Warm Fuzzies & Short Stories

Do you know the story of warm fuzzies? It’s a simple little tale of giving rather than keeping. There are half a dozen versions floating around out there. I’m sure many parents are familiar with it, but just in case… it all basically boils down to this.

At birth, everyone receives a bag full of warm fuzzies that they can give to other people. They used to give them away freely until a mean old witch convinced people to hoard their warm fuzzies, lest they run out. Instead, she encouraged them to give out cold pricklies. This made everyone less happy, but they didn’t want to run out of warm fuzzies. Eventually a prince came along, giving out warm fuzzies to everyone he met. When asked why he wasn’t worried about running out he explained that you can never run out of warm fuzzies. Every time you give a warm fuzzy to someone else, a new one appears in your bag. So everyone started giving out warm fuzzies again and became much happier.

While it’s a sweet little tale with a happy lesson, what can we really learn from it (as writers)?

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Helpful Programs

So sometime near the start of this year I started to explore the use of some programs for writers. I’d sort of toyed with the idea of making use of the various helpful writing programs and apps out there for a while now, but had never really done much with it. It was always sort of a ‘later’ project to find good programs I’d want to use. Especially considering that I didn’t want to be paying a ton of money for something I was going to end up hating or not using (so free was always an added bonus).

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Quotes to Start the Week Off Right

So I hope everybody had a good weekend! I didn’t get any writing down ’cause I was busy working, which is a bit of a bummer, but it’s the start of a new week! The first full week of March! So, to help kick this week off, here are some quotes from various people (authors, artists, etc.), in no real order, that I find can inspire me. Or sometimes they just make me smile and chuckle. Enjoy!

  • The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress -Philip Roth
  • Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up. -Pablo Picasso
  • To gain your own voice, you have to foget about having it heard. -Allen Ginsberg
  • Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it. -Salvador Dali

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