Hi SEers, it is John with you today. We are going to take a little time out for a mental health break. Yup, that’s right. There comes a time when we all need to sit back and have someone tell us about the writing life. We know it can be a struggle, but all too often, we can’t find anyone who will sympathize with how we feel. After all, to most people writing looks like something that anyone can do, and most writers choose to do it, so it’s like a self-inflicted dose of pain.
I went on a hunt for some words from famous authors about the subject of writing. I stumbled upon The Writer’s College. They have a blog, and there was a post on famous quotes by writers. The reason for the post was to provide inspiration and courage to keep writing. This sounded swell to me, so I clicked on the LINK and found wise words from famous authors. Today I’m going to share some of them, and hopefully, there will be one that resonates. Here they are. If you want to see all of them, visit the link.
- A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit ~ Richard Bach
- I only write when I’m inspired, so I see that I’m inspired every morning at nine o’clock. ~ Peter De Vries
- Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work. ~ Steven King
- It’s none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way. ~ Ernest Hemingway
- Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers. ~ Ray Bradbury
- Every writer I know has trouble writing. ~ Joseph Heller
- The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better. ~ Stephen King
- There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. ~ W. Somerset Maugham
- I try to write a certain amount each day, five days a week. A rule sometimes broken is better than no rule. ~ Herman Wouk
- Beginning a novel is always hard. It feels like going nowhere. I always have to write at least 100 pages that go into the trashcan before it finally begins to work. It’s discouraging, but necessary to write those pages. I try to consider them pages -100 to zero of the novel. ~ Barbara Kingsolver
- A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. ~Thomas Mann
- The miraculous connection between writing and the immune system results from cracking through inhibition. It seems that when we don’t speak the truth of our experience, we inhibit our emotions, and that inhibits our immune function. Keeping secrets and maintaining denial requires physical energy, energy our bodies could use in healthier ways were it available. ~ Peggy Tabor Millin
- If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor. ~ Edgar Rice Burroughs
- Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the Internet. ~ Anon
- If you wait for inspiration to write, you’re not a writer, you’re a waiter.” ~ Dan Poynter.
- My first feeling was that there was no way to continue. Writing isn’t like math; in math, two plus two always equals four no matter what your mood is like. With writing, the way you feel changes everything. ~ Stephenie Meyer
- There is no greater threat to the critics and cynics and fearmongers than those of us who are willing to fall because we have learned how to rise. ~ Brené Brown
Isn’t it comforting to know that some well-known authors share some of the same challenges with writing? Then, at least we all know we are not alone.
How about you? Do you have any feelings about writing that you would like to express? Let us know in the comments. Thank you so much for your visit today. I hope you all have a super weekend