Wednesday, December 3, 2014

#IWSG Post: Writing Quotes

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It's December? My, how time flies. 

No insecurity/fears to share today. But I've found some interesting quotes about writing that you may like. I hope one or all of them inspires or motivates you.  


IWSG

“It is better to write a bad first draft than to write no first draft at all.”

—Will Shetterly

“If I waited for perfection… I would never write a word.”
—Margaret Atwood

“If the book is true, it will find an audience that is meant to read it.”
—Wally Lamb

And this one's my favorite:  

“Be courageous and try to write in a way
that scares you a little.”

—Holly Gerth


If you'd write your own quote, what would you say? I guess mine would be something like: "When I write, I tend to lose myself in the process, but I also find myself in the end." It's like you being the book and the story becomes your story even though it isn't. And at the same time you're also detached in a way since you're the one writing it. Like a stranger looking in and watching the story come to life. 


Do expect another post from me within the month. Happy IWSG! Virtual *hugs*, everyone! I'll see you soon. 

P.S. I just visited the IWSG website and saw that the  IWSG anthology is out. Yay! Do check it out. It's a wealth of information from authors all over the globe. Oh, and the book trailer is so awesome, too. 

24 comments:

Jennifer Hawes said...

These are great quotes! Love the one about writing in a way that scares you a little. Too often we write in our comfort zone!

SittieCates said...

Yup. Sometimes we don't even realize that we do. Thanks for dropping by, Jennifer!

Lori L MacLaughlin said...

Great quotes! I enjoyed reading them.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I like the third quote best.
We're so happy that the book is finally out!

Chrys Fey said...

Those quotes are perfect to remind us that we have to write no matter what. Thanks for sharing!

Michelle Wallace said...

Great quotes!

I read this the other day and it stayed with me-
"How many times as a writer have you gotten so caught up in the next step of the writing process that you lose sight of the real finish-line: getting to the end? Are you suffering from a case of go-back-and-fix-it, or worse, page-perfectionitis? Stop worrying about editing or finding the perfect word, and just get to the end."

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Writing for perfection is like waiting for perfect circumstances - it will never happen.

Elizabeth Hein said...

I love the Wally Lamb quote.

Lynda R Young said...

I love the Margaret Atwood quote. I really need to stop waiting for perfection ;)

Ima Vee said...

I like the one you quoted.
double like much.. :)

Lexa Cain said...

I love the quotes and yours is the best! I'm not sure I find myself at the end of my books, but I find the happiness of accomplishing something. :)

SittieCates said...

@Lori L MacLaughlin: Thanks, Lori. Hope you're having a lovely month.

@Alex J Cavanaugh: Yup! Thanks to you, Alex, and to everyone who made it happen. Yay!

@Chrys Fey: You're welcome. Yup. "No matter what" -- that's the watchword we have to keep in mind.

@Michelle Wallace: "Just get to the end." Right. I agree.

@L. Diane Wolfe: So true.

@Elizabeth Hein: I like his quote, too. Lovely to see you drop by. Thanks!

@Lynda R Young: I'm sure the way you write is perfect, Lynda. No need to wait for perfection. :-)

@Ima Vee: Hi, sis! Thank you so much!

@Lexa Cain: Thanks, Lexa! No prob. Accomplishing something gives you a reason to celebrate. Cheers! And thanks for visiting!

Donna K. Weaver said...

Great quotes there. I love that last one too. It kinda made me smile.

Elsie Amata said...

The last one resonated with me deeply. I'm working on a very emotionally draining book but it's well worth it in the end.

Kimberly said...

All fabulous quotes - thanks for sharing these. :)

Meradeth Houston said...

Wonderful quotes! Yours is particularly great. Thanks for sharing them!

Beth Ellyn Summer said...

Bad first draft is better than no first draft" needed that SO much right now. My draft is a disaster haha :)

Donna McDine said...

Terrific quotes! Especially the first one! Thanks for sharing.

Georgina Morales said...

Great quotes! I have no idea what my own quote would be, but that's an interesting thing to mull over... I guess I'm in need of a motto! ;-)

Wishing you enjoy a wonderful season!

Melissa said...

Mine would be: The muse always wakes up 10 minutes before the kids come home.' LOL

Thanks for visiting my blog. :)

Diane Burton said...

Thanks for sharing such great quotes. I like the 1st one best.

LD Masterson said...

I think my favorite is Will Shetterly's quote. A truth we need to remember.

Medeia Sharif said...

Wonderful quotes. Instead of overplanning and overresearching like I used to, I'd rather just dive into the draft.

cleemckenzie said...

Margaret Atwood is my hero. And I loved that you sought out inspiring quotes to share.

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