Quotes I'm Pondering ...
I've been thinking about writing all the time because I leave for Paris in twenty days! Also, I spent part of the morning at my standing desk in my fuzzy pink robe on the writing struggle bus. For example, I rewrote this paragraph five times, and I’m still not happy with it. Then I switched writing tasks, got into the flow and wrote a draft Tiny Letter reasonably quickly.
To get myself into a writing groove, I reread a few of my favorite quotes. If you're on the struggle bus, I hope the words help you too!
“Write what you want to read.”
"No one can give you the magic bullet that, once fired, will make you a writer. Writing is like anything else: the more you do it, the better you get at it."
—Tim Cahill, in Don George's, Travel Writing
"Why are we reading if not in hope that the writer will magnify and dramatize our days, will illuminate and inspire us with wisdom, courage, and the possibility of meaningfulness, and will press upon our minds the deepest mysteries, so we may feel again their majesty and power? What do we ever know that is higher than that power which, from time to time, seizes our lives, and reveals us startlingly to ourselves as creatures set down here bewildered? Why does death catch us by surprise, and why love? We still and always want waking. We should amass half-dressed in long lines like tribesmen and shake gourds at each other, to wake up; instead we watch television and miss the show."
—Annie Dillard, The Writing Life
"I know my books are read, but I’m the guy who sits in his underwear in front of the computer all day. People forget that. That’s how I spend my days for four years in a row. I’m just sitting here in my underwear trying to write a book."
—Tim O'Brien, Identity Theory interview
“Have faith that you and the Universe have created everything for your growth and be grateful for it. No matter what. Get practiced at making gratitude your go-to, notice the eight trillion things around you at all times that you can be grateful for, and feel into the grateful expectation for all the things coming your way. The good, the bad, the ugly, the salsa stain you just got on your new white shirt, become a gratitude machine for all of it . . . There is no lack of things to be grateful for if you remember to pay attention.”
—Jen Sincero, You Are a Badass at Making Money