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10 quotes by Author Bryce Courtenay that will Inspire you

10 quotes by Author Bryce Courtenay that will Inspire you

Bryce Courtenay was one of the most successful and loved authors of a generation. He began his writing career later in life following a rewarding career in advertising. He was born in South Africa and then studied in London where he met his first wife Benita. They emigrated to Australia in the late 1950s and had three sons.

His youngest son Damon was born with hemophilia; a disease that prevents blood from clotting. He died at the age of 24 on 1st April 1991, from AIDS related complications after contracting HIV, transmitted to him through a blood transfusion. Bryce and his wife divorced in 2000 and Benita died in 2007. Bryce lived in Canberra with his second wife Christine Gee until he died in November 2012 from gastric cancer.

He is most well known for his book The Power of One, which was also made into a film. It started out as a ‘practice’ book. Bryce researched what made a popular author and discovered that most writers achieved success with their fourth book. He planned to write three practice books and publish his fourth. The Power of One was his first manuscript and he used the bulk of paper to prop up a door. A friend asked to read it and sold it to a publisher at a writers’ convention for six figures! He didn’t envisage that his first book would be the first of 21 number one best sellers written in 23 years; selling all up around 25 million books translated into 28 different languages.

He also wrote a book called April Fool’s Day about his son Damon. It was one of his only non fiction books and told us so much about his early life, his career, but mostly his family and their experience dealing with Damon’s illness and his subsequent death. Bryce calls it a love story, but it was so much more.

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He has written many books set in his birth country South Africa and his home country Australia. His vivid historical narrative, his rich and dynamic characters and the humanity in his writing has made him a national treasure in Australia and a popular and successful author world wide. As well as many epic sagas, Bryce Courtenay also wrote short stories and his historical novel Jessica was made into an Australian mini series.

One of the last books published in his name is called The Silver Moon. It is a compilation of reflections and short stories about his life, his writing and his death. Bryce Courtenay was diagnosed with cancer in September 2012 and was told he had only two months to live. He died the following November. He was grateful to have been given the time to reflect deeply upon his life, something he did as habit anyway and ponder the prospect of his looming demise. He was given the opportunity to farewell his family and friends; his beloved pets and his cherished garden.

Bryce Courtenay wrote his grand novels over the course of a year and his books were usually released in November in time for the holiday season, making them the perfect gift. On a number of occasions, I personally received more than one at a time as presents; friends and family knowing I was anticipating his latest release. His advice to writers is outlined in detail in The Silver Moon. He professed to write from the early morning to the evening every single day until the book was finished and said that writing was hard work. He tells writers that if you put in the time, do the research and choose your cherished words carefully, it can be done.

In many ways, for someone who wrote so many profound words and spoke as many, Bryce Courtenay was a simple man. Of himself he said to The Age newspaper in July 1997, as quoted in The Silver Moon:

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‘In the end, if someone says, “Here lies Bryce Courtenay, a storyteller”, my life will have been worthwhile.’

Here are 10 quotes by author Bryce Courtenay that will inspire you:

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                      How to Quit Your Boring Life and Start Living an Interesting One

                      How to Quit Your Boring Life and Start Living an Interesting One

                      Think you have a boring life?

                      The definition of boring is dull or not interesting. Maybe you’ve been doing the same thing and living the same life for too long, or maybe your daily routine is limiting your growth and happiness. Whatever your reason is, the following list of 20 things can definitely make any day more interesting. Some of them are silly, while some are more meaningful, so hopefully just reading the list makes your life less boring and sparks your creativity.

                      Let’s dive in the list to quit your boring life and start living an interesting (and meaning) one!

                      1. Channel Your 7-Year-Old Self

                      What would he or she want to do right now? Color? Paint? Run around outside? Play dress up? Eat with your hands? Play that instrument hiding in the back of your closet that you haven’t touched in years?

                      Just because you’re a grown up doesn’t mean any of this stuff will be less enjoyable than you remember it. Give yourself permission to play.

                      2. Go Play with Kids

                      Speaking of little kids, if you have your own or access to any (in a non-creepy way, like they’re your niece or your best friend’s kid, you get the idea) go play with them!

                      They didn’t create an entire show called Kids Say The Darndest Things because kids aren’t hilarious. They also keep things so simple, and we can really stand to be reminded of this and stop allowing ourselves to get bogged down in boring details.

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                      3. Order a Hot Dog

                      While you’re eating it, Google: “What’s in a hot dog?” You decide whether or not you want to finish it.

                      4. For the Ladies: Wear Your Sexiest Lingerie Under Your Work Clothes

                      Your “little secret” will leave you feeling anything but boring all day!

                      5. Play Cell Phone Roulette

                      You’ll need at least one buddy for this. Scroll through the contacts in your phone, stop on a random one and call the person.

                      You could spark an incredible catch up session or be incredibly awkward. Neither are boring.

                      6. Fill out a Pack of Thank-You Cards

                      Give them to random people who probably don’t get thanked too often for doing what they do ever day.

                      Ideas: police officers, librarians, servers, baristas, cab drivers, sanitation workers, teachers, people behind any check out counter, receptionists, your friends, the guy at the falafel stand, etc.

                      7. Sign up for a Class in Something You’ve “Always Wanted to Do”, or Something That Makes You Really Uncomfortable

                      Ideas: pole dancing, salsa lessons, improv, pottery, cooking, knitting (yup, there are classes for this, too!), karate, boxing, something techy like the workshops they run in Apple stores, get Rosetta Stone and learn that language you’ve always wanted to speak, etc.

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                      What’s good about joining an interest class is that you will also meet new people!

                      8. Interview Your Grandparents About Their Lives

                      You can bet they’ve had some crazy experiences you probably never knew about.

                      9. Get up on Stage at an Open Mic Night

                      Whether you’re funny or not, get up on stage and just talk funny. And if you’re not, memorize a few of your favorite jokes and tell those!

                      10. Do Something for Someone Else That You Wish Someone Would Do for You

                      We all have a few ideas on this list. I promise you will feel amazing after and anything but bored.

                      11. Start a DIY Project in Your Home

                      It doesn’t have to be super complicated. If you need ideas, there’re plenty on Pinterest. Or you can also check out these 30 Awesome DIY Projects that You’ve Never Heard of.

                      12. Plan a Weekend Trip or an All-Out Vacation

                      This will give you something to look forward to.

                      Even if you don’t have the time or money to go on a vacation, plan for a staycation, which is same fun and relaxing!

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                      13. People Watch

                      Find a bench in a crowded area (centers of transportation like airports, bus stops and train stations are great for this!) and just observe.

                      People are infinitely interesting.

                      14. Eat Something You’ve Never Eaten Before

                      Bonus points if it’s a random fruit or veggie.

                      15. Dance

                      You can get your friends together for a night on the town or just pull up a video on YouTube and bust a move from your own living room.

                      If you’re feeling extra brave, you can even dance in public and get other people involved.

                      16. Go to YOUTUBE and Search “Funny Pets” or “Funny Babies”

                      This is also a great quickie ab workout as you will be laughing hysterically.

                      17. Pick up a Book and Start Reading

                      Check out the NY Times Best Sellers lists and grab a new book you can get lost in.

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                      18. Step Away from the Computer and Go Get Some Time with People You Care About in Real Life

                      Facebook stalking doesn’t count as real social interaction. You can even share this post with your friends and vote on which one you’d like to do together!

                      19. Check out a Museum You’ve Never Been to Before

                      OK, depending on your interests, this one might actually be boring. If you love learning, art or different cultures though, this one is for you!

                      20. Write a List of Things You Desire and Truly Want

                      This is a great way to help you figure out the real reason why you’re feeling bored about your life. Maybe you haven’t really done things that you truly enjoy? Maybe what you’ve wanted to do all the time has been left behind?

                      Think about the list of things you really want to do, and ask yourself why you aren’t doing these things (yet). Then start taking your first step to make what you want happen.

                      Now go make your life interesting and live your dream life!

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