We’ve been sharing a lot of inspirational content for authors lately and wanted to sum it up with a few quotes we know will help to keep you motivated if you’re an author in the midst of writing a book.
Here are 6 quotes to help keep you inspired to write:
1) “The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” — Terry Pratchett
This is a great perspective to have as you’re starting to write. Your first draft is just about getting the ideas down on paper so stop being so hard on yourself!
Once you get the ideas down, then you can start to edit and mould the story. At first, you’re just figuring things out and that’s an important part of the process.
2) ”The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better.” — Stephen King
Change is difficult and often uncomfortable, so there is often a lot of resistance around starting something new. We think it’s going to be really challenging, we worry we might fail, or embarrass ourselves, or we don’t feel motivated so we don’t even try.
But once you start, as King says, it will only get better. Once you start you’ll gain some momentum, things will start to flow, and you’ll realize that things really aren’t as bad as you made them out in your head!
3) ”Don’t forget – no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.” — Charles de Lint
Feedback we hear a lot from authors is that they don’t feel their story is unique enough; or that they’re questioning their ideas.
The reality though is that no one has your unique perspective! So even if a similar concept has been written about before, you’re not going to tell it in the same way.
4) “Here’s the paradox: you will not be able to truly write your book unless you have written your book. GET. IT. OUT. YOUR. HEAD. Everything will probably change later – that’s fine. At this stage, accept deep imperfection.” — Jessie Burton
We love the tough love of this quote — you simply cannot become an author if you’re guarding all of your ideas in your head.
You need to get your ideas out of your head and onto paper so that you have content to work with.
Know that writing is a process of endless revisions, so you don’t need to love everything you’re writing right from the start (and probably won’t). But your story will only start to take shape when you get something out, make edits, walk away and come back to it, get feedback, and move things around.
5) “You can only learn to be a better writer by actually writing.” — Doris Lessing
Similar to the above quote, you can’t get better at anything if you don’t actually “do the thing.”
Imagine if you told a child not to bother trying to walk because you knew that the first time they tried they would likely not be good at it!
It sounds absurd but that’s essentially what we’re doing when we stop ourselves from writing because it may not be our best work right away.
6) “If one waits for the right time to come before writing, the right time never comes.” — James Russell Lowell, poet and critic
We referenced this quote in our blog post that had our favourite way to start writing when you keep putting it off.
It’s a great reminder that conditions to write will never be absolutely perfect, and so you need to be able to show up for yourself and your readers even on days when you don’t want to.
Get comfortable in the discomfort, and create structures that force you to make progress even when your environment might be less than ideal.
And p.s. this isn’t about never giving yourself time to rest or rejuvenate, it’s about knowing when you should be writing, recognizing that you’re procrastinating, and knowing that you need to make changes.
What is your favourite writing quote for inspiration and motivation?0