Everyone Needs Encouragment

Fountain PenI’m participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this month, hence my absence from the blog last week. This 30-day event is much like November’s NaNoWriMo except writers can set their own word count rather than the usual 50K.

I’ve been steadily working on a novel. Most days things have run smoothly. Yet some days, I’ve hit snags. If you are a writer, you know during those times, it’s easy to become discouraged.

You probably know I love quotes—especially those that inspire and encourage. So, I asked some of my fiction writing friends to share a favorite quote—one that inspires them in writing. Writer or not, we can all use some inspiration and encouragement.

This is what a few of them had to share:

Dede Nesbitt:

Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire. ~ Arnold H. Glasgow

Stephanie Fishman:

Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on. ~Louis L’Amour

Devani Anjali Alderson:

Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try. ~Dr. Seuss

Kath Unsworth:

The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart. ~Maya Angelou

Helen Martin:

What is more mortifying than to feel that you have missed the plum for want of courage to shake the tree? ~ Logan Pearsall Smith

Do you have a favorite quote? Please share in the comments. And if you have a moment, stop by my friends’ blogs and leave them a word of encouragement.

  • Those are all good quotes from some of my favorite writing friends. It’s hard for me to choose my favorite; I have a few I really love. If I have to pick just one, I guess it’s this one, not because it’s my very favorite, but because it suits my mood at the moment: “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is … the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” —Mark Twain

    • I like that one, Staci. Mark Twain has several good quotes. One of my favorite quotes of all time is from Vincent Van Gogh. He spoke of painting, but it could apply to writing or any other form of creativity: “If you hear a voice inside you that says, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”

  • kathunsworth

    Joan thanks for the link, what a sweet post I love all these and most of all I just keep plodding along like you, we have each other to keep company on this long winding road my friend.

    • Kath – I think of the old Aesop fable about the Tortoise and the Hare. Slow and steady wins the race. And encouragement from friends certainly helps to keep us going. Blessings!

  • longandluxe

    Thank you for the (much needed) encouragement, Joan! 🙂
    Wishing you peace and inspiration ~ Allison

    • Thank you for the visit, Allison. Blessings to you!

  • My favorite quote comes from Ernest Hemingway: “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

    • I like that one also, Sherrey. And many times, I’ve “bled” while sitting at the typewriter (or rather the computer.) Blessings!