Well, I should be writing. However, I wanted to share some quotes that have given me a swift kick in the pants when I feel like I have lost my inclination to put pen to paper.
“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”
“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”
“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”
“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
“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.”
“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”
“Read, read, read. Read everything – trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”
“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”
–Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing
“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly – they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.”
–Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”
–Henry David Thoreau
What inspires you to move forward when you are stuck in a rut?
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