I love quotes. I look at them when I wake up every morning, and I love to find new ones. On my english binder I have a bunch of quotes that motivate me to write. I thought I might as well share them. Who knows? Some people might enjoy them like I do.
1) “Look at the blank pages before you with courage.”
Don’t be discouraged or scared when you’re about to write and all you get is a blank stare. Go ahead and write with full force. Get some words out, and it won’t be blank anymore.
2) “Editing is like killing your story and then very slowly bringing it back to life.”
Oh my gosh, the amount of times I run out of ink when I’m crossing stuff out. To be honest, editing is my favorite part, because it’s like you’re really making the story jump off the page. I once edited a story so much that I eliminated a main character from the whole story. It was worth it.
3) “Write like the wind.”
This. This simple little quote, just makes me smile. It’s simple and sweet, and seems to always push me when I need a good shove.
4) “Writing is a craft. It’s a lot of work and your work is always evolving. If you want to be a better writer, you must write more and read often.”
Seriously! I don’t understand when people say they’re bad writers, but don’t even write. I’m not saying you have to write every day, but take some time out of your week to just sit down and write. Don’t lose your focus. Reading is also such an important detail. You can’t be a writer if you don’t read what’s around you. Our writing is honestly always changing. I look at my old stories and shutter sometimes. It was good back then, but it’s horrid compare to what I know now.
5) “The desire to write grows with writing.”
Have you ever started writing just to finish a chapter and then not want to stop? You probably have, but I love that feeling. I stay up so late writing. It takes priority over homework for me. Bad, I know, but writing is worth it.
6) “A day in which I don’t write leaves a taste of ashes.”
Before I go to bed, I like to reflect on my day. I get sick in my stomach when I realize I didn’t get to write even though I promised I would. I’m not going to lie, I get distracted really easily, but then I feel guilty and get out of bed, even if it means writing one crappy paragraph. I can always fix it later.
7) “Writers turn dreams into print.”
I take this in so many different ways. I’ll stick with the fact that most of my ideas actually come from dreams I remember when I wake up. Also, when I want something to happen really badly, why not make my own version. That way, I know I’ll be happy with how it turns out… hopefully.
8) “Writer’s Block: When your imaginary friends won’t talk to you.”
YES! This is one of my favorite quotes! When I have to make a conversation between characters I will record myself talking as both characters. Half the time it’s stupid, but it turns into a natural conversation. Yes, I talk to myself. Yes, I’m insane. Welcome to the realm of writing known as madness, my friends.
9) “If I waited till I felt like writing, I’d never write at all.”
There are days when I really don’t want to write, whether it be because I’m tired, or not at the point I want to write, or whatever it may be. If I don’t write though I’ll never get to the point I want to be at. It’ll also just remain in a blank stage with no change. Boring. I mean, think of your poor characters, frozen in time. Help them out! They’re getting a bit stiff.
10) “It is impossible to discourage the real writers–they don’t give a damn what you say, they’re going to write.”
I get discouraged. I know there are so many writers that are better than me, but I idolize them. I want to be a great writer like them. I don’t care if I’m not the best. I’ll keep getting better. If I want to write, I’m going to write.
11) “I don’t remember deciding to become a writer. You decide to become a dentist or a postman. For me, writing is like being gay. You finally admit that this is who you are, and come out and hope that no one runs away.”
I don’t really know what to say about this. I love this quote, but I think it speaks for itself. You don’t decide to be a writer. You write? You write. Cool. Great. Keep doing it. Do you.
12) “You can make anything by writing.”
Harry Potter. Twilight. The Hunger Games. Percy Jackson. Enough said. (Yes, there are many more. I know. Please don’t say I forgot ____. There are way too many to name. I’m leaving out some of my favorites too.)
13) “If you can quit, then quit. If you can’t quit, then you’re a writer.”
You can’t not write. There are just too many ideas. It’s too difficult to get away from.
14) “Write about what you don’t know. Research, invent. Write about people of other ages, sexes, nationalities, and periods in history.”
If you write about something new, that will make you excited. You’ll be learning and teaching your readers as well. Be excited! Try new ideas. Be original. Be unique. Be weird.
15) “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”
If you’re bored with your story, chances are your readers will be too. Keep things spontaneous.
16) “If you’re going to be a writer, the first essential step is to just write. Do not wait for an idea. Start writing something and the ideas will come. You have to turn the faucet on before the water starts to flow.”
You can’t expect things to suddenly fall into place. Don’t freak out and stress. Just let your thoughts fall onto the page. You can organize everything later. That’s where editing and revising comes into play.
17) “Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for the love of it. Then you do it for a few friends. And finally you do it for money.”
I have no words, except for the fact that this makes me laugh and smile every time.
18) “A writer never has a vacation. For a writer, life consists of either writing or thinking about writing.”
… I sang in amazing churches in Europe over the summer like Notre Dame and the Sistine Chapel. I still wrote every day on that trip.
19) “Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters.”
Be proud of what you’ve accomplished! It’s always a big step. There are no little steps. A step is a step.
20) “Sometimes I get the start of a story from a memory, but that gets lost and is usually unrecognizable in the final story.”
You’re never going to end up with what you started with. Your thoughts change. Your views change.
21) “Writing is an escape and a passion.”
Writing is like a portal into whatever world your story takes place in. It’s a passion, because of the excitement and happiness it brings.
22) “You might not writer well everyday, but you can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.”
Don’t not write. Don’t get discouraged. Write. Just write.
23) “Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.”
This often scares me. I get anxious when I let other people read my stories, because it’s like they’re looking inside of me, but it’s also a form of therapy for me. It’s like I’m letting go of a balloon with my secret tied to it.
24) “You fail only if you stop writing.”
You can always go back and fix mistakes. Don’t give up. It’s okay to put things aside, but don’t give up. You may only keep a page or a line, but don’t get rid of all your work.
25) “A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”
It isn’t just writing. It’s an art. There are so many ideas, choices, options. You have to make it perfect. You can’t leave gaps or loose ends, unless it’s planned. It’s difficult.
26) “If I don’t write to empty my mind, I go mad.”
A writer is an artist. We have so many thoughts swirling around in our minds. We need to let them out somewhere.
27) “I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of.”
Every story, character, scene is an extension of the writer himself/herself. It’s like exploring uncrossed territory. It’s an adventure. There are going to be tasks, but I’ll overcome them.