Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Words Like Concrete

 Just a few writing quotes to keep us going today. There are days when we as writers lose focus, and we’re out there in the forest, wandering amongst tall oaks. Yesterday or last week or last month the way was clear, the words fell out of us like water. Today, however…well, the words are like chunks of concrete and our fingers aren’t doing what we’d like them to do. Perhaps you write a half-sentence, then stop, unsure of what comes next. Or the sentences are short little things that sound as though someone else wrote them, and that someone can’t write worth a damn. Every single one of us hits that place and it can be frightening how quickly it can come on us. We’re going along smoothly, then Bam! Concrete words.

Here are a few quotes I’ve found to show us that even the Big Kids hit that wall, and we’re all in there together. A little inspiration and humor for all of us.

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

“Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.”
― Ray Bradbury

“When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth.”
― Kurt Vonnegut

“E.L. Doctorow said once said that 'Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.' You don't have to see where you're going, you don't have to see your destination or everything you will pass along the way. You just have to see two or three feet ahead of you. This is right up there with the best advice on writing, or life, I have ever heard.”
― Anne Lamott, "Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life"

"I can’t write five words but that I change seven."
– Dorothy Parker

Keep writing, friends.

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