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This week we want to encourage the Future Writers Of America with inspirational quotes from some famous authors. Here’s to all you up and coming….Come on up to the far side of the brain. Good Luck! Happy Pecking!
“Write what should not be forgotten.” – Isabelle Allende
“Stay faithful to stories in your head.” – Paula Hawkins
“Don’t forget – No one else sees the world the way you do. So no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.” – Charles de Lint
“Overnight success is almost always a myth. Half of this industry is luck and half is the refusal to quit.” – Victoria Schwab
Victoria Elizabeth Schwab is an American fantasy author best known for her 2013 novel Vicious, the Shades of Magic series, and for her children’s and young adult fiction published under the name Victoria Schwab.
“Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.” – Mark Twain
“It ain’t watcha write. It’s the way atcha write it.” – Jack Kerouac
“But when people say, Did you always want to be a writer? I have to say no! I always was a writer.” – Ursula Le Guin
“Be courageous and write in a way that scares you a little.” – Holley Gerth
Holley Gerth is a bestselling author, licensed counselor, certified life coach, and speaker. She loves connecting with the hearts of women through her popular blog and books such as You’re Already Amazing and the previous two books in this series: Promises from God for Life’s Hard Moments and What’s True about You.
“A writer, I think, is someone who pays attention to the world.” – Susan Sontag
“Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.” – Stephen King
“You must stay drunk on writing so that reality cannot destroy you.” Ray Bradbury
“A good story is a good story no matter who wrote it.” – Anne McCaffrey
Anne Inez McCaffrey was an American-Irish writer known for the Dragonriders of Pern science fiction series. She was the first woman to win a Hugo Award for fiction and the first to win a Nebula Award.
“The purpose of literature is to turn blood into ink.” T.S. Elliot
“If a story is in you it has got to come out.” – William Faulkner
“If a doctor told me I only had six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood I’d type faster.” – Isaac Asimov
“Good fiction’s job is to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.” – David Foster Wallace
David Foster Wallace was an American author of novels, short stories and essays, as well as a University professor of English and creative writing. Wallace is widely known for his 1996 novel Infinite Jest, which was cited by Time magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005.
“As a writer you try to listen to what others aren’t saying…and write about the silence.” – N.R. Hart
“Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.” – Anne Lamott
“If writing is easy you’re doing it wrong.” – Bryan Hutchinson
“Start writing no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” – Louis L’ Amour
Louis Dearborn L’ Amour was an American novelist and short-story writer. His books consisted primarily of Western novels; however, he also wrote historical fiction, science fiction, non-fiction, as well as poetry and short-story collections. Many of his stories were made into films.
I hope these words of wisdom were helpful in some way. Perhaps you can file them in the cabinet of your mind for further use. You never know…
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