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I read for fun this week.  Only Dull People Are Brilliant at Breakfast is a collection of Oscar Wilde quotes, one of Penguin’s Little Black Classics series.

It’s more like reading poetry than reading a novel because you can skip about, read out of order, pick and choose the lines that interest you. In this particular case there’s about 50 pages of quotes covering life, art, Englishness and intelligence, amongst other things.

When you read quotes in a block, you start to notice patterns, repetition, typical language.  You start to notice why one phrase is amusing and one is not, and why some ideas resonate. I enjoy the chance to analyse and reflect; I don’t really stop and think about what I am reading in the same way when I am reading a novel.

I personally prefer the more comedic comments.  They take the words away from lecturing and towards the feeling of a shared joke.  That’s one thing I have noticed over and over: these quotes feel like a friend talking to me.

This isn’t the most standard read, and I fully appreciate that not everyone enjoys reading books of quotations, but from a writing point of view it’s great.  There’s wonderful use of language, witticism that can be reviewed and analysed, and clever ideas worth exploring.

And it’s fun to read. Which is my primary focus when choosing a book for a Tuesday!

Happy reading

EJ

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I have recently been working on finding quotes about a variety of concepts.  I started by looking things up for my wall at work, where my Action for Happiness poster is a little lonely because I have taken down some photos – I need to change things up sometimes!

I have subsequently been looking for quotes for other things, and other people.

I am not sure why they help but they do.  Perhaps it is the knowledge we are not alone in feeling something, or that a positive thought has a positive impact, or even that it gives us a different way of looking at things.

Whatever it is, it’s actually quite fun to look at lists of quotes.  As you may remember I was even inspired by a quote to write my poem Cicero and now I am pulling together a new set list I may well use that technique again.

There is power in words to inspire, delight, agitate and infuriate – and all of these can spur the writing imagination. Plus you might find a comic gem or two along the way!

So quotes are now in my basket of writing tools to draw upon when I need to spur my imagination – or my sense of humour!

Happy writing,

EJ

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I’m currently on a little break so I am keeping it short tonight and sharing something that appealed to my sense of humour!

People who like quotations love meaningless generalisations

Thank you Graham Greene, for a comment that I had to quote.  All quote lovers will understand… and hopefully have a little chuckle to themselves.

Happy writing,

EJ

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I have had a frustratingly slow return to the story today, for multiple reasons.  I didn’t meet my word count target, so that means there’s more to do for the next few sessions, but as long as I keep in mind my June word count target I suppose a little flexibility isn’t a disaster.

Today’s quote for you is:

She was so busy trying to put a spin on reality that she had given up on it altogether.

My poor character doesn’t know her top from her tail right now.  She’s spinning out of control and from a writing point of view it’s interesting to see where her behaviours take the story!

So hopefully I will make up some of the word count tomorrow, or at least not fall further behind, but I do have my two nieces here again so it may all change once more…

Happy writing,

EJ

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A quick post today as I need to get to bed – have an early morning appointment before going back to work which will be a bit of a slog after nearly 2 weeks off!

Today’s quote is:

She would carry the scar; she had to carry it.

My character has made a decision about something and the decision will damage her. She knows this but it has to be done this way for the people she loves.

She’s a fickle thing though, so I’m not convinced the decision will stand for all that long…

Happy writing,
EJ
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I am only going to do one post today, and not my usual weekly roundup, as I have had family round and haven’t really had much time to prepare so focussed on writing something new instead.

Today’s quote goes something like this:

She could feel them chugging along, polluting her brain with unclean thoughts.

My character is still struggling with yesterday’s thoughts because she is now feeling guilty for being suspicious.  It’s like a form of torture – she can’t win and she can’t let go of the nagging feeling something is wrong, that her partner knows things they shouldn’t know.

I am aiming to have completed about 12500 words by the end of the month which will be a pretty good start – and am also considering continuing with the daily blogging into June.  What do you think – can you bear it?!

For me, it’s been a success, but have you been inspired to write every day as well?

Let me know what you think…

Happy writing,

EJ

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The writing has been limited today, but I got a little done and that’s always better than nothing.

Today’s quote is:

She was trapped in place by her own pain.

It is accurate, but it doesn’t really capture what I want it to show.  At this point, my character is bruised all over, her muscles strained and her head filled with a million drummers bashing out a discordant tune.  I want to capture this, but in about 10 words!

So it’s something to be worked on in the revisions – but at least it’s written.  As I’ve said before, I can’t edit a blank page, after all!

Happy writing,

EJ

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