Monday, October 26, 2015

Quotes = Toolbox Gems

By Jennifer Goble

After asking my newspaper editor, Delinda, ( for feedback on an article, she replied, “The purpose of what we (writers) do is to inspire people, make them think, or give them motivation.”

Quotes have always been in my writing, teaching, and speaking toolbox. They help me succinctly share wisdom from the masters. 

For fun, I researched and discovered a multitude of author quotes. (

May the few I chose sparkle your spirit, give you hope, and normalize your struggles. Famous authors are similar to us; human.

* It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.– C. J. Cherryh (Cyteen)

* A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it is to be God.– Sidney Sheldon (Master of the Game)

* Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.– Henry David Thoreau (Walden)

* Half my life is an act of revision.– John Irving (The World According to Garp)

* Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.– Barbara Kingsolver (The Poisonwood Bible)

* Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.– William Faulkner (The Sound and the Fury)

* Writing is its own reward.– Henry Miller (Tropic of Cancer)

* Rejection slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil—but there is no way around them.– Isaac Asimov (I, Robot)

* Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere)

*  Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry…– Jane Yolen (The Devils Arithmetic)

* If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.– Edgar Rice Burroughs (Tarzan and the Apes)

To encourage YOU to create your own quote for writers, here is mine: “Sometimes our best work flows from a place of discouragement and pain.” - Jennifer Goble (My Clients…My Teachers: The Noble Process of Psychotherapy)

What quote can YOU add to this list?

Until the next time: Live while you live!

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