Monday Motivation (#3)

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A new week means another Monday Motivation post. If you need some motivation this weekly blog series is a great place to start. (If you missed previous entries you can view them here.) This week I’m going to share some of my favorite quotes from authors to help you stay focused on writing.

“Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.” ~ Barbara Kingsolver

“I can’t write five words but that I change seven.” ~ Dorothy Parker

“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is … the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” ~ Mark Twain

“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

“I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.” ~ Harper Lee


In summary:

  • find your own story and voice rather than writing what you think others want to read. Be your own authentic self!
  • the best words and phrases are sometimes hard to find but are so worth the time and effort! They make all the difference in your work.
  • unlike some things in life that are absolutes (like math), writing is more of an art. There are always revisions that could be made, always tweaks that could make it better. There are lots of great authors but language is so varied and each story so unique that nobody can really be “the master” at it. We’re all continually learning and improving.
  • for every piece you write there will be those who look upon it favorably and unfavorably. Many people, myself included, review books professionally or as a hobby. You can’t please everyone and shouldn’t try. Remember the first quote – find your own story and write it because you want to!

Are there any great quotes out there that help you get motivated to write?

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