Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Quotes That Inspire (A to Z = Q)


I keep a journal with my favourite writing quotes. Some of them are from famous writers and some are from complete strangers, but they have all inspired me. Here are a few:

'Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open.' Stephen King

'If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time to write.' Stephen King

'Omit needless words.' Element of Style

'Getting published is about practising until you're really good, then persevering until you're really lucky.' Tim Clarke

'It's always too early to quit.' Anonymous

'I am a painter, so I paint. You are a writer, so write.' Anonymous

'Until you treat writing as a job, even a part-time one, you won't ever be able to think of yourself as a writer.' Katie Fforde

What quotes have inspired you? Do you agree with Katie Fforde's assertion that you should treat writing as a job to really feel like a writer?

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47 comments:

  1. Some great quotes there. King is so often quotable isn't he? I think I probably do agree with Fforde. At least, I know what she means, although it's OK to be a writer who doesn't think like that.

    This is a bit of a long quote but I like it. It's reassuring!

    "If you’re going to make a living at this business — more importantly, if you’re going to write anything that will last — you have to realise that a lot of the time, you’re going to be writing without inspiration. The trick is to write just as well without it as with. Of course, you write less readily and fluently without it; but . . . Amateurs think that if they were inspired all the time, they could be professionals. Professional know that if they relied on inspiration, they’d be amateurs."
    - Philip Pullman.

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  2. I love qoutes so this post was interesting to me, I keep a book of qoutes that I pick up along the way. Thanks for adding to the book.

    Yvonne.

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  3. One of my favourite writing quotes - which is under my writing blog title to welcome people - comes from an unknown source.

    "The worst thing you write is better than the best thing you didn't write."

    In other words - GET ON WITH IT!

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  4. I'm stealing 'I am a painter, so I paint. You are a writer, so write.'

    I really like that!

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  5. ok, you hooked me with my dream man :)

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  6. Good choice of quotes, thanks! :-)

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  7. Great quotes!! There's been so many around blogosphere that I love and now can't remember otherwise, I'd share here! :-)

    I do agree with Ms Fforde's one because it's not something I do and therefore I am where I am and she is where she is! LOL!!!!

    Take care
    x

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  8. I like the Tim Clarke one. It sums up write1sub1 perfectly! I shall give you a shout out on mine :O)

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  9. Great quotes. I also think Tim Clarke's provides some encouragement.

    I just received my Element of Style which I ordered recently, btw.

    Grandpa
    Life on The Farm

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  10. Oh I love those! I love the quote I heard from an agent once, "There is always room for awesome."

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  11. Great quotes! I do like Fforde's quote. I had always considered (for myself) writing to be a hobby - still do, since I write but have not submitted anything, thus I don't "make a living" by it. But maybe that's another way of owning that I am a writer. Writing should be my 'second job'.

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  12. Inspiring quotes! I have a book in which I write quotes that appeal to me. I like Socrates' quote - 'I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.'

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  13. Fantastic quotes. I absolutely loved On Writing. One of the best writing books out there. Stephen King has some great quotes.

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  14. All great; I guess I need to start another quote journal. I lost mine; it did help quiet the questions~ Thanks Ellie! I paint, write and do mixed media...therefore I'm a ??? Quirky, lol

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  16. Love the Tim Clarke quote!

    My favourite writing quote is 'Many people hear voices when no one is there. Some of them are called mad and are shut up in rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing.' Meg Chittenden

    Steven Chapman (writer)

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  17. Hi Ellie,

    Thanks for sharing these inspirational quotes. If you read a few every time you feel a bit down, it really helps get you going.

    Simon's quote will resonate with me too.

    Regards,
    Col

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  19. I also keep a journal of quotes. One that changed the way I thought about writing:

    I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountaintop, but like a child stringing beads in kindegarten -- happy, absorbed and quietly putting one bead after another.

    --Brenda Ueland

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  20. I agree with Fforde. My favorite quote is: 'You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.' Jack London

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  21. I love that quote by Clarke. And yes,I so agree with Katie!

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  22. Great post!!! My favorite quote is: You can't fail if you never stop trying. Now I gotta figure out who said it. I saw it on a writers blog once and it really stuck with me:)

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  23. Very true about taking your writing seriously enough to look at it as a job. I'm not sure where this quote came from, but I love "You have to write to be a writer!".

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  24. I love quotes came back to share this one:
    "To Accomplish great things we must dream as well as act." Anatole France

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  25. Every time I put words to paper (er, monitor), I feel like a writer. Though, I may have to treat it like a job if I ever want to feel like a published writer...

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  26. I have to agree with those, and love Stephen King's "On Writing"--so full of solid writing wisdom!

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  27. Hi Ellie ... I love all of the quotes that you chose for today. "On Writing" is one of my very favorite books about writing and it sure did make an impact on me.

    I also understand the one about treating writing as a job. That sure has made the difference, even though I am a still a beginner, and have certainly never submitted anything yet.

    Have a great day!

    Kathy M.

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  28. I bought this book the moment I saw it on the shelves. It's well worth returning to for refreshing and incorporating his thoughts. Now, I'll go check it, again!

    Hello, fellow A-Z Challenger! Here's my latest entry. Come visit either of my blogs when you can and leave some comment love:

    Q is for Quintessential http://bit.ly/hR3Pbk


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    Twitter: @SolarChief

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  29. I like the Tim Clark quote. Stephen King's "On Writing" sits on my bedside table waiting patiently for me to open its pages and read. All things I plan on doing once the A-Z had been put to bed. Actually that is where I need to go myself after this challenge.

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  30. “Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the Internet.” Anonymous.

    *back to my wip, applying whip and tazer*

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  31. I really like the one that says, "it's always too early to quit." "Of all the things I've lost. I miss my mind the most" Mark Twain

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  32. One of my faves, as I believe it sums up the process succinctly: Anne Lamott from "Bird by Bird":

    "Writing is about hypnotizing yourself into believing yourself, getting some work done, then unhypnotizing yourself and going over the material coldly."

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  33. One of my favorite writing quotes is done a bit tongue-in-cheek:

    "Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards." -Robert A. Heinlein

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  34. Those are some awesome quotes. I like putting some of my favorite around my home, especially around my writing space. Sometimes I personalize them (take creative license) so they are speaking directly to me.

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  35. I keep a bunch of quotes that inspire me too, I think I may just have to borrow one or two from your list and add it to my collection

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  36. I've always been grateful to Stephen King for granting me the permission to read, read, read!
    "If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time to write."

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  37. 'It's always too early to quit' resonates with me

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  38. I keep a quote folder. Speaking of Stephen King, his winter home is right around the corner from me. I run into him now and then in the grocery store! How cool is that?!

    My A-Z posts at my blog Menagerie :-)

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  39. The quote that inspires me is goes something like this: we lock ourselves in chains and not know that we hold the key. :)

    ♥.•*¨Elizabeth¨*•.♥

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  40. "The worst stuff you write is always better than the best stuff you don't." -- Anonymous

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  41. Easy reading is damn hard writing. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

    I love this quote, even though it's kind of odd I picked it. The Scarlet Letter was so hard for me to read back in high school.

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  42. so many great quotes here.

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  43. Hi Ellie - Loved these quotes, especially the one from Tim. I think that you can "feel" like a writer without writing a word and just talking the big talk in the right circles, but to be a writer... I agree with Ms Fforde...
    Inspiring post
    Lx

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  44. I actually read some of Stephen King's "On Writing" and he has been an inspiration for me. He's such a well-respected author now, and just to know that he went through a similar process --maybe even more difficult of one--like us helps me get through every rejection. I highly suggest the book to anyone out there. Mr. King knows a great deal about the publishing industry.

    And yes, I agree with FForde. We need to take writing seriously; we need to treat it like a job. You put all your focus into your work. Why not do that with writing? For me, writing is both a job and a desire my heart has. Once I fulfill the job, I can continue writing with that desire of finishing something great.

    Always,
    Lindsey

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  45. "If you believe you can make a living as a writer, you already have enough ego."
    (not sure who said this first, but I really like it!)

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