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I find writing inspiration from as many sources as possible. I read to inspire my muse. I watch movies to foster ideas in my imagination. I listen to conversations to perfect dialogue. I practice writing from prompt exercises. But one of my favorite past times is reading famous writer’s quotes. It’s a great source of inspiration, and influence to read the thoughts of those who share our passion. Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite quotes. I hope they spark an understanding and a renewed commitment to your work.
If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.
Practice, practice, practice writing. Writing is a craft that requires both talent and acquired skills. You learn by doing, by making mistakes and then seeing where you went wrong.
Jeffrey A. Carver
Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.
If there is a special Hell for writers it would be in the forced contemplation of their own works.
John Dos Passos
In going where you have to go, and doing what you have to do, and seeing what you have to see, you dull and blunt the instrument you write with. But I would rather have it bent and dull and know I had to put it on the grindstone again and hammer it into shape and put a whetstone to it, and know I had something to write about, than to have it bright and shining and nothing to say, or smooth and well-oiled in the closet, but unused."
Keep in mind that the person to write for is yourself. Tell the story that you most desperately want to read.
I see the notion of talent as quite irrelevant. I see instead perseverance, application, industry, assiduity, will, will, will, desire, desire, desire.
Recollection is the only paradise from which we cannot be turned out.
Jean Paul Richter
But words are things, and a small drop of ink, falling like dew upon a thought, produces that which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.
The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.
If the sex scene doesn't make you want to do it - whatever it is they're doing – it hasn’t been written well.
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!
Opportunity dances with those who are already on the dance floor.
H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Never let inexperience get in the way of ambition.
I am a part of all I have read.
Share some of your favorite quotes. Where are some unexpected places you’ve found inspiration? Write an original quote to inspire your fellow writers.