership of our writing ability. It takes it out of the realm of comjuring, where we stand on the rock of isolation, begging the winds for inspiration, and it makes it something as do-able as picking up a hammer and pounding a nail. Writing may be an art, but it is certainly a craft. It is a simple and workable thing that can be as steady and reliable as a chore.  (Julia Cameron) 

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 Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a charcter sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.   (Jane Yolen) 

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 The most important thing in writing is to have written. I can always fix a bad page. I can't fix a  blank one.    (Nora Roberts) 

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Probably the most important thing I've learned is that if I don't make time for the writing, the writing won't get done. (Judy Reeves)

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 Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away from it, even the people who are most important to you. (Zadie Smith.) 

                                                        Snowflake - Wikipedia


After a long and too silent patch, I'm hoping I'll remember these thoughts . . . 

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Meanwhile, wishing you health, happiness and good words and good reading during the months to come - and with hopes for a better year for us all.


Penny Dolan 


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