Favorite Quotes

Today I thought I would share a few of my favorite quotes. The ones below are only a drop in the bucket of the ones I like. I have a bound book I keep quotes in for future reference. I’m not sure what that future reference may be but none the less I keep my book up to date when I find a quote I like.

Many of Life’s Failures are People who did not Realize How Close they were to Success when they Gave Up.
-Thomas A. Edison, American Inventor

This quote hangs on my office wall for those times when frustration or procrastination have me wanting to throw in the towel.

The most important thing in writing is to have written. I can always fix a bad page. I can’t fix a blank one.
-Nora Roberts

Isn’t this the truth? Sometimes we just need to be reminded of it.

You don’t have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great.
-Les Brown

Another truth. You can never get better at something if you don’t do it to begin with, and who knows you may be gifted. You will never know if you don’t try.

The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.
-Terry Prachett

I read this one everyday. It is also on my wall. When I read this quote I feel I have permission to write my first draft the way I am comfortable doing it. My first drafts are “dirty drafts” – that is I write words on the page as the ideas come into my brain and then later re-write, edit, and delete. I’ve tried other methods but find my creative muse gets stalled and I have a heck of a time to get the story down, or I get frustrated and give up on the story, putting it away never to pick it back out of the pile and finish it.

After writing all this inspiration on the blog I now feel must get back to my work in progress. Until next time…

About Linda O'Toole

Women's Fiction Author
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