And even more Quotes!!

I have ‘liked’ Nanowrimo’s Facebook Page, and this morning they asked about inspiring Post-It notes. I used to have these – when I had a set writing space. Now I have a laptop, and find it easiest to write with my feet up on the couch… not really a great spot for post-it notes. Many fellow Nano-likers however, commented with their ¬†Inspirational Post-Its. Here are a few – along with some other quotes that I just happened find about the place… ūüôā There were many, many more than this small selection I have copied here – and no doubt there will be more added after I post this! ūüôā

(Yes – I do REALLY love quotes!)

This first quote comes from a Nanowrimo Pep Talk from 2010 (I think?) It was very ¬†demotivational, in a brilliant and strangly motivational way… to see what I mean go here:¬†

And for more pieces of  awesome inspiration (ie Рmore pep talks!) Go here:

Oops – I got distracted… quotes….

Writing a novel is a tiny candle in a dark, swirling world. It brings light and warmth and hope to the lucky few who, against insufferable odds and despite a juggernaut of irritations, find themselves in the right place to hold it. Lemony Snicket

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. – Mark Twain

Goals are dreams with deadlines. Diana Scharf Hunt

Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure. George Edward Woodberry.

Do you need someone to make you a paper badge with the word WRITER on it before you believe you ARE one? God, I hope not. Stephen King

‚ÄéA ship in port is safe. But that is not what ships are made for. John Shedd (< I really like this one… )


And some random others I came across:

It’s not worth doing something unless someone, somewhere, would much rather you weren’t doing it. – Terry Pratchett.

It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It’s called living.n- Terry Pratchett

There are too many people praying for mountains of difficulty to be removed, when what they really need is the courage to climb them. РUnknown

Osbtacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals. РFriderich Nietzsche

If you don’t have a dream, then how can you have a dream come true?¬†– Theresa Moorey


Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you. Marsha Norman


Inspirational Quotes part 3


I have found one of my book of quotes! I have several notebooks, all about the place. The quotes in this one range from thought-provoking to¬†humorous¬†to down right strange! Here are a few…

I’ve learnt that not all poetry lends itself to music – some thoughts need to be sung only against the silence –¬†Jewel

It’s always okay in the end, if it’s not okay, it’s not the end. –¬†Unknown

Being Australian I find this one quite funny: 

Don’t worry about tomorrow being the end of the world. It’s already tomorrow in Australia – Charles Shultz

And I seem to have a few on reality:

Ignore reality – there’s nothing you can do about it – Natalie Imbruglia

Reality is merely an illusion. Albeit a very persistent one. – Albert Einstein

Reality is a guess made by the mind based on information imparted by the senses. – Alice Borchardt (from one of her books I think, though I have not recorded which one…)

And this is along similar lines:

There’s no life I know that’s like pure and simple imagination. Living there, you’ll be free, if you truly wish to be. – Willy Wonka (from the original movie on Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory)

I have two more from the movie(and possibly from the book by Roald Dahl? Haven’t had a chance to check!)

A little nonsense now and then, relished by the wisest men! –¬†Willy Wonka

We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams. – Willy Wonka (I love this one!)

I love this next quote!

Don’t go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

I was annoyed at how poorly reading prepares one for real life. One comes to expect things to occur and then they do not. _ Murasaki (from The Tale of Murasaki by Liza Dalby)

Stories have power. They are a trail to knowledge… they free you to know more than you think you do. – from People of the Earth by W Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear

We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.¬†– George Bernard Shaw

There are so many more! Looks like I’ll be having a 4th installment of Quotes sometime soon! ūüôā

Editing! And Quotes, Part 2

I have been so busy editing novels and creating candles that I forgot to post on my blog! Here are more quotes – still not many from my collection, but ones I have been collecting up over the last few weeks. This collection is more related directly to writing than being generally inspirational.

Life isn’t a support system for art. It’s the other way around. ‚ÄĒ¬†Stephen King¬†‚Äú.On Writing‚ÄĚ

My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living. Anais Nin

Better to write for yourself and have no public than to write for the public and have no self. ‚ÄĒ Cyril Connolly

The best style is the style you don’t notice. Somerset Maugham

I try to leave out the parts that people skip.Elmore Leonard

Be obscure clearly.E.B. White


I’ve gone from editing my 100,000 word novel (which is now down to around 85,000 ¬†– can’t remember the exact figure off the top of my head) which I wrote during Nanowrimo last year, to editing the novel from Nano 2010! This one was around 65,000 words, and is now down to 62,000, and I suspect it will drop some more before I’m finished with it. I’m find the process slow and sluggish – I reread it, thinking – who is going to want to read this?! Luckily I have some great friends who keep telling me it’s great, so I just have to trust their judgement and keep going with it. Best get back to it!


Inspirational Quotes

I can’t believe it has been over a week since I posted. Well over time for another! I started this post a while back hoping to collate a list of my favourite writing quotes, but I’ve found that some of the quotes are good for life in general. I still haven’t managed to find all my favourite quotes, but here’s Part 1:

WordPress has provided me with some great quotes:

Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers. –¬†Isaac Asimov

The desire to write grows with writing. –¬†Desiderius Erasmus

Writing is a struggle against silence. –¬†Carlos Fuente

The scariest moment is always just before you start. –¬†Stephen King

And then there are the quotes I’ve picked up from my own reading:

I have a LOT from ‘Writing Down the Bones’ by Natalie Goldberg. This was probably one of the first books I read on writing (that I can remember anyway) and I loved it!

Writing is the act of discovery

It’s better to be crazy than false

Don’t set limits

Approach things for the first time, each time.

Don’t think too much.

I love this one:

Impossibility is not a wall, but a gilded doorway through which the most satisfying of life’s moments reside. – Iddeus Orridge – The NaNoLand Chronicles by Chris Baty¬†

And this last one is not really a quote about writing specifically, but I think it fits anyway, and is certainly something I learned competing in Nanowrimo last year –¬†achieving¬†100,000 words. If you push yourself – it’s amazing what you can acheive, and learn about yourself and your writing in the process:

Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second. William James.

What are your favourite quotes?