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A Little Motivation

I needed a little bit lot of motivation to get me through my writing session this morning, so I looked up some quotes to get me going. Here are the ones that spoke to me the most, and I hope they can help you as well in case you’re feeling stuck like I was.

“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”

— Richard Bach

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”

― Sylvia Plath

“The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.”

― Terry Pratchett

“You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.”

― Octavia E. Butler

“When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.”

— Stephen King

“I believe myself that a good writer doesn’t really need to be told anything except to keep at it.”

— Chinua Achebe


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