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10 Writing Quotes to Get You Through NaNo

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Right now, it’s precisely 12:00 in the afternoon. I have no clue what I’m going to write today, and that’s okay. Some call this “pantsing”; while that’s a somewhat accurate description in my case, I like to say that I “blindfold myself” before putting words to paper. (Not in a literal sense, but I think you get what I mean.) Ideas come to me as I’m writing them. I let my characters loose, and they do whatever they darn well please. That’s probably why I have so much editing to do already …

No matter how you write, or whether you identify yourself as a pantser, plotter, or “plantser,” you’re writing. I cannot stress it enough that you can write however you want to write. Don’t let other people slow you down. Write a novel like the total boss that you are.

Okay, random burst of motivation over. Time for those quotes I promised.

*Emphasis added on these quotes.*

1. “As a writer you try to listen to what others aren’t saying . . . and write about the silence.”
– N.R. Hart

2. “Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
– Louis L’Amour

3. “Every first draft is perfect, because all a first draft has to do is exist.”
– Jane Smiley

4. Be courageous and try to write in a way that scares you a little.”
– Holly Gerth

5. “If you want to change the world, pick up the pen and write.”
– Martin Luther

6. “Everybody walks past a thousand stories a day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six or them. Most people don’t see any.”
– Orson Scott Card

7. There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly, sometimes it’s like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.”
– Ernest Hemingway

8. “One must be a little crazy to write a good novel.”
– John Gardener

9. “The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.”
– Terry Pratchett

10. “If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word.”
– Margaret Atwood

Have any to add? I’d love to hear ’em! Comment below with any additional quotes or inspiration that you may have; you never know, you could encourage someone out there. 😉 Have a fabulous day!



2 thoughts on “10 Writing Quotes to Get You Through NaNo

  1. Great quotes, Sam! Very helpful as I’m trying to get in my word counts each day… Ahhh! 😉 You are so sweet to take time out of your day to encourage others.

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