We all have those moments where it feels like our story is starting to drag a little. Maybe you aren’t feeling the motivation you did when you started writing, or you’ve lost vision for your current work-in-progress.
These 8 quotes are tiny snippets of wisdom from authors who have experienced struggles themselves during the writing process. I know for myself, many of these quotes helped me discover the kind of writer I wanted to be and the purpose I wanted to write with.
“The most original of authors are not so because they advance what is new, but more because they know how to say something, as if it had never been said before.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“What people are ashamed of usually makes a good story.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them in order that the reader may see what they are made of.”
“Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.”
“Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with. He cannot inflame the minds of his audience.”
Henry David Thoreau
“Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.”
“Identify the moral dilemma driving the novel. the successful novel will haunt a reader because it deals with some ethical or moral dilemma that makes the reader wonder what he or she would do in the protagonist’s place.”
“When I’m writing, I am trying to find out who I am, who we are, what we’re capable of, how we feel, how we lose and stand up, and go on from darkness into darkness.”
If those didn’t get the juices flowing yet, take a break from writing for a moment and distract yourself with another activity – you never know what might spark your next streak of creativity!