The next time you write, yet feel uninspired, nervous, or discouraged, remember these great words of advice:
"Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader—not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon."
Leonard S. Bernstein:
"Inspiration is wonderful when it happens, but the writer must develop an approach for the rest of the time…The wait is simply too long."
"Usually, when people get to the end of a chapter, they close the book and go to sleep. I deliberately write my books so when the reader gets to the end of a chapter, he or she must turn one more page. When people tell me I've kept them up all night, I feel like I've succeeded!"
"Words are sacred. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones in the right order, you can nudge the world a little..."
“Write the kind of story you would like to read. People will give you all sorts of advice about writing, but if you are not writing something you like, no one else will like it either.”
“What I had to face, the very bitter lesson that everyone who wants to write has got to learn, was that a thing may in itself be the finest piece of writing one has ever done, and yet have absolutely no place in the manuscript one hopes to publish.”
"You fail only if you stop writing."
"You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club."
Beth Mende Conny:
"Whether or not you get a single word on paper, the sun will rise, the earth will spin, the universe will expand. Writing is forever and always a choice—your choice."
"The great art of writing is knowing when to stop."
Thanks to Karlene Browning at LibrisPro for rounding up these amazing quotes!