During these terrible times, it is hard to be upbeat. I have always saved inspiring quotes to keep me motivated, and would like to share some with you.
“It is a delicious thing to write, to be no longer yourself but to move in an entire universe of your own creation.” Gustave Flaubert
“Don’t go to that boring, dusty computer without something in mind. And don’t make your reader slog through a scene in which little or nothing happens.” Chuck Palahnuk
“Sometimes you have to get your writing done in spare moments here and there.” J. K. Rowling
“The prerequisite for me is to keep my well of ideas full. This means living as full and varied a life as possible.” Michael Morpurgo
“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” Anton Chekhov
“Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader – not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.” E.L. Doctorow
“Listen to the criticisms and preferences of your trusted ‘First Readers.’ ” Rose Tremain
“Trust your reader. Not everything needs to be explained. If you really know something, and breathe life into it, they’ll know it too.” Esther Freud
“Be your own editor/critic, sympathetic but merciless!” Joyce Carol Oates
“Forget all the rules. Forget about being published. Write for yourself and celebrate writing.” Melinda Haynes
And from me – use all this spare time, to start the novel you’ve been thinking about for so long. You’ve never had so much free time before, so use it wisely, creatively and joyfully. Happy writing!
If I can help you with your writing, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org I’ll be happy to help you with any problems, free of charge.