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Life is a Beach


Writing is hard work. I mean, REALLY hard work. If you write, you already know that. Getting from 'what if' to 'so what' can be a hard, arduous journey.

So, here are some words to keep you going or make you laugh or convince you to take up horticulture (no puns, please). These are some of my favorites. Refer back here when you're blocked, painted into a corner or need a laugh or an 'AH HA!'

Just know that we're all in this together and no one's getting out alive.

'Every sunrise has its sunset - whether it likes it or not.'
--- Randall Platt




Sometimes, the wrong decision is better than no decision.
--Randall Platt and about a thousand other writers who face a fork in the road



Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
--Little Tommy Edison

Randall sez: I sold a book on the 45th submission. What if I had given up at 44?

Hell, there are no rules here - we're actually trying to accomplish something.
--Another Thomas Edison gem



He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands, his head and his heart is an artist.

--St Francis of Assisi

Randall sez: She who works with her hands, her head, her heart and with kids screaming all around her, is a working mother.

Take what you can. Give nothing back!
--Captain Jack Sparrow




Writing is like playing solitaire - you play it alone, you get stuck a lot and sometimes you are not playing with a full deck.
--That Platt Woman

Randall adds: And it's a great way to piddle away the day.

With the proceeds of my last novel, I purchased a small handbarrow on which my guests' luggage is wheeled from the station to my house. It needs a coat of paint. With the proceeds of my next novel, I shall have it painted.
--Henry James


If all grammarians in the world were placed end to end, it would be a good thing.
--Oscar Wilde

It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.
--Robert Benchley


Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think that university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.
--Flannery O'Connor

Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for the love of it, then you do it for a few friends, and finally you do it for money.



Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
--E.L. Doctorow

Randall sez: So keep your battery charged!

Writing is so difficult that I often feel that writers, having had their hell on earth, will escape all punishment hereafter.
--Jessamyn West



Every writer is a frustrated actor who recites his lines in the hidden auditorium of his skull.
--Rod Serling

All the world's a stage. Some of us just have better seats.

Randall sez: whoever Unknown was, she was really one smart dame!

Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.
--Alfred Hitchcock

Eighty percent of success is showing up.
--Woody Allen

Visions are worth fighting for. Why spend your life making someone else's dreams?
--Orson Wells to Ed Wood
Ed Wood
Rudolph Grey, Scott Alexander

Life is too important to be taken seriously.
--Oscar Wilde

Randall Platt
The writers' rock festival of inspiration,
by the Woodstock of Poets, Robert Frost:

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I'
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.