Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ten Quotes for Writers

It's 4:00PM on a Thursday and I'm still in my pajamas, so I thought this is the sort of day when a girl (or boy) needs inspirational writing quotes. I spent the morning grading/organizing, etc and have mush brain--but I haven't written a single word toward my current WIP--so this little "eye of the tiger" warm up is meant to get me pumped up for the main event (Today's word count goal: 2000!)

So for anyone else who finds that so often life gets in the way of writing, here are some quotes that will hopefully make it a little easier to approach the page:

Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now.
--Ernest Hemingway

“The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.”
—Philip Roth

“Cheat your landlord if you can and must, but do not try to shortchange the Muse. It cannot be done. You can’t fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal.”
—William S. Burroughs

“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.”
—George Orwell

“Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.”
—Larry L. King, WD

There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it’s like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges

--Ernest Hemingway

“I do not over-intellectualize the production process. I try to keep it simple: Tell the damned story.”
—Tom Clancy, WD

“When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.”
—Stephen King, WD

“I always start writing with a clean piece of paper and a dirty mind.”
—Patrick Dennis
“Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now.”
—Annie Dillard

So this is me, off to give it all, give it all now! Wishing  you a prodctive day as well :)


  1. Thank you so much for posting this. I was feeling stressed by a deadline, and that first quote from Hemingway made me feel SO much better!

  2. You're welcome! We all need a pick-me-up some time or another! :D Glad I could help. Wishing you luck with your deadline! :)