Challenge. Accepted.

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“Nothing worth anything in life is ever easy”

This is something that I often say to people, and it defines the very principle by which I live my life. Life is the most worthwhile thing in the world, and is therefore the most difficult.

As I have posted about recently in my article about New Year’s Resolutions, I have suffered many personal issues this past year that have really pushed me from my path of becoming a professional journalist and photographer. Because, life is not easy.

Barney Stinson quote, How I Met Your Mother

“When I get sad, I stop being sad and be awesome instead. True story” – Barney Stinson, How I Met Your Mother

I have made it very clear to myself, my friends, my family, and my readers, that this year I have every intention of finding a balance between my personal and professional life, and earning money from my photography and journalism.

It is not going to be easy, at times it will be darned hard, but it is going to be really worthwhile. So, as Barney Stinson of the How I Met Your Mother television series has said many, many times…

“Challenge Accepted!”

I am breaking down my target into short-term, more achievable goals

  • Advertise my services
  • Gain 200 Likes on my FaceBook Page
  • Update website to have price list, references, etc, to encourage potential paid work
  • Send selection of works from photography and journalistic Portfolios to magazines and newspapers for consideration of publication
  • Brainstorm ideas and write enough “short and sweet” articles to set up the Blog to publish one every week for two months. This will develop my ability to write shorter articles and within a time limit.
  • Type up the interviews from Euro Gamer Expo 2012 and publish them
  • etc, etc, etc – more targets on the way soon!

I shall be posting updates on my progress, which you can follow in my Personal Progress Blog category, Subscribe to my updates with the ‘Stay Informed’ button on my starting page, ‘Follow’ me on my Twitter, or ‘Like’ my Fan Page on FaceBook.

If you have any comments or suggestions to help my in my task, I encourage you to Comment or Message me.

Image credit: Offset-Zero of deviantART

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Writers On Writing

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posted a Blog with quotes and facts regarding many published writers’ setbacks before publication. I have had such positive feedback and so many views for the aforementioned post that I have decided to expand upon the theme.

Today I am posting quotes from writers with regards to their art. I hope that you enjoy reading them and that they make you smile and they inspire you as much as they did me.

FICTION

“I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”
– Douglas Adams

“You don’t become a writer because you want to. You become a writer because you have to. Because – and I court double nagatives here – you cannot not become a writer. It’s the only way to quell, however temporarily, the voices in your head that demand you become their vessel.”

– Peter David

JOURNALISM

“And I believe that good journalism, good television, can make our world a better place.”
– Christiane Amanpour

“I still believe that if your aim is to change the world, journalism is a more immediate short-term weapon.”
– Tom Stoppard

GENERAL

“Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
Never use a long word where a short one will do.
If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
Never use the passive where you can use the active.
Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English
equivalent.
Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.”

– George Orwell

Nothing in life worth anything is easy, and writing is priceless, to both word smith and reader.

Keep on writing, and perhaps someday something you say will be written down and quoted to writers in the years to come…

Further Reading
More examples of quotes from various writers about their art can be found on this website and this website.
The Peter David quote was taken from his published work, Writing For Comics With Peter David