Writing is difficult. If it wasn’t, so many more people would do it. To combine all of your thoughts, feelings, opinions, aspirations, plots, characters and grammar into a woven piece of art that will touch your audience, satisfy your need to create and share your story is a mammoth undertaking.
I’m not sure if I’m the only one, but sometimes (a lot of the times) I’m scared of this challenge. I don’t think of it in bite sized, manageable pieces. I dream about a series of unforgettable novels that shape childhoods. It helps me to get advice from my favorite authors. Of course, I’ve never met them, so Google helps me a great deal in that apartment. Their novels also leave bread crumbs of how they feel about the world and what makes them tick.
It inspires me. I hope you feel the same way. I’ve complied a little sampling of some of my favorite quotes from some of the authors who have impacted me.
“I could not sit seriously down to write a serious romance under any other motive than to save my life, and if it were indispensable for me to keep it up and never relax into laughing at myself or other people, I am sure I should be hung before I had finished the first chapter. No - I must keep my own style and go on in my own way; and though I may never succeed again in that, I am convinced that I should totally fail in any other.”
Jane Austen's Letters
“Sometimes, you have to stop trying to force it, walk away and let your subconscious show you the way. Fill up on life for a while.” JK Rowling
“Maybe some writers enjoy the first draft—the part of the writing process when anything is possible, and you’re out there forging your own path. I hate that part. All I can think about when I’m starting a book are all the words I haven’t written yet. I actually feel them, hanging around my neck, tugging at me.” Rainbow Rowell
“Today I shall behave as if this is the day I will be remembered.” Dr Seuss
“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already.” JK Rowling
“We can't take any credit for our talents. It's how we use them that counts.” Madeleine L’Engle