Hello fellow writers. Happy Friday.
It’s been a funny old week hasn’t it with various things going on. One thing is certain for me though; there has been plenty to inspire stories.
One of the other things that I find inspires and motivates me are quotes.
I know that inspirational and motivational sayings are not everyone’s cup of tea. (My friend hates them,) but you should find whatever helps you (especially if you’re new to writing.)
I wanted to share some of my favourite quotes about writing. I hope they help someone out there to pick up that pen or open that laptop (note to self, take own advice.)
This is a list of my favourites. If you have one that is not listed here, let me know in the comments.
‘It always seems impossible until it’s done.’ – Nelson Mandela.
(This is one that comes to mind when I am trying to begin. It is always overwhelming when I read all these published novels and think that my yet unwritten first draft is never going to be as good. The thing to remember….. all these published novels started off like mine and yours.)
‘It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.’ – Walt Disney
(This is along the same lines as the first one and I remember it to remind me to have fun whilst writing and to not allow uncertainty cloud the fun element.)
‘It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.’ – Ernest Hemmingway.
(I can’t explain why this quote stood out. Maybe because, as a new writer, it’s easy to forget that writing a novel is going to be hard work and that there isn’t any magic formula to writing a novel other than sitting down and teaching yourself to write by writing.)
When asked ‘How do I write?’ I invariably answer ‘one word at a time.’ – Stephen King.
(I just love the brilliance of this one. Pretty much speaks for itself.)
‘Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the only thing you have to offer.’ – Barbara Kingsolver
(I know I get bogged down with finding my voice but worried that it doesn’t look like anything else that is available which is definitely the wrong way to go about writing. This quote is perfect from when you need to trust your own voice.)
Anything is possible if you’ve got enough nerve.’ – J.K Rowling.
(Jo Rowling has said so many wonderful things over the years but this one sticks with me. She began to write Potter when she was pretty low on her luck.)
‘I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.’ – Douglas Adams.
(The one to leave you with. Enough said.)