Encouragement from Writers TO Writers

Frankly, this post is going to be more for me than anybody else. I will be listing several (and I mean several) quotes of advice that I have found from authors intended for those who wish to become one. I have officially started my novel (again), and I am determined to actually finish it this time. Whenever I need a little boost of encouragement, I’ll come back to this post and get it from the people that know what I’m going through best.

If you’re a freelance writer or if you need some inspiration for a school assignment, this may be for you. Just skim through the list below and blindly point out a quote to give you the little boost you need. If you’re not a writer, well… maybe you’ll have more luck with my next post.

Quotes of Encouragement from Writers to WritersΒ (in no particular order):

1. “Write day by day, line by line, page by page, hour by hour. Do this despite fear. For above all else, beyond imagination and skill, what the world asks of you is courage, courage to risk rejection, ridicule, and failure.” – Robert McKee

2. “Very few writers actually know what they’re doing until they’ve done it.” – Anne Lamott

3. “Writing a book is always hard work. It is much easier to think of new ideas. You’ll get to the middle of the manuscript, and you’ll think ‘Oh, this is too hard. I think I will start another book instead and that’ll be easier.’ DON’T. That new book won’t be any easier.” – Robert Riordan

4. “There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it’s like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.” – Ernest Hemingway

5. “The bigger the issue, the smaller you write. Remember that. You don’t write about the horrors of war. No. You write about a kid’s socks lying on the road. You pick the smallest manageable part of the big thing, and you work off the resonance.” – Richard Price

6. “Successful writers are not the ones that write the best sentences. They are the ones that keep writing. They are the ones who discover what is most important and strangest and most pleasurable in themselves, and keep believing in the value of their work, despite the difficulties.” – Bonnie Friedman

7. “Try imagining the book that would light your heart and mind on fire if you came across it in a bookstore – the one that would quicken your pulse and keep you up at night reading. What would it be? Details, details: When, What, Where, Who? Think it up, imagine it fully, then bring it forth.” – Laini Taylor

8. “Use plain, simple, language, short words and brief sentences. That is the way to write English – it is the modern way and the best way. Stick to it; don’t let fluff and flowers and verbosity creep in.” – Mark Twain

9. “Structure is important. Know your ending before you start writing. You wouldn’t just get in a car and drive without knowing where you’re going. Know your most important plot points. This does not mean that things won’t change, but you will never get stuck.” – Peter James

10. “When in doubt, make trouble for your character. Don’t let her stand on the edge of the pool, dipping her toe. Come up behind her and give her a good hard shove. That’s my advice to you now. Make trouble for your character. In life we try to avoid trouble. We chew on our choices endlessly. We go to shrinks, we talk to our friends. In fiction, this is deadly. Protagonists need to screw up, act impulsively, have enemies, get into TROUBLE.” – Janet Fitch

11. “Writers must be fair and remember that even bad guys (most of them, anyway) see themselves as good – they are the heroes of their own lives. Giving them a fair chance as characters can create some interesting shades of grey – and shades of grey are also a part of life.” – Stephen King

12. “[The first scene should] Establish voice and tone, orient readers in time and space, either start conflict or hint at conflict to come, and – above all – offer the reader something interesting: an intriguing character, a tense situation, a fascinating question, or gorgeous prose.” – Nancy Kress

13. “Don’t look back until you’ve written an entire draft, just begin each day from the last sentence you wrote the preceding day. This prevents those cringing feelings, and means that you have substantial body of work before you get down to the real work which is all in… the edit.” – Will Self

14. “Read your work aloud! This is the best advice that I can give. When you read aloud you find out how much can be cut, how much is unnecessary. You hear how the story flows. And nothing teaches you as much about dialogue than listening to it.” – Judy Bloom

15. “Write. Don’t talk about writing. Don’t tell me about your wonderful story ideas. Don’t give me a bunch of ‘somedays.’ Plant your ass and scribble, type, keyboard. If you have any talent at all, it will leak out despite your failure to pay attention in English.” – Glen Cook

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