Igniting Inspiration

Writerly reflections to help ramp up our creativity today:

“Sitting around waiting for inspiration is for amateurs.”
Tom Robbins

“Don’t tear up the page and start over again when you write a bad line —
try to write your way of it. Make mistakes and plunge in… Writing is a
means of discovery, always.”
Garrison Keillor

“I have rewritten — often several times — every word I have ever published.
My pencils outlast their erasers.”
Vladimir Nabokov

“The beautiful part of writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time —
unlike, say, brain surgery.”
Robert Corimer

“It’s a matter of piling a little piece here and a little piece there,
fitting them together, going on to the next part, then going back and
gradually shaping the whole piece into something.”
Dave Barry

“You are always going back and forth between the outline and the writing, bringing
them closer together, or just throwing out the outline and making up a new one…
You know when you think about writing a book, you think it is overwhelming.
But, actually, you break it down into tiny tasks any moron could do.”
Anne Dillard

“Some of the things that happen to us in life seem to have no meaning,
but when you write them down, you find meanings for them.”
Maxine Hong Kingston

“You would learn very little in this world if you were not allowed to imitate. And to
repeat your imitations until some solid grounding…was achieved and the slight but
wonderful difference — that made you and no one else — could assert itself.”
Mary Oliver

“I began [Invisible Man] with a chart of the three-part division. It was a conceptual frame
with most of the ideas and some of the incidents indicated.”
Ralph Ellison

“If I had to say what writing is, we would definitely define it essentially as
an act of courage.”
Cynthia Ozick

“The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.”
Elbert Hubbard

Inspired and energized by those before us and around us, let’s all write on!


About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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