A popular post from March 2009
By Josi S. Kilpack
I love writing quotes and always tell myself I'm going to save them and have hundreds of them to look through at any given time. Sadly, this promise to myself is often lumped into the same category of "I will not eat sugar today" which really means "WHERE'S THE SUGAR!" and "Today, I'm going to do nothing but write." which really means "I'm going to feel bad about not writing, but at least my toilets will be clean." Therefore, I have no document full of writing quotes. But today I am writing and I wanted a quote to inspire me. I considered this one:
Writing is a lonely job, unless you're a drinker, in which case you always have a friend within reach. --Emilio Estivez
Unfortunately, I don't drink, hence I am lonely and this quote makes me feel worse. On to the next option:
For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can. --Ernest Hemingway
No kidding! But still not exactly what I'm looking for.
And all writing is creating or spinning dreams for other people so they won't have to bother doing it themselves. --Beth Henley
I don't know who Beth is, but now I'm depressed.
A young musician plays scales in his room and only bores his family. A beginning writer, on the other hand, sometimes has the misfortune of getting into print. --Marguerite Yourcenar
Let that further convince you to never read MY first book:
"The ill and unfit choice of words wonderfully obstructs the understanding." -Francis Bacon
Uh, what? I'm going to have to keep looking. Meanwhile, which of these three best describe you today?
"I think I did pretty well, considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper." -Steve Martin
"By writing much, one learns to write well." -Robert Southey
"There is no great writing, only great rewriting." -Justice Brandeis
"I have been successful probably because I have always realized that I knew nothing about writing and have merely tried to tell an interesting story entertainingly." -Edgar Rice Burroughs