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Quote of the Day – 2/23/16

“Do not just seek happiness for yourself. Seek happiness for all. Through kindness. Through mercy.” -David Levithan

I feel like this is one of the best quotes I have shared for writers, so far. Try not to make your writing practice and your writing life solely about you. Remember that the world does not revolve around you, and it helps to keep that in mind when you’re writing.

Bear in mind that you’re doing something that has the potential to affect others. Why not make sure that the effects of your writing practice are positive and uplifting? Why not help those around you with this gift you have for words. Share faith, happiness, positivity, hope, love, and empathy with others through your writing practice.

Whatever your calling is, even if it’s not writing, always try to use it in a positive way. Seek to make others in the world happy, and you will find your happiness along the way. I honestly believe that everyone in the world has AT LEAST one special gift–at least one thing they are astonishingly good at. My husband, Lake, is a skilled mechanic. My best friends, Tori and Christi, have gifts, too. Tori is a fantastic cook. Christi is a gifted percussionist.

Witnessing them utilizing their gifts is an absolute pleasure for me. I enjoy watching them do what they’re good at, and doing so benefits me, too. I feel emotionally uplifted when I get to witness my husband fixing something or Tori cooking, or Christi making music.

My point is this: your gifts aren’t just for your benefit. Your gifts are meant to be shared with the world around you! Don’t be selfish with your gifts because you never know whose life your gifts may change for the better.


Quote of the Day – 2/22/16

“Peril, loneliness, an uncertain future, are not oppressive evils, so long as the frame is healthy and the faculties are employed; so long, especially, as Liberty lends us her wings, and Hope guides us by her star.” -Charlotte Brontë

As a writer, this quote means that there is always a way to do what you love. No matter how bad your circumstances are, you can always find a way to do the things you love. If something is your true calling, God will open the doors for you to continue following that calling. It won’t always be easy. Life will sometimes weigh heavy on you, and you just have to decide whether or not you feel like pushing through the obstacles and pursuing your dreams.

I promise that if you let Hope and Faith guide you in your calling, you will find fulfillment. It may not be the kind of achievement that touches others and changes their lives right away. There is NO SUCH THING as an overnight success. Not really, anyway. The things that appear to be an overnight success are usually the result of a lifetime of practice and hard work finally paying off.

Take pleasure in the hard work, enjoy the practice. That, in itself, is a beautiful sort of success. Anything else is just a bonus.


Quote of the Day – 2/20/16

“I call people rich when they’re able to meet the requirements of their imagination.” -Henry James

I feel a sort of kindred spirit in this quote. I have always been drawn to other imaginative, creative types. I feel like having an active, probing imagination holds so much more value than so many people want to believe. Some people mistakenly equate value with profitability, and that can lead to frustration, depression, and worse feelings. Some of the most brilliant writers ever known to mankind only achieve “profit” from their imaginations posthumously.

A lot of people ask me, “Why do you keep writing if it’s made you little to no money so far?”

Well, I believe there is more value in my writing than just profitability. I find value in dedicating myself to what I believe is my true calling. I am looking for ways to discover more about myself in my writing. I am exploring my faith and my beliefs in my writing. I am trying to find ways to better serve God with this gift He gave me. I’ll discuss that more in tomorrow’s post.

I feel like God gave us imaginations so that we can fulfill our potential and glorify Him, and that’s what I’m seeking to do in my future as a writer.

All the best, and may God bless y’all!

xoxo

Chelsea C. Moye


Quote of the Day – 2/19/16

“My advice is, never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.” -Charles Dickens

Ouch! This one stings a bit since I’ve been a procrastinator since before I was born. I’m being entirely literal, people. I was supposed to be a Valentine’s Day baby, and I was born on February 24. I was 10 days late from the very beginning! I can procrastinate with the best of them!

However, if you feel that something is your true calling, I believe that you can make at least a little bit of time each day to do it. As with everything else, it all comes down to priorities. If being a writer is a priority for you, you’ll find a way to do at least a little bit each and every day.

Some people in your life may not understand your priorities. They may not get that–for you–writing is a calling, not a hobby. They may not know that you NEED to write to feel balanced and happy. If this is the case, find something in their life that they feel as strongly about, and present it to them through that paradigm.

“You know how much you love fishing, and how much joy it gives you? You know how you could go every single day, and it would be the best thing ever? That’s how I feel about my writing. Now do you understand why I make it a priority and do it first thing every day? I don’t just like it. It’s not a hobby for me. My writing is my calling. I know that if I follow my calling, God will bless us for it.”

I hope that my mention of God and blessings doesn’t offend you. In the past, I’ve tried to keep my faith and personal beliefs out of my writing, but in doing so, I didn’t feel that I was living up to my true calling. I’ll  be sharing more with you about my spiritual journey and my faith in my post on Sunday.

For now, just remember that if you feel called to write, there’s no need to procrastinate. Do what you feel called to do, make it a priority, and I promise you will find a sense of peace, balance, and fulfillment when you do.


Quote of the Day – 2/18/16

“The weak man becomes strong when he has nothing, for then only can he feel the wild, mad thrill of despair.” -Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

As a writer who sometimes struggles with a mood disorder, I have mixed feelings about this quote. I think that, on some levels, this is highly accurate. It’s true that hitting rock bottom can help you see what you need to do to work your way back up from there, but I think it’s better to live a balanced life than to allow yourself to be completely overtaken by either despair or mania. That is difficult for me to achieve.

I have always had an All-Or-Nothing type personality. I either do something obsessively or not at all. That’s how I’ve always been, but that hasn’t exactly been the healthiest thing for me, or for the people with whom I share my life.

I guess what I’m saying is that it’s wonderful to be dedicated to being a writer, but you should also try to seek balance in your life. Don’t let anything be all-consuming. Take it from someone who knows; when you let things consume you, it can physically wear you down and also put immense amounts of strain on your relationships with the people closest to you.

It’s always better to try to seek balance. Don’t sacrifice your calling for the sake of the people you love, and don’t sacrifice your relationships with the people you love on the altar of your calling to write. There must be some sort of middle ground where everyone ends up happy. Balance will bring happiness to you and all those around you.


Quote of the Day – 2/17/16

“I hope, or I could not live.” -H.G. Wells

I believe from the bottom of my heart that struggling writers need hope more than they need any other human emotion. What are we without hope? What do we have without hope? Hope is the one emotion that can help a writer keep driving forward in his/her writing life when it seems like everything in the world is stacked against him/her. Hope is the one thing that can keep a writer from giving up, even when she feels that no one believes in her or supports her writing dreams.

Hope is the one thing that keeps me going when I feel like no one understands or supports my dream of becoming a successful writer. Hope is what keeps me going when I feel like no one believes in me. There are days when I think to myself, “Nobody in my whole world thinks I’m going to make it as a writer,” but I keep going because I have hope for myself and my dream of being a successful author. Even if that is true and no one in my life thinks I can do this, I will do everything I can to keep pushing toward my dreams because I have hope.

People in my life have told me so many things over the years, and some them have felt like discouraging attacks, whether they were meant that way or not. However, I have ALWAYS come back to my writing because I love it, I’m passionate about it, and I cling to the hope that I am meant to have a successful writing life. I’ve been told that I’m inconsistent; that I have no follow through; that I may be a good writer, but there are thousands of better writers out there. I’ve been told that I’m the queen of procrastination and never finishing anything. I’ve been told that I don’t have the consistency or persistence to make it in the writing field. All those things may be true statements, but I have hope that my love for writing will help me overcome those problems and succeed in the field that I really love.

Have you noticed anything different lately? I’ve been making, at least, two posts a day, every day for the past month, not counting the Valentine’s Day trip to the beach house that didn’t have the internet. Does that seem inconsistent to you? Does it seem like I still lack follow through? I’m making changes in my life that will make me a better writer, and hopefully a better person too.

I’m making strides toward being more consistent, more persistent, and completing my projects instead of reworking large portions of one project over and over for years on end. I’m doing what I can to make myself a better writer. I’m putting in serious commitment and effort. Who can ask more of me than that?


Quote of the Day – 2/16/16

“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.” -J.K. Rowling

This quote means SO MUCH to me because I’ve been such a huge fan of Harry Potter for such a long time! J.K. Rowling’s books shaped my childhood in so many ways, and I love that she sends the message that you can grow up to be whoever and whatever you want to be. You can choose goodness, happiness, and light in your life, and I think that message is genuinely important to struggling writers the world over. Not only is it important to struggling writers, but it’s also important to EVERYONE. You can CHOOSE your destiny.

As a writer, this means that I can select the messages I want to send out into the world through my blog and my works. In the past, I was prone to clinging to negativity. Anyone who reads my first book, A Collection of Reflections, could guess that. I have realized over the past few years that I can choose positivity, and I can choose happiness, and that I can elect to share that positivity and happiness with others.

I can opt to share the things that have lifted me up with others and hope to lift them up in turn. I can choose to extend a hand and lift my fellow writers–my fellow human beings–up instead of dragging them down.

When I allowed myself to wallow in misery, I wanted to pull others down with me, but I’ve learned to be better than that. I’ve learned to look for the benefit of everything (even the bad things), and hopefully, make the lives of others better along the way.

I learned a lot of that from reading the Harry Potter series. I hope that someday my writing touches lives in the same way that J.K. Rowling’s writing touched mine.


Quote of the Day -2/15/2016

“I let go. Lost in oblivion. Dark and silent and complete. I found freedom. Losing all hope was freedom.” -Chuck Palahniuk

This quote isn’t just relevant to me as a struggling writer; it’s relevant to me as a struggling human being. I don’t just struggle with writer’s block. I struggle with who I am as a human being.

I struggle with the fact that I am an only child, and that I don’t really know that much about sharing my life and my internal world with other people. That occasionally makes being married harder than I expected. I’m not used to accommodating and sharing my thoughts and dreams with others, but I fully believe that learning how to share my life with someone else is making me a better person and a better writer.

I struggle with Type II Bipolar Disorder, but I don’t struggle nearly as much as I used to before my husband and I started dating. Having someone in your life who loves you in spite of the occasional period of depression or mania tends to put things on a more even keel. Still, I sometimes struggle with those feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness that come along with depression. Unlike this quote, hopelessness does not equal freedom for me. Freedom comes for me when I have these feelings of hopelessness and my husband is there for me in spite of them. Freedom is my husband having faith in me and my writing even when I don’t have faith in myself.

I have found freedom in learning to share my life–even the ugly, messy, dark, hopeless parts–with someone who loves me and has faith in me. My husband, Lake, is the best thing that’s ever happened to me.


Quote of the Day – 2/11/2016

“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.” -Philip K. Dick

I have felt, for quite some time now, that something is missing from these “Quote of the Day” posts that I do. While the quotes are all lovely in their own right, just tossing quotes out into the abyss of the internet doesn’t seem like enough. I’ve known that for a while. As a writer who is struggling to make a career out of what she loves, I feel like I should share how I feel that these quotes apply to me and my situation.

Perhaps you’re in the same situation, and it will apply to you in the same way, or perhaps it will apply differently. Perhaps you’re in an entirely different situation from mine, but maybe the quote will touch you and be meaningful for you in spite of our differences.

So, how does today’s quote apply to me as a struggling writer?

Sometimes I struggle with reality. It’s not my favorite thing in the world because reality is often a harsh, painful, uncertain, and terrifying mode of existence. Growing up as an only child, reality was a lonely place for me most of the time. I think that’s one of the reasons that my imagination is so highly developed. Being the only child in a household leaves plenty of room for the imagination to spawn more companions and fantastic adventures than I could have ever hoped to get down on paper.

You can only play hide and seek with reality for so long, though. I imagine Reality having Liam Neeson’s voice and always repeating that line of his from Taken. “I will find you, and I will kill you.” I guess that speaks volumes about my feelings toward reality all by itself. I’m not saying that reality is inherently evil–sometimes reality is fantastic–but I’m saying that I think God gave us imagination because he knew that reality would break us all if we didn’t have the solace of imagination to turn to when reality gets too painful.

Reality never goes away, that much is true, but Imagination allows us to take a step back from Reality until we can bear its burdens and move forward.


Quote of the Day – 2/10/16

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”

-Paulo Coelho


Quote of the Day – 2/9/16

“And I know I can do this because I went to London on my own, and because I solved the mystery…and I was brave and I wrote a book and that means I can do anything.”

-Mark Haddon


Quote of the Day – 1/20/16

“What is the point of worrying oneself too much about what one could or could not have done to control the course one’s life took? Surely it is enough that the likes of you and I at least try to make our small contribution count for something true and worthy. And if some of us are prepared to sacrifice much in life in order to pursue such aspirations, surely that in itself, whatever the outcome, cause for pride and contentment.”

-Kazuo Ishiguro


Quote of the Day – 1/17/16

“If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.”

-Leo Tolstoy


 

I cannot tell you all just how relevant this is to my writing life right now. I’m hoping to get a post out tomorrow to update you on everything that’s been going on!


Quote of the Day – 1/16/2016

“Stop worrying about growing old. And think about growing up.”

-Philip Roth


Quote of the Day – 1/13/2016

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”

-Mark Twain


Quote of the Day – 12/20/2015

“If people can just love each other a little bit, they can be so happy.”

-Émil Zola


Quote of the Day – 12/18/15

“The future could go this way, that way. The future’s futures have never looked so rocky. Don’t put money on it. Take my advice and stick to the present. It’s the real stuff, the only stuff, it’s all there is, the present, the panting present.”

-Martin Amis


Quote of the Day – 12/16/2015

“You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.”

-Cormac McCarthy


Quote of the Day – 12/11/15

“If you don’t try at anything, you can’t fail… it takes back bone to lead the life you want.”

-Richard Yates


Quote of the Day – 12/9/2015

“It’s better to look at the sky than live there.”

-Truman Capote


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