Sometimes writing is a lonely business. Every day you and only you are faced with the decision to put your butt in the chair and get to work. Therefore, one of your biggest assets as a writer is the ability to stay motivated, no matter how bad your writing project is going, no matter how many rejections you’ve gotten, no matter how you don’t feel like writing.
When I am feeling that all too familiar lack of motivation, I often turn to a collection of quotes I’ve gathered over the years to get me back in the right frame of mind.. I’ve shared a few of my favorites with you and I promise, they will inspire!
“The more I practice, the luckier I get.” -Gary Player, golfer
“Patience is not a virtue but a technique.” –Megan Marshall, 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner
“I always wait for inspiration to write. It arrives every morning at 9 a.m.” –Peter Devries
“Art is not thinking something up; it is the opposite–getting something down.” –Julia Cameron
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” –Maya Angelou
“If you wait for inspiration, you’re not a writer, but a waiter.” –Anonymous
“It’s not the will to win that matters–everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.
–Paul “Bear” Bryant
“The manuscript of yours that has just come back from another editor is a precious package. Don’t consider it rejected. Consider that you’ve addressed it ‘to the editor who can appreciate my work,’ and it has simply come back stamped, ‘not at this address.’ Just keep looking for the right address.” –Barbara Kingsolver
“Miracles come after a lot of hard work.” –Sue Bender
“Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense regardless how it turns out.” –Victor Havel, Former Czech President