There are times I’m so inspired that the words just pours out of me. But as we all know already there are good and bad days in life, therefore the same goes with writing; there are times when I, in the words of E. Hemingway; “…sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
I’m done defining what I am; a writer or not a writer. And figuring out what makes a writer. I’ve come to a conclusion that a writer writes, therefore I am a writer (with a dream of becoming an author someday).
Why I write? Because writing is my tranquility in times of chaos. Writing is a way for me to think and a way for me to gain more clarity. Of course, writing is difficult; you’re pouring what lies inside on paper, putting the words together and making sense of it all. Writing for me is also a form for ‘sharing’ – thoughts, ideas, emotions and/or even a piece of myself through my words. I write first and foremost for myself and if a reader enjoys my words, then that’s an extra reward itself. Why do you write?
Trouble finding the time to write? You’re not alone. With balancing motherhood, being someone’s wife, a full-time job, friendships and writing (!), it seems nearly impossible to find the time. But I write nearly impossible because I acknowledge it’s challenging; however, possible and manageable. I guess, multitasking is one keyword here (making good use of my spare time). When not writing or finding trouble writing for whatever reason, I tell myself; “It won’t write itself if you don’t.” I’m still struggling to fit writing in my everyday life but with my committed love affair to writing it gets easier as I go along as I am a writer in progress. What are your writing routines?
Writing quotes: Are you in need of inspiration in your writing journey like I seem to need on occasion? If so, this is for you. If not, well keep reading anyway; a little inspiration hasn’t hurt anyone (not that I’m aware of). Here are some of my favorite inspirational quotes on being a writer and embarking on the writing journey.
“The writer is by nature a dreamer – a conscious dreamer.” – Carson McCullers
“Write hard and clear about what hurts.” – Ernest Hemingway
“A professional writer is amateur who didn’t quit.” – Richard Bach
“Writing means sharing. It’s part of the human condition to want to share things – thoughts, ideas, opinions.”
– Paulo Coelho
“Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.” – Isaac Asimov
“Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.” – E. L. Doctorow
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” – Ernest Hemingway
“Writing is the painting of a voice.” – Voltaire
“If I waited for perfection I would never write a word.” – Margaret Atwood
“You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald
A quote I resonate with and a favorite of mine so far is by the infamous, Dr. Maya Angelou:
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
What are your favorite writing quotes? And what inspires you to write?