1. “Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open. Your stuff starts out being just for you, in other words, but then it goes out. Once you know what the story is and get it right—as right as you can, any-way—it belongs to anyone who wants to read it.”
-Stephen King in ‘On Writing’
I find this quote very inspiring, especially when I struggle to revise and edit, wondering what to keep and what to cross out. I understand my responsibility for my writing to be meaningful because when I share it, it is no longer mine alone.
2. “Rereading old books that I love. I think the writing energizes and inspires me as much as it did the first time. I also watch a lot of TV. Immersing myself in other people’s stories really helps me.”
—Brandy Colbert, author of Pointe on how to defeat the writer’s block.
There are so many times I hit it, the writer’s block. The books I love always tell me the what and how and I come back brimming with ideas, wanting to recreate the magic.
3. “Originality is partly a matter of having your own influences: read evolutionary biology textbooks or the Old Testament, find your metaphors where no one’s looking, don’t belong. Or belong to the other world that is not quite this one, the world from which you send back your messages.”
– Rebecca Solnit, writer
I find this advice beautiful… Of belonging to another world because that is what I feel, when I spend too much time in my head.
4. “Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think, I’m not going to make it, but you laugh inside remembering all the times you’ve felt that way.”
– Charles Bukowski, poet.
This relates to life and to disappointments and to the misery we feel occasionally. I may feel that when I am trying to write something ambitious but I always remember that I have been able to finish and that it turned out alright.
5. “We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.”
– Toni Morrison, in her Nobel lecture, 1993.
This is the only true reason that I am inspired to write. To create a measure for my life.
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