“Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secrets, so we can wipe our brow and know we’re not alone. Write like you have a message from the king.” —Alan Wilson Watts
“Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry.
Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.”—Jane Yolen
“Half of what I write is garbage, but if I don’t write it down it decomposes in my head.”—Jared Kintz
“There are only two options: make progress or make excuses.”—Tony Robbins
I just found this! It’s “write on”!
when you have something to say
and when you have no idea.
when you’re standing on top of the world arms raised high
and when your nose is face down in the sink and garbage of life.\\
when you’re running the race with patience
and when you are just running away.
when you are connecting in meaningful ways with those you love
and when you feel as if you are invisible, untouchable, and unworthy.
when you are happy and when you are sad;
when you are inspired and when you are blank.
when you can’t wait to put sentences on paper
and when you can’t stand to look at another word.
when you think what you write is world-changing and when it’s not even close;
when you know you have a gift and when you’re sure you don’t.
for a writer to decide not to write is like a fish deciding not to swim.
fish die for lack of water. writers die for lack of writing.
it’s who you are. it’s what you do.
© teresa shields parker 2013. share freely with copywrite. teresashieldsparker.com
- We are a species that needs and wants to understand who we are. Sheep lice do not seem to share this longing, which is one reason why they write so little. (Anne Lamot)
- God has created us and our gifts for a place of His choosing, and we will only be ourselves when we are finally there.” (Os Guinness)
- I always write from my own experiences whether I’ve had them or not. (Ron Carlson)
- “And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” (Sylvia Plath)
- “Be yourself. Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish.” (John Jakes)
- “Becoming a writer means being creative enough to find the time and the place in your life for writing.” (Heather Sellers)
- “Being an author is like being in charge of your own personal insane asylum.” (Graycie Harmon)
- “Being vague is as annoying as that other thing.” (t-shirt wisdom)
- “A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage.” (Sidney Smith)
- “A little talent is a good thing to have if you want to be a writer. But the only real requirement is the ability to remember every scar.” (Stephen King)
- “A metaphor is like a simile.” (Author Unknown)
- “A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness . . . It finds the thought and the thought finds the words.” (Robert Frost)
- “A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” (Richard Bach)