Sharing Some Thoughts on the ‘World of Writers’: Writers on the Writing Journey

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Article Title: Sharing Some Thoughts on the ‘World of Writers’: Writers on the Writing Journey
Shared by: Craig Lock
Key words (tags): writing, writing thoughts, writers on writing, writing tips, creative writing, the writing journey

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This article (as with all my articles) may be freely published, electronically or in print. If they make a difference in people’s lives by encouraging or bringing some joy to others, then I’m very happy.

“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”




These are some of my notes about “the writing journey”, that I have jotted down over the years; so sharing these thoughts, which may be included in a new “work”, “a labour of art and love”…

“I am a drinker with a writing problem.”
– Brendan Behan
“Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.
Jules Renard
– Hunter Thompson
“The best way to learn about a subject is to write a book about it.”
“I do my thinking through my fingers…and clarify them by typing them on my computer”
– me
“I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter.”JAMES MICHENER”The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and all time.”GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
“No author dislikes to be edited as much as he dislikes not to be published.”RUSSELL LYNES

“Literature’s greatest blessing is that it endows the reader with the grace and courage to face life’s mysteries.”
— Kate De Goldi (New Zealand author)

“There are no great writers; there are only great re-writers.”

– Ian Fleming (author of James Bond)

“Love is the answer to everything. It’s the only reason to do anything. If you don’t write stories you love, you’ll never make it. If you don’;t write stories that other people love, you’ll never make it.”

-Ray Bradbury, American writer, died recently age 91

“For many writers, perhaps most creative people, writing is a form of therapy, in which they are trying to make sense of the world they live in.”

May keep me sane then.

You don’t have to be crazy to live here, but it certainly helps!”

“Writers try to make sense of their lives through their ‘work’. Writing gives meaning to their lives and often their best writing is done in times of personal crisis. In these times an ‘effort-less style’ arises from a sense of loss, where sadness is the well-spring of a writer’s creativity.”


“I make art through using materials and words are my tools.”

“Art is at the highest reach of one s creative imagination.”

“Your only limits are your own imagination.”

Leonardo da Vinci once said: “Art is never finished, only abandoned.”

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”

– W. Somerset Maugham

The best style is the style you don’t notice.”
– W. Somerset Maugham

“I write because I simply HAVE to.”

“Writers help readers to see the world differently.”

“I write because something inside myself, inner and unconscious forces me to.” That is the first compulsion. The second is one of ethical and moral duty.”

“I write about and believe in the immense resilience of humanity – I truly believe in the triumph of the human spirit.”

– craig

Monty Python on novel writing

For a bit of “wacky” humour click on

“And now as I move into the next part of this journey, I know that it will soon be time for me to take my hands off this book and…”

Writing “in the zone”

“Suddenly I realised that I was no longer driving the car consciously. I was kind of driving by instinct, only I was in a different dimension. I was way over the limit; but still I was able to find even more. It frightened me, because I realised I was well beyond my conscious understanding.”

– the late, great Ayrton Senna

Writers, like racing drivers, challenge themselves and their readers in new ways, They find new niches. I want to continually test my own writing “limits”, the “boundaries of my imagination.”

I love writing about ‘ordinary’ (what’s that?) people doing extra-ordinary things. I find these stories hugely empowering and inspirational on my own journey “on the path less travelled”. I hope they may be uplifting, empowering and perhaps even inspirational to you too. Enjoy…

“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They already somehow know what you truly want to become.”

“I want to write the way Gilles Villeneuve drove and power-slid his blood-red Formula One Ferrari with wild enthusiasm and a sense of abandonment, combined with the artists craft of a Stirling Moss, a Jim Clark, and especially that of the great Ayrton Senna, living on the razor-blade edge of life.”

All the world will be happier and better, when the men and women have the souls of artists, like that of an Ayrton Senna.”

– craig (as inspired by Rodin’s famous words)

for dearest mom and dad, your spirits lives on (forever)

thanks for all the support, encouragement and especially love

“When you’re writing there are times when you feel it’s a bit of a struggle. However, at other times you’re in what is called ‘the zone’ and writing just feels effortless. This happens when finding the right words is no longer a struggle; but this heightened state, as with most crafts usually comes with practise. Then words simply flow into your head faster than you can write them down (or can press the keyboard). But you have to really push your writing limits to get this kind of experience. “

Then later you look what you’ve written and think: “Bloody hell. That’s good. Did I really write that seemingly without much effort? Wonder where all that came from (a cerebral thing or “outer space”!”

– A “nony-moose” writer

To the sounds of click on

“I really value words and the power of them to communicate effectively; so in my various stories try to illustrate and then let readers draw their own conclusions about a certain scenario, as well as the characters searching for their own values in an increasingly complex social and political landscape. However, I do feel an obligation to give a complete picture of the situation, which is often not a clear-cut ‘black or white’ issue (as in South Africa). I never want to proscribe how people should think and feel my only duty as a writer is to be totally honest.”

– me

“I write to give expression to a rather unusual set of life circumstances. So then, I’ll just have to write till I drop.”

“I hope, I trust that my various writings in the forms of words of encouragement and inspiration, offer a window, shining a light into the human condition.”

Imagination is the highest kite I can fly.”
– actress Lauren Bacall

“I want to write books that might change people’s lives. perhaps change the way they think and feel, so hopefully changing the reader’s life for the better in some way.”

“I DO believe that writers have certain obligations to their readers: whether it is to instruct, or entertain, or somehow to extend a person’s perceptions of life.”

“One writes to teach, to move or to delight.”
– Rodolphus Agricola

“I recognise my responsibility as a writer to write about things I deeply believe in, themes like God, social justice, human rights for all, ‘the beloved country’ of South Africa, the great human potential…and so on. And even if I’m not doing that, simply to provide an alternative voice to some character.”

“My writing mission is through my words to inform, illuminate, entertain, uplift, delight, as well as hopefully even inspiring people. I aim to do this by sharing my knowledge and life experiences – through supporting, encouraging and empowering others to be the best person they can possibly be.”
“I truly want to let the light shine through my words to impact and help others…to inspire people throughout our (sometimes happy and sometimes dark and sad, yet always beautiful and magical) world.”

“The music is in me and I simply want to, just have to get it out.”

Even if if you are totally “unmusical” (like me), share your unique gifts with the world

Shared by Craig Lock (“Information and Inspiration Distributer, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder”)

“I make art through using materials…and words are my effective power-tools.”

– craig

“Writers challenge themselves and their readers in new ways, They continually try to find new niches…so I want to continually test my own writing “limits”, the “boundaries of my imagination.”

– me

“I’d rather attempt something great and fail, rather than attempting nothing and succeed.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“Some people see things as they are and say ‘why?’. I see the dreams that never were and say ‘why not?'”
– Bobby Kennedy

About the submitter::

Craig believes in (and loves) sharing information and insights to try to make a difference in this world: to help and especially encourage people along life’s magical journey … and that brings him the greatest joy.

The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at: and

Craig’s brand new e-book The Driver, the Nurse and the Writer is already available at


“A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.”
– Chinese proverb

“I want to write the way Gilles Villeneuve drove and power-slid his blood-red Formula One Ferrari with wild enthusiasm and a sense of abandonment, combined with the artists craft of a Stirling Moss, a Jim Clark, and especially that of the great Ayrton Senna, living on the razor-blade edge of life.” “Together, one mind, one life at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, encourage, empower, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”

These thoughts may be freely published


“If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”


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2 Responses to “Sharing Some Thoughts on the ‘World of Writers’: Writers on the Writing Journey”

  1. craiglock Says:

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  2. craiglock Says:

    MANY MORE COMMENTS OVERNIGHT (and hundreds of thousands already on my other blogs blog…true!) …so hope it’s not slowing down your loading speed!). Am really pleased you are enjoying my writings, as the reason I write is to share.
    Am having to remove many and so sorry can’t reply individually, but DO try to read as many as possible daily
    so “thanks for the thanx”
    “As we live and move and have our being, so from this vision, we create heaven in our own lives… and perhaps even heaven on earth.”
    – craig (as inspired by Acts 17:28 and the words of Felicia Searcy)
    “Aim at the earth and you may not get off the ground.
    “Aim at the stars and you may reach the moon.”
    “Aim at heaven and you’ll have earth thrown in…
    and you may even hit the stars.”
    – craig (as inspired by the famous quote by CS Lewis – 24th May 2012)
    “When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
    – Leonardo da Vinci
    “If a man is called to be a street-sweeper,
    he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
    or Beethoven composed music, or
    Shakespeare wrote poetry.
    He should sweep streets so well
    that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say,
    here lived a great street sweeper
    who did his job well.”
    – Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

    The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at:

    All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –


    Instead of trying to reply to each one of you, I’ll just keep on writing
    “If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.” and and


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