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
“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
famous.”— 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?