Sometimes, all of us need a little encouragement to get us to write that next chapter, that next sentence, and sometimes that next word. Here are some quotes from Advice to Writers: A Compendium of Quotes, Anecdotes, and Writerly Wisdom from a Dazzling Array of Literary Lights edited by Jon Winokur:

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“If you want to write, you can. Fear stops most people from writing, not lack of talent, whatever that is. Who am I? What right have I to speak? Who will listen to me if I do? You’re a human being, with a unique story to tell, and you have every right. If you speak with passion, many of us will listen. We need stories to live, all of us. We live by story. Yours enlarges the circle.” – Richard Rhodes

Writing a book is like driving a car at night. You only see as far as your headlights go, but you can make the whole trip that way.” – E.L. Doctorow

Writing a novel is a very hard thing to do because it covers so long a space of time, and if you get discouraged it is not a bad sign, but a good one. If you think you are not doing it well, you are thinking the way real novelists do. I never knew one who did not feel greatly discouraged at times, and some get desperate, and I have always found that to be a good symptom.” – Maxwell Perkins, IN A LETTER TO Nancy Hale (1937)

 

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