One of my aims this month is to write a bit more during my spare time, and since Camp NaNoWriMo is coming up next month, I tried to think of some ways I could keep my motivation up for it.
So I decided to draw together some quotes by a few talented writers to read when I need motivation to keep going!
I ended up finding four quotes that each inspire something different in me:
The Boundless Possibilities of Writing
You can make anything by writing.C.S. Lewis
This is a wonderfully true sentiment by the writer of one of my favourite books, Alice in Wonderland. In the world of story writing, you can make anything happen with the use of words alone: you can create monsters that don’t exist on Earth, build worlds that ,
Anything, anyone, and anywhere can exist on paper, and realisation that writing gives you that unbound freedom should be enough to get you itching to write.
I can Write to Shed my Worries
I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.Anne Frank
I share this same feeling when I write. It’s the feeling of being captivated in the world I’m seeing in my head, exploring everything about it without fear.
When I was younger, I used to write to help deal with my feelings of sadness or anxiety. In fact, it’s the very reason I started this blog: to have a space to escape to, somewhere to write and let out all my thoughts that would otherwise clog up my mind.
Writing is a Journey
There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.Beatrix Potter
Another writer whose work I grew up reading, and whose thoughts here I completely agree with. Have you ever had a sentence form in your head, or heard a word float around that gave you sudden inspiration to build around it with words of your own?
Sometimes when I write, I see each word as a step on a journey through my story: with every word I write, there are billions of different paths ahead of me to take. And it’s an exciting feeling choosing which path to go on.
… But I Still Need a Reality Check
“The first draft of anything is shit.Ernest Hemingway
Or at least, it is if you’re like me. Sometimes writing doesn’t flow as naturally as you want it to, and when you’re forcing yourself to write it feels like word vomit: you imagine a scene in front of you and you try to write it as best you can, throwing word after word at it, yet when you get to editing it, it’s like trying to clean up said word vomit.
And that’s what it is. The first draft: it’s messy, it’s sometimes illogical, it’s full of holes. But it’s there. You just need to get those words down in the first place, and then you can go back and stare at it in its ugly glory, before getting your dust pan mop and cleaning it all up.
I will be sticking these wonderful quotes to my diary and to the wall above my desk, so that when I’m lacking the motivation to write, they’ll help me get stuck back into it!
What inspires you to write?