I LOVE writing, but some days it’s just so hard to get up the energy to enjoy doing it. I’ve started accruing some cool writing quotes to help motivate me. (Does anyone else use this method? Have any to share?)
Here’s a little sampling of of the ones I’ve collected. And okay, so they’re not all about writing, per se, but they help get me pumped to write.
“Most of us are called on to perform tasks far beyond what we can do. Our capabilities seldom match our aspirations, and we are often woefully unprepared. To this extent, we are all Assistant Pig-Keepers at heart.”
― Lloyd Alexander, The Book of Three
(I pity anyone who hasn’t had a little Lloyd Alexander in their life.)
“Get to work. Your work is to keep cranking the flywheel that turns the gears that spin the belt in the engine of belief that keeps you and your desk in midair.”
― Annie Dillard, The Writing Life
One of my favorite writers of non-fiction.
“It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
(I’m trying to believe you, Anne.)
“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”
― William Faulkner
“Sometimes heroism is nothing more than patience, curiosity, and a refusal to panic.”
― Leif Enger, Peace Like a River
Sometimes trying to be a writer takes a certain amount of heroism. (Truth: Peace Like a River is one of the most beautiful books ever written. If you haven’t read it, you should.)
Awesome. I’m pumped. Time to go write.
(A bowl of Lucky Charms couldn’t hurt either…)