Today, I’m feeling exhausted. But I wanted to give you a great post SO I decided to find some inspiration from some of my favorite writers to hopefully spur you on in your writing and/or NaNoWriMo.
I spent three days a week for 10 years educating myself in the public library, and it’s better than college. People should educate themselves – you can get a complete education for no money. At the end of 10 years, I had read every book in the library and I’d written a thousand stories.
I love Bradbury and this is how I first started to hone my craft. I have always read and wrote, from the time when I could speak, so without knowing, I have always done this. This is the same method my professors used in undergrad and I can’t recommend it enough. To write well, you must read and study what you read. Too often, I consume books without really thinking but when I find one I really like, I figure out why and how I can incorporate that into my own work.
Write what makes you happy. Write what makes you want to write more. Write to please yourself first, because you may be the only audience you have for years and years. Listen to what other people tell you, because there may be something in what they say that’s useful, but learn also to trust in your own instincts about your writing.
Pierce’s work, though YA, still captures my heart. Her work always contains strong females and teenagers that, to me, are real. I love her work and will continue reading her.
I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be.
Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is one of my favorite books because not only is it science fiction but it’s a comedy. I fell in love with Adam’s work and his attitude about life. This quote of Adams’s is one of my favorites of all time but it also rings true when writing. Sometimes we can plan every scene but as it unfolds, we have to let it come naturally. The scene may not unfold as we thought it would, but it unfolds how it needed to.
If you can’t think of what to write, tough luck; write anyway. If you can think of lots more when you’ve finished the three pages, don’t write it; it’ll be that much easier to get going next day.
Pullman hit this one right on the head–write, write when you want to and write when you don’t, but always write.
A book comes and says, “Write me.” My job is to try to serve it to the best of my ability, which is never good enough, but all I can do is listen to it, do what it tells me and collaborate.
L’Engle’s Time Quartet inspired me to write, to make up my own stories, to try to achieve something great.
I hope you all enjoyed these quotes and happy writing!