Thursday, October 11, 2012

inspirational tips for writers

A lot of blogs, articles, and novels begin with a quote of sorts: a funny line, an inspirational note, or a thought-provoking line.

A great quote can serve as an inspirational springboard when you aren't quite sure what to write about. Even though I've got a short list of ideas for future posts, some days I'm just not sure I'm ready to write on the topic I had I turn to a quote to get motivated.

Don't we all get stuck sometimes when we're trying to write? It's not just about getting started, either. Sometimes we begin with gusto but lose steam later. Or maybe we hit a snag as we research, or as we try to create a title, or as we begin to question whether we're making any sense at all.

Today I found a list, 105 Writing Tips from Professional Writers, while searching for quotes and inspiration for today's post. And I found both in this compilation of wise words from respectable persons, from Aristotle to Agatha Christie to Bill Cosby. Their advice includes one or two-liners about writers block, fiction writing, living and learning, and general writing advice.

I'm copying and pasting my favorites now. You might want to take a look and do the same. I guarantee there's something here for every writer, no matter what type of writing you're doing. 

Let's close with these words from Dr. Seuss--this really resonated with me today:

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”

How about you? Do you have a favorite inspirational quote?

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1 comment:

Erin Hatton said...

Great post - thanks for sharing the site. I'll have to take a look at that later. :)