IWSG 59: Quotes To Keep Me Going


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This post was written for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group where we share our encouragement or insecurities on the first Wednesday of the month, to join the group or find out more click here.

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OPTIONAL IWSG Day Question: If you could use a wish to help you write just one scene/chapter of your book, which one would it be?

If I could wish for anything it would be to trust myself enough to believe that anything I write is worth reading. The only solace I found is I’m not the only one who faced doubt in their career.

I don’t have your quotes, but I did find some others.

Quotes when searching for the right word:

“I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.”Gustave Flaubert

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”–Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”–Benjamin Franklin

Quotes driven by emotion:

“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”–Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing

“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”–Anne Frank

about Imagination:

“You can make anything by writing.”–C.S. Lewis

Judgement vs understanding:

“As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand.”― Ernest Hemingway

To help find joy:

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”

― William W. Purkey

I always add : “Write like no one will read it,”

Feel free to add your favorite quotes in the comments. I’d love to read them.  🙂

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70 responses to “IWSG 59: Quotes To Keep Me Going

  1. Wonderful quotes. I love Franklin’s simplicity–and that Kerouac thinks he’s simple!

  2. It’d be nice not to have that doubt, but I think doubting our writing ability can help us grow as writers. If we thought everything we wrote was fantastic, then we wouldn’t strive to do better. 🙂

  3. Loved your quotes, especially the one by Anne Frank. I need to search for quotes for inspiration too.

  4. Excellent quotes. I tried to choose the best one but wasn’t drunk on enough coffee.

  5. I’m sorry to hear about what you’re going through. Sadly, it’s completely normal and part of the writers’ condition.

    I know we’re not supposed to put stock in external validation, but sometimes, having someone else tell you your book doesn’t suck is invaluable.

    • Wattpad helps with validation. Unfortunately, it’s on older works, so I’m still looking for my mojo.

      I had it once and don’t plan to give up until I find it again. 🙂

  6. I love the Jack Kerouac quote Anna. Happy IWSG Day 🙂

  7. I can’t think of any quotes but I do like Ben Franklin’s.

  8. Hi,
    I love the Anne Frank’s quote. I have experienced this so often and that is one of the reasons I have a love for writing. I find myself shaking away misery, doubt, and any other negative thing when I enter my own world as I think it should be and begin to write.
    All the best, my dear.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

  9. I used to write like no one will read my words, but I can’t afford that attitude anymore. I tell myself that there are those who will want to read them, even if it’s only a few, which forces me to do the best job I can. Thanks for the inspirational quotes.

  10. I’ve always loved that Bradbury quote. 🙂

  11. I’m with you on that wish. I’ve been struggling much more of late with the self-doubt. It’s been one thing after the next that has added to it and seriously making me question what I’m even doing. Thank you for the quotes.

  12. My favorite doesn’t pertain specifically to writing: “Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we’re here, we might as well dance.” Happy writing in April!

  13. Loved the quotes you have shared. Trust in your words that whatever you write will inspire someone in the future 🙂

  14. Those are great – love the Flaubert one!
    My classroom walls have always been covered in quotes and several of these have been there 🙂

  15. Great quotes! I can’t think of any to add at the moment. But I’ve always been one to write for myself first and then consider others down the line. 🙂

  16. Lovely quotes, Anna!
    A newly-discovered quote that caught my attention: “Write what you wish with your soul; and your heart will fill the page with your unique magic!”
    Happy IWSG Day!

  17. Doubt will always be part of this process. Write anyway. If you keep at it, you will inevitably produce good work. (I bet you already have!)

  18. Your writing is worth reading always!! Keep writing. And I love these quotes. My fav is CS Lewis. You can make anything by….

    Teresa

  19. What a great collection of quotes. It really does help, knowing you’re not alone. That’s the best part of this bloghop, every single time.

  20. Flaubert’s is my favorite of your selection of quotes.
    I recently came upon this one, not exactly on the subject but close:
    “I’ll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there’s evidence of any thinking going on inside it.”
    ~ Terry Pratchett

  21. Those are some inspiring quotes. I wish I would say something so clever that people quote me decades later as a fount of wisdom.

  22. I love Franklin’s quote “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” as I’m mostly doing the second thing. And, because of that, I am “living like it’s heaven on earth.” The scenery I’m surrounded in proves that. 🙂

    Sorry to read that you’re still in a funk. Anna. I do think that going outside when the weather warms up, or listening to the birdsong of spring might help inspire.

    My personal quote is “I either write about my adventures or live them. “ Despite having two passions, writing and traveling, the second one brings me most joy. Unfortunately, I’m bad at combining them.

  23. I love your addition: Write like no one will read it. Perfect!!

  24. Love the quotes, especially the one by Ray Bradbury.

    Two of my favorites: “You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.” Jodi Picoult; and “The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” Terry Prachett.

  25. Angela Wooldridge

    ‘Write like no one will read it’ – great advice 🙂 love that

  26. Christine Rains

    Awesome quotes! Oh how I wish to feel that too. No matter how many stories I put out there, I always think that.

  27. Write like no one will read it! That’s brilliant, Anna. I’ve already got a quote from you in my Great Quotes file, can I add this one, too? I love this selection of writing quotes, they’re so inspirational!
    Great answer to the question, by the way 🙂

  28. Ronel Janse van Vuuren

    Great quotes! “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” I’m not sure who to attribute it to, but it works like magic when Fear makes itself heard.

  29. Victoria Marie Lees

    These are excellent quotes, Anna. Thanks so much for sharing them. Wow! They are great. I can’t think of anything new. All best to you!

  30. I needed that Ray Bradbury quote today. Thank you for sharing!

  31. I love writing-related quotes. Thanks for sharing these!

  32. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and sharing your concern. It really meant a lot. Thanks so much for sharing the great quotes. They really capture the struggle and joy of writing. I like your additional quote, “Write like no one will read it.”

  33. Love a good writing quote. Even have a Pinterest board to hoard them all on. But I recently came across one by Andy Warhol, which if fortuitous because I really needed it.:
    “Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”

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