Monday 29 September 2008

In Hard Times

The fabulous Brenda has a post up on her blog about famous quotes that inspire you to write. Now I just had to play along, and having no actual quotes that give me a kick up the proverbial when I'm stuck, I ventured out across the world-wide-web to find one.

How perfect is this quote from E.L. Doctorow:

"Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way."

Writing a novel doesn't seem so scary now does it? I recommend repeating it every day during NaNoWriMo.


Anne Spollen said...

I like this one:

"There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are." -W. Somerset Maugham

Jamie Eyberg said...

I like Maugham. I can't think of anything better than that.

Brenda said... need to check out my post today...I credited you for the Monday Story Starter...

Great minds think alike...grin..

Katey said...

Good call, Cate. I shall make it my mantra.

Also, yay Anne for the Maugham reference <3

Gabe said...

Stephen King wrote in his book, On Writing: "Sometimes you have to go on when you don't feel like it, and sometimes you're doing good work when it feels like all you're managing to do is shovel s#*^ from a sitting position."

I have that one on the wall next to my computer.

Cate Gardner said...

Cool, Brenda. ;)

Me too, Katey.

Good quote, Gabriel. And so true.

sruble said...

Great quote! Thanks for posting it.

Um, I'm not going to thank you for the song you posted on the post before this one, though. Ever since you posted it, I can't get it out of my head. I love the song, but it needs to go away now, please.

Cate Gardner said...

LOL! I've got a worse song stuck in my head. Be thankful for White Rabbits.