Guest Author - Glenda Schoonmaker
All writers need ways to help them stay motivated. To work in published writing can be one of the loneliest and most frustrating jobs imaginable, yet the most rewarding. To help keep yourself motivated, try placing pithy writing quotes all around your work area. Put them on your computer screens rolling marquee. Try taping them onto your bathroom mirror and the front of your refrigerator.
Change the quotes out when you've become too acclimated so that they've temporarily lost their effectiveness. Carry a writer's quote in your pocket to pull out and read periodically. Put a sticky note with applicable writing quote at the top of every manuscript you are working on. To help you get started in finding great writing quotes, listed below are several you should find very helpful.
1. It's no use waiting for your ship to come in, unless you've sent one out. Belgian Proverb
2. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. (Calvin Coolidge)
3. Every failure teaches a man something if he will learn. (Charles Dickens)
4. I cannot giver you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is--try to please everybody. (Herbert Bayard Swope)
5. Ideas won't keep. Something has to be done about them. (Alfred North Whitehead)
6. Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed. (Abraham Lincoln)
7. Never have we performed an act more God-like than when we bring sunshine to hearts that are dark and desolate (James Gibbons)
8. I attempt a difficult work; but there is no excellence without difficulty. (Ovid)
9. The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work. (Robert Frost)
10. Every noble work is at first impossible. (Thomas Carlyle)
11. The price of excellence is discipline. The cost of mediocrity is disappointment. (William Arthur Ward)
12. It doesn't matter if you try and try and try again, and fail. It does matter if you try and fail, and fail to try again.
(Charles F. Kettering)
13. Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads. (Erica John)
14. Courage is the resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear. (Mark Twain)
15. Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal. (Hannah Moore)
16. Success is having a flair for the thing you are doing while knowing that it is not enough. You have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose. (Margaret Thatcher)
17. Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. --Proverbs 16:3 (NIV)
18. The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work. (Thomas A. Edison)
19. One person can make a difference. . . . You don't have to be a big shot. You don't have to have a lot of influence. You just have to have faith in your power to change things. (Norman Vincent Peale)
20. Do something every day that you don't want to do. That is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain. (Mark Twain)