A couple years ago, I put a blog post together of writing quotes I enjoy and use for inspiration.
I thought I’d share a few more of my favourite quotes. This time from books I read either as a kid or in my teens.
- “. . . . I cannot escape my life but can only use my determination and courage to make it the best I can.” ― Catherine, Called Birdy
- “There’s some good in this world, Mr Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
- “I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.” – Jane Austen, Persuasion
- “Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs. – Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
- “As Estha stirred the thick jam he thought Two Thoughts and the Two Thoughts he thought were these: a) Anything can happen to anyone. and b) It is best to be prepared.” —Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things
(I was going to start this out with, these are a few of my favourite things. But now I’ve got that damned song from The Sound of Music stuck in my head.)
I wanted to share a few of the quotes on writing that I go to when I’m floundering. This first one from Neil Gaiman is actually pinned on the board above my desk.
“I am not at all in a humour for writing; I must write on till I am.” ~ Jane Austen
“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
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ~ Maya Angelou
“There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be.” ~ Doris Lessing
“This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It’s that easy, and that hard.” ~ Neil Gaiman