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Thirteen inspirational quotes about writing

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All over the world people will spend today screaming into pillows, downing shots of whisky, consuming vast quantaties of chocolate and misplacing apostrophes left, right and centre. For today marks the beginning of NaNoWriMo 2012, when everyone and their dog attempts to write a novel in just one month.

So for those struggling to get going (myself included!) here are thirteen inspirational quotes about writing from people who know far about the profession than you or I.

“You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it”
~ Neil Gaiman ~

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”
~ Anaïs Nin ~

“Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college.”
~ Kurt Vonnegut ~

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
~ Anton Chekhov ~

“Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: it’s always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.”
~ Neil Gaiman ~

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”
~ William Wordsworth ~

“To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the music words make.”
~ Truman Capote ~

“Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say “infinitely” when you mean “very;” otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.”
~ C.S. Lewis ~

“Read, read, read. Read everything-trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the most. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out the window.”
~ William Faulkner ~

“There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.”
~ Beatrix Potter ~

To write something, you have to risk making a fool of yourself.
~Anne Rice ~

“But this I know; the writer who possesses the creative gift owns something of which he is not always master–something that at times strangely wills and works for itself. He may lay down rules and devise principles, and to rules and principles it will perhaps for years lie in subjection; and then, haply without any warning of revolt, there comes a time when it will no longer consent.”
~ Charlotte Brontë ~

“The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible”
~ Vladimir Nabokov ~

You can follow my NaNoWriMo adventure by reading Little Bit of Red. Even though I’ve yet to write a single word (yay, procrastination!) I am determined to get the first part up by midnight tonight!

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7 thoughts on “Thirteen inspirational quotes about writing

  1. NaNoWriMo! I tried that once (okay, twice) but I never finished.
    Good Luck to You, Addy – I’m looking forward to following your writing!

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  2. Oh I do like your list, so many I don’t know which one I like best!!!

    Mines up as well at AussiePomm – Blind Photography!!!!

    Have a great day!!

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  3. Some good quotes there, some of which I’ve seen before. I like the Wordsworth and Gaiman ones. Good luck with NANO!

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  4. Good luck to you. I did not register for NANo but I am starting my novel today, too. I already have it plotted out and the characters sketched, now to the actual writing of the thing.

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  5. I can use some of those. Thanks!

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  6. These are all good, but I will not abide ANYONE, even the esteemed Mr V, saying ANYTHING NEGATIVE about my beloved semicolons.

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