Journal, The Happy Writer

Favorite Writing Quotes

I used to be a glass-half-empty kind of person, but that’s changed over the years.  Sometimes I still struggle to maintain positivity, but today it’s sunny outside, the cherry blossoms are blooming, and my dear husband E is finally home from his trip. It’s a good day.

In the spirit of positivity, here are a few quotes that can apply to writing as well as life:

ADVICE TO A NEW WRITER: There are no rules in this profession. Do what is good for you. Read books and watch films that stimulate your writing. In your writing, go where the pain is; go where the pleasure is; go where the excitement is. Believe in your own original approach, voice, characters, story. Ignore critics. HAVE NERVE. BE STUBBORN.
~ Anne Rice

(The Olympian Creed) Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.
~ Thomas Carlyle

There’s a word for a writer who never gives up… published.
~ Joe Konrath

You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
~ Jack London

I sense a theme… maybe it’s due to where I am in the writing process, which is at the beginning of a very long road. Though if I think about it, I have really just have two personal motto’s when it comes to writing: there’s always more to learn, and write honestly. Writing honestly is easier said than done.

7 Comments

  1. Lua

    We’re standing at the same point, you and I- that is, at the beginning of a very long road 🙂 So good thing we have our optimism with us!
    I love that quote by Jack London; I’m a firm believer that inspiration comes when you discipline yourself to sit down and write EVERY DAY.
    “write honestly” is one of the best advice a writer can get, but it’s also one of the hardest one to apply…

  2. You know. There is also another one ‘Success is 99% hard work & 1% talent’. I may be misquoting & I have forgotten the person, who said that, but it is quite true that talent alone cannot help you. This is where the stubborn work-oriented attitude comes into play and gets you published.

  3. I’m hopeful that there’s some general truth in the quote from Konrath.

    The credo that I’ve been working under is “There is only one thing under my control: my writing.” I use this to remind myself that I have to write well, that I have to improve. Constant improvement is the only thing that will give me a chance at actually getting my work published.

    The other credo I sometimes use: “Yes. I really am that good.” Just a reminder that I am already a good writer, and if I get better I have a shot at becoming a really good writer.

    1. Hehe, I tell myself I’m decent and that I’m smart (I’m not sure if I could say I’m good)… but if I keep working at it, I could be great. I’m one that believes that hard work can get you wherever you want, and that you should never becoming complacent. I suppose that’s because I work in the software industry, where if you don’t keep up to speed, you’re out of a job.

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