Dear reader, you have been ever so patient with me, I am so grateful.
I have decided to put together a little post on wonderful writerly quotes that give me comfort in those dark depressing moments when I think I am wasting time and should just burn the lot, erase the usb drive and delete all files called “Writing” on both computers.
“You start into it, inflamed by an idea, full of hope, full indeed of confidence. If you are properly modest, you will never write at all, so there has to be one delicious moment when you have thought of something, know just how you are going to write it, rush for a pencil, and start in exercise book buoyed up with exaltation. You then get into difficulties, don’t see your way out, and finally manage to accomplish more or less what you first meant to accomplish, though losing confidence all the time. Having finished it, you know it is absolutely rotten. A couple of months later you wonder if it may not be all right after all.” – Agatha Christie
You can change your story anytime you like. Just start a new chapter and begin again. It’s your story.
~Dorothy Mendoza Row
“Start early and work hard. A writer’s apprenticeship usually involves writing a million words (which are then discarded) before he’s almost ready to begin. That takes a while.”
I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter. ~James Michener
Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. ~Anton Chekhov
Write your first draft with your heart. Re-write with your head. ~From the movie Finding Forrester
I hate writing, I love having written. ~Dorothy Parker, may not be exact wording
It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous. ~Robert Benchley
“Writing is a lonely job. Having someone who believes in you makes a lot if difference. They don’t have to makes speeches. Just believing is usually enough.” ~ Stephen King
And finally –
Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia ~E.L. Doctorow