Earlier today I finished writing my third book (I’m still not quite sure how, exactly). It’s in a magnificent need of an edit, but it’s complete at around 70K and I’m sure some of you can relate (or will soon relate) to the satisfaction of closing your story with a great ending. For those of you like me who struggle with procrastination when writing, here are ten brilliant quotes to motivate you to finish that story!

  1. “If I waited till I felt like writing, I’d never write at all.” — Anne Tyler
  2. “The only writer to whom you should compare yourself is the writer you were yesterday.” — David Schlosser
  3. “The professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” — Richard Bach
  4. “You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.” — Octavia Butler
  5. “You might not write well every day but you can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.” — Jodi Picoult
  6. “You only fail if you stop writing.” — Ray Bradbury
  7. “If I waited for perfection I would never write a word.” — Margaret Atwood
  8. “If a story is in you, it has got to come out.” — William Faulkner
  9. “Every writer I know has trouble writing.” — Joseph Heller
  10. “If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.” — Martin Luther

(#10 is my personal favourite!)

Hopefully you will feel inspired, and if not, what are you waiting for? Go and work on your next story, or finish that edit, or pick up that book!

And also have a lovely Easter.

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