Essay: Living the Simple Life

Originally posted on Writing Creative Nonfiction:
“The greatest step toward a life of simplicity is to learn to let go.”—Steve Maraboli “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”—Confucius “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” —Leonardo Da Vinci Dave Hood To live simply, we must make a conscious choice to embrace “voluntary simplicity.” Essentially, we are free to choose how to simplify our… Continue reading Essay: Living the Simple Life

Jane Austen Quotes For Writers

Although there is some question around the reason for Jane Austen’s death, what is known is that she died 200 years ago. Jane Austen is often described as one of England’s best novelists. She wrote classics such as Sense and Sensibility (1811), and Pride and Prejudice (1813). Then Mansfield Park  (1814), followed by Emma (1815). After her death her last two books – Persuasion (1817), … Continue reading Jane Austen Quotes For Writers

How The Slow Lane Can Be Good For Your Writing

It’s funny how we can be zooming along one minute, then at a complete standstill the next. Life is like that, and so is writing. That’s exactly what happened when I hurt my shoulder, and so yesterday, I went into hospital for an operation. I was put into the slow lane by a trauma surgeon whether I liked it or not. Actually I did like … Continue reading How The Slow Lane Can Be Good For Your Writing

What Winston Churchill Could Teach The Writer In Us

As an English woman I am obviously a little biased about thinking that Sir Winston Churchill did great things for us. The British are proud of his determination and grit. He showed us how to keep going in what were sometimes battles which looked lost before the fight had even begun. I know that many of us would not be here without his actions and … Continue reading What Winston Churchill Could Teach The Writer In Us

How To Get What Your Inner Writer Wants

If you could bottle everything that your writer’s heart wants, wouldn’t that be great? If everything that would make the writer in us jump with glee because it was stored so easily, and available when needed, was in that bottle, wouldn’t that be amazing? Well, maybe that isn’t so far from the truth. This week I re-read Sonia Choquette’s book Your Heart’s Desire. Each time I read … Continue reading How To Get What Your Inner Writer Wants