Hope and humor ‘zine: Writers’ issue

May 22nd, 2016 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized

May 22, 2016

Hi, I’m Jim, and welcome to more encouragement and entertainment than you can shake a memory stick at! After a long, six-month hiatus, I’m back on the conference circuit today at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers’ Conference in Asheville, North Carolina. I can’t wait to teach a continuing session, “From Reflectig to Retailing,” and presenting a brand new keynote talk Tuesday morning on “The Creative Ten Commandments.” (I’ll post the audio ASAP.) So, this is my writers’ issue!

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Enjoy some hope and humor,


So, you want to write a book?

The writer of Ecclesiastes notes, “of the making of books there is no end.” And so, I regularly receive “I’d like to write a book” emails. I don’t mean to be impersonal, but here are some bits of advice after 30 years in this crazy business. I hope it will be helpful. [Continue reading]


Hope and humor for writers

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Quips and quotations on writing

To be an author, you need tough hide and a tender heart. And never get them switched. JNW

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards. Robert A. Heinlein

I try to leave out the parts that people skip. Elmore Leonard

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. Benjamin Franklin

There’s no money in poetry, but then there’s no poetry in money either. Robert Graves

If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor. Edgar Rice Burroughs

Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words. Mark Twain

I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter. James Michener

When once the itch of literature comes over a man, nothing can cure it but the scratching of a pen. Samuel Lover

Easy reading is damn hard writing. Nathaniel Hawthorne

What’s the difference between a pub and a pub board? Drunken Englishmen make better decisions. JNW

Write your first draft with your heart. Re-write with your head. From the movie Finding Forrester

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