If I had my time over

I first read this many years ago now, and it is one of those passages that stays with you. I take it back out every now and then and read it, and remind myself to get on with living life.

If you have seen it before, then I hope it is a wonderful reminder. If it is new, then enjoy.


If I had my time over I’d like to make mistakes next time.

I’d relax, I would limber up.

I would be sillier than I have been this trip.

I would take fewer things seriously.

I would take more chances.

I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers.

I would eat more ice-cream and less beans.

I would perhaps have more actual troubles and fewer imaginary ones.

You see I am one of those people who live sensibly and sanely hour after hour and day after day. Oh, I’ve had my moments and if I had to do it over again, I’d have more of them. In fact I’d have nothing else. Just moments. One after another, instead of being so many years ahead of each day.

I’ve been one of those people who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a raincoat and a parachute. If I had to do it again, I would travel lighter than I have.

If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring, and stay later in the fall. I would go to more dances. I would ride more merry-go-rounds. I would pick more daisies.

                                           Nadine Stair Aged 85 Louisville, Kentucky.

How to write down story ideas so you can remember why they were brilliant

Great post on idea capture for writers 🙂

Nail Your Novel

ideas1I have a friend who is a graphic designer, and he’s as adept with words as he is with images. Recently he said to me: ‘I don’t know how you get a book finished. I have all these ideas but my imagination’s like a rope that frays into too many ends.’

(You see what I mean? He should definitely write.)

‘Do you make notes?’ I asked.

‘Yes, but when I look at them they’re dry and dull.’

Aha, my friend. You’re making the wrong kind of notes.

The wrong kind of notes?

Years ago, I used to keep a dream diary. I found it a few months ago and expected the entries would be indulgent nonsense, without the meaning, resonance or early-morning mind that makes a dream a good experience. But no; in those fragments the experience came back, just as odd and wondrous. Now I’m not going to…

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What not to say to a writer

As a writer we are often faced with uncomfortable questions. Questions that can provoke a myriad of emotions.

So, how do you feel when someone drops one of those polite, yet painfully awkward, enquiries? Are you tortured? Indignant? Or just fed-up with the bizarre questions that come your way.

Well, now is your chance to let off a little steam. Why not join your fellow writers and take to twitter to vent your frustrations with the new #tag.


Some of the top picks here 🙂 BBC – Famous writers on what not to say