Saturday Afternoon Inspiration

Happy Saturday, folks.  Here in Merced-land, we are laying down laminate floors and jamming to music.  It’s a busy day, but thanks to my commitment to you, I’ll still put words to the page by the end of the night and hope that, no matter what YOU are doing, you’ll do the same, too!

Today, I thought I’d leave words of wisdom to the wise.  Here are 13 inspiring quotes stolen from HERE and HERE and HERE.  Find the one that inspires you, and write it on a post-it.  Leave it somewhere on your desk to remind you as you go.


Annie Dillard:

Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now.

Allen Ginsberg:

To gain your own voice, you have to forget about having it heard.


May Sarton:

Anyone who is going to be a writer knows enough at 15 to write several novels.

Catherine Drinker Bowen:

For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word.


George Orwell (perhaps my favorite!):

Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.

Doris Lessing

There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be.


Ernest Hemingway:

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.

Stephen King:

Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.


2 thoughts on “Saturday Afternoon Inspiration

  1. Thank you so much. These, all together in one delicious package, made me weep. That’s all I will say for now, gotta go sit down at the typewriter and bleed.

  2. I’m taking the Neil Giaman one. I’m going to stick it up at work, ’cause I make a promise to myself to at least think about my writing project during breaks and lunch, and then more often than not rush through them because we’re so dang busy.

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