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Right now I should be writing this for the IWSG but alas that isn’t for weeks and I need a post now. I threw away my original post and thought, instead of going on and on about my dry research, I’d dive in to what inspires me most—other writers.
As I read, I remember they started as we did: knowing nothing, learning the craft and taking a chance.
“If I waited for perfection… I would never write a word.”
“Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.”
“I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of. ”
— Joss Whedon
“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”
“I really think that if there’s any one enemy to human creativity, especially creative writing, it’s self-consciousness.”
—Andre Dubus III
“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and overagain, there is no use in reading it at all.”
As you may have guessed, I’m starting something new. I’m taking chances and trying my hand at a magical realism mystery. What was I thinking, is what I’m thinking right now. Please add your favorite, if you have one, in the comments.