Inspiration That Doesn't Come From a Bottle: Writer Quotes I Love.
1. I can fix a bad page. I can't fix a blank page.
2. Writing is work. It's also gambling. You don't get a pension plan. Other people can help you a bit, but essentially you're on your own. Nobody is making you do this: you chose it, so don't whine.
― Margarat Atwood―
3. I have long decided that if you wait for the perfect time to write, you'll never write. There is no time that isn't flawed somehow.
― Margarat Atwood ―
4. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
5. The WORST thing you did write is better than the BEST thing you never wrote.
-no idea who said this-
6. There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
7. Everything in life can be written about if you have the outgoing guts to do it and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
8. All good writers write terrible first drafts. This is how they end up with good second drafts and terrific third drafts. . . I know some very great writers, writers you love who write beautifully and have made a great deal of money, and not one of them sits down routinely feeling wildly enthusiastic and confident. Not one of them writes elegant first drafts. All right, one of them does, but we do not like her very much.
9. Entertainment may be allowed to flow like wine, but art is supposed to ooze forth slowly and painfully like blood.
(read this in a New York Times article)
10. The worst advice? 'Don't listen to the critics.' I think that you really ought to listen to the critics, because sometimes they're telling you something is broken that you can fix.
- Stephen King-
11. The scariest moment is always just before you start.
12. Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.
13. If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There's no way around these two things that I'm aware of, no shortcut.
14. Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler's heart, kill your darlings.
15. A little talent is a good thing to have if you want to be a writer. But the only real requirement is the ability to remember every scar.
― Stephen King