Monday, April 23, 2012

Writers' Block

One of the best things to do when you're suffering from a writers' block and you're convinced that writing is your true calling, is to READ. Read motivating stuff about writing, read silly stuff about writing read about anything, get addicted to a TV series like Games of Thrones as I have been, watch it with mindless involvement, admire the characters, the plot, the action, the themes, just the way it is conceived and the way the characters are created and given depth. Of course, one of the 12 rules of writing is to write a little everyday. This I guess is my quota for today. Obviously it is not very meaningful or readworthy, the black just eats up a little more of the white space and well. Not every word is supposed to mean something is it? Oh Well. I guess the excercise is what really matters. So stray-reader, who's fumbled on this  blog by mistake, go ahead and do something that makes you happy! Stimulate your mind and do something that makes you say- Voila- I love this and I am at peace with everything around me!


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Qui scribit bis legit - He who writes reads twice

A few interesting Latin phrases:

Scribere est agere - To write is to act
Sine qua non - Something/someone indispensable
Sub dio - Under the open sky
Ad astra per aspera - To the stars through difficulty
Ad augusta per angusta - To high places by narrow roads
Aude sapere - Dare to know
Cacoethes scribendi - An insatiable urge to write. (Juvenal)
Confiteor - I confess
Fide, non armis - By faith, not arms
Genus irritabile vatum - The irritable race of poets. (Horace)
Hic et nunc - Here and now
In nubibus - In the clouds
Lapsus calami - A slip of the pen
Memorabilia - Memorable things
Meum pactum dictum - My word is my bond
Mvlti svnt vocati, pavci vero electi - Many are called [but] few are chosen
Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis - Unless you will have believed, you will not understand. (St. Augustine)
Verba volant, (littera) scripta manet - Words fly away, the written (letter) remains

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Write Quotes

"One's writing can only be as good as one's reading."  - Ben Okri

"Reason and taste, two powers of the intelligence, are rightly the supreme gods of the prose stylist, while to the poet they are only minor deities."  -S.A. (The Future Poetry, 16)

"Once the water is deep enough that you must swim to stay afloat, does it really meatter how deep the pool is? "

"The way to rock oneself back into writing is this. First gentle exercise in the air. Second the reading of good literature. It is a mistake to think that literature can be produced from the raw." Virginia Woolf.

"Dream as if you will live forever, live as if you will die today!"  -James Dean

"If you're not lost then you're in a place somebody's already found." Junot Diaz.