Advice to Writers, Readers, Editors…

[PS: (that’s not Post Script, it’s Pre Script – thought I’d make that up to give some texture to the confusion.)  Every great piece of writing needs a preface.  So I’m prefacing this great work with this advice to self:  “Lighten up!” Oh no… I’m levitating…!]

as well as what to say when you’re born (should the opportunity arise again) and when you die (which opportunity is still clocked  at the likelihood of 100%, and really, when faced with two choices, it’s good to know that at least one is firmly in the realm of the possible.)

The greatest hint ever, for all you wanna-be book writers out there, straight from the mouth of Steven Wright:

“I’m writing a book.  So far I’ve got all the page numbers down.  All I need to do is fill in the words.”

And for those of you who think you can be editors and do several books at once because, well, you’re really good at reading, again from our hero, Steven:

“I’m in hospital right now. [pause] I was involved in a speed-reading accident. [pause]  I hit a bookmark and I went flying across the room.”

…closing this inane thing with what may well be (for the moment) my favourite S W (that’s Steven Wright, not South West) quote about quotes:

I wish, when I was first born, the first thing I said was “Quote” so the last thing I said before I died would be “Unquote.”
Steven Wright

9 thoughts on “Advice to Writers, Readers, Editors…

      1. Sha'Tara Post author

        Thank you SoundEagle. Thanks for the follow. I did a wander on your site: it’s beautiful. So, I signed up too! I like quotes and you certainly have very “sound” advice on source, and the danger of using them out of context.

    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Thanks, Roger. Yes, sometimes humour becomes the best approach. Life is a long spiral staircase. Every 7 or 8 step is painted a different colour than the rest: that’s where you laugh, when you step on those.

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