Writing Quote of the Week by Christine Duncan

“I love my rejection slips. They show me I try.” Sylvia Plath

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Writing Quote of the Week by Christine Duncan

I don’t know whether to feel encouraged or depressed about this one.

“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” Ernest Hemingway

Writing Quote of the Week by Christine Duncan

I love this one

” I almost always urge people to write in the first person. …Writing is an act of ego and you might as well admit it.” William Zinsser

Consider the Source by Christine Duncan

I have been inundated by “news stories” giving me financial advice. Much of it concerns retirement. Much of it is a bunch of baloney. And I am tired of it.

Folks, there is obviously not much honor among thie…. er. I mean writers. Many of us will write anything to make a buck.

And this is wrong. People look to the internet for advice. They want to believe what they read. And they shouldn’t. Everyone should consider the source.

I’ve read many an article telling people that they should invest in their IRA and not worry about paying off the house or credit cards. Baloney, folks! You should pay off all debt before retiring. That should be your focus. Want proof? Do the math! How much are you paying in interest? How much is your investment making? If the interest you are paying out exceeds what you would make, that is your cost.

More simply put if you have a house with an old style loan and your interest rate if five or even six percent…which if you bought your house ten years ago is more than possible, you would have to put money into an IRA that made more than that, in order to profit. With credit cards the ratio is worse. Pure and simple! If your IRA is making that, do it! But more probably, you are making somewhere in the neighborhood of 2 percent. Maybe a little more, if you are lucky.

It doesn’t matter, unless you are making as much as you are paying out, you are losing. You will hear stories about people who made millions by taking on debt to invest. You will read how you should emulate that. But ask yourself, who does that profit?

And this is only one example of financial advice out there that is misleading. Again, I have to say, consider the source. MAYBE, these folks have something to gain if they sway you.

Financial articles are just one area where this is true. You should consider most everything you read as some form of advertising. And then ask yourself as a writer, where are the ethics?

Writing Quote of the Week by Christine Duncan

Here’s a thought for those of us tempted to goof off as the weather turns warmer. “A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity.” Franz Kafka via Liam Feldstein

And Finally…

Last lines. Well, last paragraphs. Let’s extend to last pages. They matter.

Think of a last line. Did you think of the end of Tale of Two Cities? Because that’s perfect. It encapsulates Sydney Carton’s entire character whilst also reducing us to floods of tears.

I recently read an excellent gothic thriller that, when it got to the ending, delivered such a jolt on the last page I still remember it (I’m not telling you, it’ll spoil it)

The last moments are the final impression you leave with a reader. It’s not just The End, it’s ‘this is what it all was about’ or ‘this is what happened next’ or ‘it’s all over’. It can lead to the reader cheering or crying or frightened or satisfied. It should never leave them feeling nothing.

Pay as much attention to your last line as you do to the first.

The House at Baker Street by Michelle Birkby

The Women Of Baker Street

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Happy Memorial Day Everyone by Christine Duncan

With grateful thanks to all who fought and died for this country.