Tagged: Mark Twain

Writer’s Advice

Reading and writing are two of my favourite things. People like George Orwell, Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf, Mark Twain, Anton Chekhov, Zadie Smith: stimulate my thought process and give me inspiration.

“Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away from it, even the people who are most important to you.” – Zadie Smith

“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very:’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” – Mark Twain

“My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying.” – Anton Chekhov

“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” – Sylvia Plath

“If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.” – Virginia Woolf

“Don’t be a writer; be writing.” – William Faulkner

Language is my oxygen.

Ageing

How do you feel about getting older? Do you embrace the fact, or deny the inevitable? According to the UN report, in 2050, there will be over 2 billion people that will be over 60 years old, globally. Most of the ageing population, is prevalent in developing countries. So this alarming statistical information, highlights the need for increased healthcare services, especially dementia. There is now over 7 million new cases of dementia, diagnosed worldwide annually, according to statistics. Amazing. I will be over 60 years old, in 2050, one of those ‘aged’ people. Great. Turning another year older in a few weeks, only brings a smile to my face. On reflection, life has been an incredible kaleidoscope of events, adventure and advancement. Ageing is mere reality, beauty and truth.

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” – Mark Twain