Another Writing Question

Here is something for all newbie writer’s to ponder. What makes you write? Understanding your need to write goes a long way towards helping you get the flow going. Do you write to release your feelings? Do you use it as a form of escape? Do you dream of getting punlished and becoming famous or do you just wish to be published to see your name in print?

What are your goals as a writer? Defining your goals is a big step in reaching them. We all know we can’t accomplish something if we don’t know what that something is. So, today, I want you all to do some soul searching. Once you have figured out your motivation and goals for writing, put them down on paper and display it close by your writing area.

Everyday, when you sit down to write, re-read this goal statement. Then you will know why you write and where you aim to get with your writing!

Keep on writing!

Word of the Day Tuesday March 25, 2008 Courtesy of

repine \rih-PINE\, intransitive verb:
1. To feel or express discontent.
2. To long for something.

Even Hancock, though he might regret the source of this sudden wealth, could not repine at its consequences.
— David Nokes, Jane Austen: A Life

Deserted at birth by his natural father, sentenced at the age of 11 to Colored Waif’s Home in New Orleans, Armstrong did not repine; instead, he returned love for hatred and sought salvation through work.
— Terry Teachout, “Top Brass”, New York Times, August 3, 1997

One may repine over the ineffectiveness of the policies applied to Iraq without quite giving up hope that in some way not visible now Saddam has been undermined.
— Martin Woollacott, “Iraq’s devastation is due to Saddam, not sanctions”, The Guardian, February 23, 2001

Thus 250 years ago the philosopher David Hume bemoaned the lack of economic cooperation among countries, blaming the “narrow malignity and envy of nations, which can never bear to see their neighbors thriving, but continually repine at any new efforts towards industry made by any other nation.”
— Benjamin Schwarz, “Why America Thinks It Has to Run the World”, The Atlantic, June 1996

Repine is re- (from the Latin) + pine, from Old English pinian, “to torment,” ultimately from Latin poena, “penalty, punishment.” Entry and Pronunciation for repine

Writing Tip Reminder

Just a reminder for those reading these tips. Don’t forget to add to your character name, character traits, and new word books every day. If you come across a new word you want to share, please feel free to post it with a definition as a comment! Keep on writing!