I used to write speeches. I would pour through books – what we call original sources – for hours looking for just the right quote. If I found one, it could set up the whole speech.
Then a friend gave me a book of memorable quotes. Unfortunately, many of them – from Ben Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, and Albert Einstein - were either inappropriate for the topic or else overused.
And then. The Internet. All I had to do was plug in – quotes about change – and thousands would appear. Later we all learned not all of them were what they appeared to be. It got to the point where you could make up something, attribute it to Albert Einstein or Kurt Vonnegut, and no one questioned it.
As with almost everything – inspiring quotes have become way overdone.
I politely delete when anyone sends or posts something inspiring about empowerment, success, following dreams, becoming a writer . . . the list is long.
So I was surprised this morning when I read a piece by Joe Bunting, 50+ Inspiring Quotes About Writing and Writers on The Write Practice site and found five quotes I wrote down and wanted to pass along.
Forgive me if you’re as sick of inspiring quotes as I am and don’t find these any better.
If you’ve got some you do like, please post them below.
“Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.” Issac Asimov
“Write even when the world is chaotic.” —Cory Doctorow
“The best way to be a writer is to be a writer.” Augusten Burroghs
"Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any." —Orson Scott Card
"Good books don't give up all their secrets at once." —Stephen King
What are your favorites?
It’s summer and you know what that means: You’re going to write that book you’ve been meaning to write because:
Maybe all you end up with is an idea, an outline, the first 25 or 50 pages. You don’t have to struggle alone. I’ve been there. I know what it’s like to feel you’ve got all this time and so little to show for it. And why do all your best ideas only come in the middle of winter when you’re busy with other work?
My summer project is to help as many writers as I can who need to feel like they’re on the right track. With a novel or a memoir. A short story or a letter. Something manageable.
I’ll work with you on an outline or a blueprint. I’ll look at those early pages. I’ll give you suggestions in writing and on the phone. And we’ll see how far we can get.
My advice is usually pretty decent and my prices are usually pretty reasonable. So if you’d like some help throughout the summer, please let me know.
Contact me and we'll set up our own summer program.
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