“Writers don’t make any money at all.” ― Donald Miller

On Writing, Quotes

Writers don’t make any money at all. We make about a dollar. It is terrible. But then again we don’t work either. We sit around in our underwear until noon then go downstairs and make coffee, fry some eggs, read the paper, read part of a book, smell the book, wonder if perhaps we ourselves should work on our book, smell the book again, throw the book across the room because we are quite jealous that any other person wrote a book, feel terribly guilty about throwing the schmuck’s book across the room because we secretly wonder if God in heaven noticed our evil jealousy, or worse, our laziness. We then lie across the couch facedown and mumble to God to forgive us because we are secretly afraid He is going to dry up all our words because we envied another man’s stupid words. And for this, as I said, we are paid a dollar. We are worth so much more.

Taken from Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality by Donald Miller

“Writing is selection.” — John McPhee

On Writing, Quotes

Writing is selection. Just to start a piece of writing you have to choose one word and only one from more than a million in the language. Now keep going. What is your next word? Your next sentence, paragraph, section, chapter? Your next ball of fact. You select what goes in and you decide what stays out.

Taken from Writing by Omission, a piece by John McPhee in The New Yorker

Hello!

On Writing

I am starting this blog as a way to continue my blogging journey and to explore my interest in flower arrangement.

My first blog post was in 2002, over at the now-defunct Blurty.com. That was during my school days when LiveJournal.com was cool and Blogspot.com was quickly gaining attention.

I moved to WordPress.com in 2009 and continued blogging until last year when I made the decision to move on. I created a website on Squarespace.com, had my own domain name and maintained the site for a year.

Now that I’m at the crossroads of managing my online presence, I decided to return to WordPress.com. Since I am using @jazziegoh for both Twitter and Instagram, it was a no-brainer what the name of my new blog should be.

This will be a way for me to reflect and talk about my work as a writer, my Christian faith, and random musings that hit me. I will also be posting photos of buildings, flowers, and my travels. I hope that this space will grow together with me, and that you enjoy your stay here.