#atozchallenge : Y is for You Don’t Give Up #fiction #writing #quotes

 Theme: Quotes from Authors and Bookish People about Writing

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Today we talk about perseverance in writers, and here are a few  quotes to inspire you:

“You must write every single day of your life… You must lurk in
libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes
and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads… may you be in love
every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a

Ray Bradbury

“A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”— Thomas Mann

“It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for
writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too
— Robert Benchley

man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer,
but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor,
he’ll eventually make some kind of career for himself as writer.”
— Ray Bradbury

“Rejection slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are
lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil—but there
is no way around them.”
– Isaac Asimov

“About two weeks ago, three weeks ago, I threw away half a novel. Threw
it away. Because I’d made a wrong turn. . . . The amateur, or the
coward, or the non-writer, will try to keep it and make it work ’cause
he doesn’t want to have to throw it away and do all of that over again,
another way. The real artist, with no tear in his eye and no sadness in
his heart, puts the pages in the fire and does it again.”
–Harry Crews

“Writing is work. It’s also gambling. You don’t get a pension plan.
Other people can help you a bit, but ­essentially you’re on your own.
­Nobody is making you do this: you chose it, so don’t whine.”

— Margaret Atwood

 Have you ever wanted to give up? What kept you going?

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  1. tombensoncreative.com

    I only started writing seriously in 2007, I've never wanted to give it up. I started with poetry, moved on to short stories and then novels in conjunction with short stories.
    I started my novel writing in 2010 and had my doubts, but I overcame them by convincing myself that I was a storyteller, so my goal was to keep on telling the stories, but make them sound better. I like to think I've succeeded.

  2. Dean K Miller

    If writing is in your heart, if it is something that defines your life, your soul, if it is something that will be done regardless of all the "terrible" things you perceive are happening in your life, then it will get done. There is no giving up because it is you. To give up writing would be to give up on yourself…and that is not an option.

  3. klahanie

    I never give up. The more adversity, the more my peaceful defiance. My son and our beloved dog keep me going. That and those who understand that I interact very discreetly in the blogging background with little fanfare. I like it this way.

    Good luck with your last letter. And then the dreaded reflection posts. Oh my and HELP!

    Gary 🙂

  4. Melanie Schulz

    I have to second what Mann said, sometimes I have to write the same sentence ten times until I think I've got it right, then the next day I end up trashing it because I was wrong.

  5. cleemckenzie

    I'm going with Thomas Mann. So many times I envy people who dash off a letter or an email with all kinds of errors, but could care less! Me? I'm proofing my text messages.