I find this to be very true. We often get caught up in the creativity of writing, but without a solid structure, even pretty words lose their meaning and intent.
Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.
– Ernest Hemingway
How many of us aspiring writers face writer's block? You know what that is? Fear of writing poorly. We all write stuff that sucks - get over it and do it anyway; it's the only way you'll grow personally and professionally.
Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.
– William Faulkner
A wounded deer leaps the highest.
– Emily Dickinson
You can let rejection cause you to cave, or use it to compel yourself to spring into action and prove the bastards wrong... I find harsh criticism and rejection to be something I rebel against now and it has helped me immensely.
“If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” ~ Stephen King
So true! The best writers are also voracious readers. You learn by studying the greats. Yes, it's possible to write without being a reader, but not if you ever want to reach your fullest potential. Writers MUST read - it really is as simple as that.
“A small daily task, if it be really daily, will beat the labours of a spasmodic Hercules.”
True! Better to write daily and develop small, regular habits than to simply wait until the mood strikes. The more you make it a regular part of your daily life; the easier it is to keep doing it and the faster you will improve your skills.
“If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.”
I have always believed that words have within them the capacity to change the world - for better or worse. I try to remind myself that as a writer; I have influence. What a wonderful, empowered skill to use in an effort to leave this world a little better than I found it.
Hopefully these 7 quotes have inspired you to take a fresh look at your motivations for writing. Have a great weekend!