Tips and advice only go so far if you want to be a writer. At a certain point, you have to sit down and write, but when you’re utterly distracted or procrastinating like hell, maybe these snippets of wisdom from published authors can give you the motivation to get going again.
“You can only write regularly if you’re willing to write badly . . . Accept bad writing as a way of priming the pump, a warm-up exercise that allows you to write well.”
This first practical piece of advice comes from
Jennifer Egan. She has written the books: A Visit from the Goon Squad, and The Invisible Circus, Emerald City.
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“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life.”
This wisdom comes from writer
Anne Lamott. Some of her books include: Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers, and Hard Laughter, Crooked Little Heart.
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“Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too.”
Isabel Allende, who is most well-known for the following books: , The House of the Spirits , and Island Beneath the Sea , tells writers. Inés of My Soul
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“You have to simply love writing, and you have to remind yourself often that you love it.”
Orlean is a staff writer for Susan Orlean offers this advise to writers. and has written books such as The New Yorker and Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend, Saturday Night, The Orchid Thief.
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5 . “A problem with a piece of writing often clarifies itself if you go for a long walk.”
Some of her books include: Helen Dunmore offered this advice in an interview with The Guardian. and The Siege, Exposure, Ingo.
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“You have to finish things — that’s what you learn from, you learn by finishing things.”
Neil Gaiman delivered this advice in an interview with A few of Gaiman’s most popular works are: The Guardian. and American Gods, Coraline, The Sandman.
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7 . “The first sign of disintegration — in a writer — is that the writing loses the unique stamp of his/her character, & loses its inner light.”
Ted Hughes dropped this bit of wisdom in a letter to his daughter. Some of Hughes’ poetry collections include: and The Hawk in the Rain, Lupercal, The Mermaid’s Purse.
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“In both writing and sleeping, we learn to be physically still at the same time we are encouraging our minds to unlock from the humdrum rational thinking of our daytime lives.”
This musing comes from the master of horror,
Stephen King. Some of King’s most recent books are: and The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories, End of Watch, Doctor Sleep.
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9. “Be willing to be a child and be the Lilliputian in the world of Gulliver.”
Mary Karr delivered this advice in her contribution to the book Some books of hers include: Why We Write. , and Sinners Welcome, The Liars’ Club The Art of Memoir.
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“All makers must leave room for the acts of the spirit. But they have to work hard and carefully, and wait patiently, to deserve them.”
Ursula K. Le Guin delivered this advice in her essay, “ Where Do You Get Your Ideas From.” Some of her published works include: and Lavinia, Always Coming Home, Planet of Exile.
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“When you’re trying to create a career as a writer, a little delusional thinking goes a long way.”
This hard bit of truth comes from
Michael Lewis who has written books such as: and The Money Culture, Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, The Undoing Project.
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“If it sounds like writing … rewrite it.”
Elmore Leonard gave this tidbit of wisdom in his book, Some of his other well-known works are: 10 Rules of Writing. and Rum Punch, The Hot Kid, Raylan.
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“Be a good steward of your gifts. Protect your time. Feed your inner life. Avoid too much noise. Read good books, have good sentences in your ears. Be by yourself as often as you can. Walk. Take the phone off the hook. Work regular hours.”
This lovely advice comes from poet Some of her poetry collections are: Jane Kenyon. and From Room to Room, Let Evening Come, A Hundred White Daffodils.
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“As a writer you should not judge. You should understand.”
Hemingway’s most notable works are: Ernest Hemingway delivered this advice to aspiring authors. and The Sun Also Rises, The Old Man and the Sea, For Whom the Bell Tolls.
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“It is [the writer’s] privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart.”
William Faulkner tells us the most honorable part of being a writer. Some of his most well-known novels are: and The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, Absalom, Absalom!
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Hopefully, you haven’t detoured too much from your own writing, and can now easily get back into your work after reading some inspirational messages from these historical and contemporary writers.