A Favorite Quote: Attitude

"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it. And so it is with you…we are in charge of our attitudes." 

— Charles R. Swindoll


Writing: Quote of the Day

“When you first start writing, you never fail. You think it’s wonderful and you have a fine time. You think it’s easy to write and you enjoy it very much, but you are thinking of yourself, not the reader. He does not enjoy it very much. Later, when you have learned to write for the reader, it is no longer easy to write. In fact, what you ultimately remember about anything you’ve written is how difficult it was to write it."  — Ernest Hemingway

It’s All Learning

I try to sneak in some reading any chance I get. Freelancing, raising a two year old and doing all those other things that have to be done during the day means I am usually up past my bedtime so I can finish another article or a chapter or two. Reading used to feel like an indulgence, but, as a writer, I figure I can justify it. Not only is it the way I prefer to spend my free time, but it is also good for my career. I always learn something new, either a technique or just a bit or information. 

I recently read this Hemingway quote, which gives me just one more way to justify all the time I spend reading: 

 "I think you should learn about writing from
everybody who has ever written that has anything to teach you." 
–Ernest Hemingway to F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1925
Selected Letters, page 176

Now…back to my book.