Fennel Hudson, A Writer's Year - Fennel's Journal - No. 3 Quotes
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If, like me, you suffer from lack of self-confidence you’ll know that the term is made up of two conflicting words, and that confidence isn’t easily found in the self.
If a pen can communicate our thoughts, dreams, and emotions and be the voice of our soul, then ink is the medium that carries the message.
A pen that has clocked up a million words, a lifetime’s memories, is worth more than the centrepiece in a jeweller’s window.
Where the writing takes place doesn’t matter to a publisher, but it matters a great deal to the author.
What compels me to write now is the same as all those years ago. It is the love of writing and storytelling, driven by a desire to escape.
I wasn’t born to fetch, or sit, or accept a beating. I’m here to be me, to write, and know my purpose.
It’s ironic that those who lack self-confidence are often the ones who find it hardest to say no.
We are all Clapping Monkeys, but while some of us smile, others look around to see if anyone has noticed.
Why should we change that which makes us unique?
The thing that matters most is what matters to you, not anybody else.
Editing one’s writing is as easy as lighting a match while riding a bicycle.
Progress isn’t always good. There’s a reason why ‘breakneck speed’ is described as such.
There is a fine line between fair criticism and jealous assault.
Publish a book before you’re too old to read it without glasses.
Writing with a biro is the emotional equivalent of giving your loved one a plastic rose on Valentine’s Day.
Proper writing ink comes in a bottle, can be swirled like brandy in a glass, and smells like apple blossom after rain.
Committing your thoughts and feelings to words is like putting your soul on a plate and hoping the diners will like what they eat.
To not use a talent to the best of your ability is to stifle the thing that makes you most special. It is like plucking the wings off a butterfly.
I like to start slowly, and then ease up as the day progresses.
Wear your heart on your sleeve. Write about what you think and feel. And share it with your friends.
What I am interested in, what I write and care about, exists in the slow lane, somewhere between hand-ploughed fields and a pint of real ale.
Eyesight can be so blinding. We need to look beyond the face of things.
There’s no such thing as writer’s block, so long as you’ve had plenty of time to think about what you want to write.
The process of creation begins way before one starts writing.
I needed some space to lay myself out, so that I could decide which pieces I wanted to pick up.
Imagination is the real magic that exists in this world. Look inwards, to see outwards. And capture it in writing.
A consultant: someone brought in to build a one-handled wheelbarrow.
Sentiments, as I have found, can be harvested from places where our memories are fondest.
If we have faith, then we can see the beauty around us. If we don’t then we are just blind followers, not knowing why we are on the path.
Walk free from the long shadows cast by small people.
Think about it: send SLASH receive. Email is the frenzied killer of proper communication.
Creative people need strong encouragement.
Nature or nurture? A talent needs both.
Confront the page that taunts you with its whiteness. Face your enemy and fill it with words. You are bigger and stronger than a piece of paper.
Look back, but never look down.
The pen that was once a gift has come to represent all that I hope to achieve.
Never interrupt an author when he or she is ‘in the zone’, else you’ll understand the real meaning of ‘writer’s nib’.
Being an author is to have a toe in the creative pool and a foot in the vat of commerce.