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10 Great Quotes from Writers about Love

February 10, 2015 Leave a comment

Chekhov & Chesterton – You can’t go wrong.

Interesting Literature

Ten of the most profound and witty quotes from writers on the subject of love

‘All life is just a progression toward, and then a recession from, one phrase – “I love you.”’ – F. Scott Fitzgerald

‘Self-love seems so often unrequited.’ – Anthony Powell

‘You cannot save people, you can only love them.’ – Anaïs Nin

Quotes about Love‘The Bible tells us to love our neighbours, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.’ – G. K. Chesterton

‘Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea.’ – Henry Fielding

‘Of course it’s possible to love a human being – if you don’t know them too well.’ – Charles Bukowski

‘To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.’ – Jane Austen

‘There are all kinds of love in the world, but never the same love twice.’ – F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Five Objects I have used as Bookmarks!

February 8, 2015 Leave a comment

bookmarkA bookmark is an essential piece and has important significance in any reader’s life. But it isn’t always necessary that we use the ‘bookmark’ as a bookmark. If you read while traveling, or while laying on your bed surrounded by other books, or under any other emergency situation when you just could not find the ‘bookmark’. I end up in similar situations, without a bookmark, often. And then, I use some bookmarks that are quite helpful. Here is a list of five things that I have used as bookmarks:

1. My finger, especially the index one, while changing metro lines. (I have lost more than half a dozen bookmarks, last month, at metro stations due too overcrowding).

2. A piece of newspaper rolled up like a bookmark (but is not a bookmark).

3. Pencils and pens.

4. My mobile phone.

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Freelancing Niche: To Write or Not to Write

February 8, 2015 Leave a comment

I am finally in the “freelancing game.” I took the leap and got a couple jobs. Verdict: Why didn’t I start this sooner?

Truly, the reason behind my lag time in starting writing projects came down to two things: confidence and the thought that I had nothing to write about. I think many writers struggle with both or at least one of these reasons. It is easy to let either reason control your decisions and I definitely let both control my desire to write for pay.

I got over my confidence issues, but I still felt I had nothing to write about when I started. Of all the projects I have started so far, none are similar to one another. This brings me to the biggest issue with freelance writing: finding your freelancing niche.

How do you figure it out?

Surprisingly, there isn’t a ton of information or thought out on the web. The first post I could find by googling it was a post from Carol Tice on Make a Living Writing. Quite honestly, I think the post provides the most practical advice about figuring out your niche.

As with anything, trying a bunch of different things appears to be the way to go (I guess I am off to a good start). The sentiment works well in any part of life (regular jobs benefit from this test and decide method).

So far, I have found that writing about the healthcare industry (an area I work within, though barely, during the day) has been interesting and entertaining. But, I also enjoy the other topics I have written about. As Tice notes, I will benefit from continuing to write in these areas before refining my “niche” and becoming an authority on the topics.

It will take time, surely, but I am off to a good start.

This brings me to a final thought: to write or not to write. I was offered a meager amount to write an ebook on a topic I enjoy and care about. However, due to the nature of the job offer (on a freelancing website), I would effectively be signing over my rights to what was written. I enjoy the topic and although I have not yet approached a market to write on the topic, I think I may want to one day. I turned down the job (and the money!), but I made the right decision in the end (hopefully).

How does a freelancer decide to turn down a job, to write or not to write? It is a conundrum that has me pondering, but a conundrum that also motivates me to keep writing.

Thoughts are welcome.