10 Quotes to Write By: Inspiration for NaNoWriMo

10 inspirational quotes for NaNoWriMo

Folks, writing is hard. And, if you are like us, you have decided to take on NaNoWriMo! That being said, you will undoubtedly hit motivation road blocks. We are here to assure you that hitting a writing slump is ok and natural. With that in mind, we thought we would compile some of our favourite writing quotes to help you to stoke that fire!

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”

― W. Somerset Maugham

“The first draft of anything is shit.”

― Ernest Hemingway

“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

― Franz Kafka

“Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: it’s always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.”

― Neil Gaiman

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”

― Jack London

“The scariest moment is always just before you start.”

― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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

― Louis L’Amour

“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

― Frank Herbert

“Write what you know. That should leave you with a lot of free time.”

― Howard Nemerov

“A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage. A short story is a photograph; a novel is a film.”

― Lorrie Moore



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