Michille: Motivational Quotes

GotMotivationStaying motivated as a writer is sometimes difficult. One of the things I’ve done in my office is post motivational quotes to keep me going. As I am in a bad writing spot at the moment, I need them. Here are some of my favorites:

  • “You can fix anything but a blank page.” Nora Roberts
  • “The first draft of anything is shit.” Ernest Hemingway
  • “It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.” C. J. Cherryh
  • “Easy reading is damn hard writing.” Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” Ernest Hemingway
  • “There was a moment when I changed from an amateur to a professional. I assumed the burden of a profession, which is to write even when you don’t want to, don’t much like what you’re writing, and aren’t writing particularly well.” Agatha Christie
  • “Literature — creative literature — unconcerned with sex, is inconceivable.” Gertrude Stein
  • “Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” Mark Twain
  • “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” Anton Chekhov
  • “I try to leave out the parts that people skip.” Elmore Leonard
  • “Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.” E.L. Doctorow

And since I found these on the internet, please forgive me if they aren’t exactly correct or attributed to the wrong person. Do you have favorite motivational quotes?

One thought on “Michille: Motivational Quotes

  1. I really like the Elmore Leonard quote about not writing the parts people tend to skip. While it sounds flippant at first blush, it is, IMHO, truly sage advice. I’m about to start yet another revision of what I thought was a previous (read: finished) WIP, and will be re-reading it in its entirety, looking for those easily skip-able parts that can be axed.

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