Snippets 126. In 1815 George Head, the assistant commissary-general of the commissariat of the 3rd division of the Spanish army, undertook a journey across North America, snappily titled Forest Scenes and Incidents in the Wilds of North America, Being a Diary of a Winter’s Route from Halifax to the Canadas. His diary was published in 1829. Finding accommodation during his journey was not a simple matter, and often involved relying on the kindness of strangers who allowed him to stay in their homes. Sometimes this involved severe hardship:
I had been indebted to Miss Turner for my supper, and she had made arrangements to prepare an apartment for me in the house, to which when I retired I found I had made an exchange very much for the worse. The house was ill-built, and my room so miserably cold, that to sleep in it seemed a forlorn undertaking. Several…
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In this age of increasing technology and constant access to various media channels, it seems there is never a shortage of information at our fingertips.
This leads to people being more “social” online (a theory about which I am still skeptical, but that’s for another day). And then, inevitably, the quotes start flowing.
They are meant to be relatable, or inspirational, or just plain funny.
I’m not going to pretend I haven’t indulged. When talented people share their thoughts on a subject, others should listen. It’s no different in the writing world. For me, while I enjoy a good laugh, the words that resonate are often words of encouragement or motivation from writers I admire.
Here are some of my favorites:
“If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.” ― Elmore Leonard
“I don’t exactly know what I mean by that, but I mean it.” ― J.D. Salinger
“This is how you…
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