As I’m preparing for National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo, I took a look at my favorite writing quotes for inspiration. The month long writing challenge begins on November 1st and run for the course of the month. You can learn more about NaNoWriMo at the link above. Looking at two weeks until Day One, I need inspiration. Well, let me be totally honest here, I need a heck of a lot more than just inspiration but for now, I’ll settle for that. As I looked through my collection of writing quotes, I noticed that Stephen King’s name seemed to pop up quite a bit. Taking it as a sign, I decided to focus on his quotes for this post. Almost all of these are new to me and they definitely give me the boost I need as I proceed with my preparation.
- “We are writers, and we never ask one another where we get our ideas; we know we don’t know.”
- “A little talent is a good thing to have if you want to be a writer. But the only real requirement is the ability to remember every scar.”
- “The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better.”
- “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
- “Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.”
- “It starts with this: put your desk in the corner, and every time you sit down there to write, remind yourself why it isn’t in the middle of the room. Life isn’t a support system for art. It’s the other way around.”
- “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 is to shovel shit from a sitting position.”
- “Let’s get one thing clear right now, shall we? There is no Idea Dump, no Story Central, no Island of the Buried Bestsellers; good story ideas seem to come quite literally from nowhere, sailing at you right out of the empty sky: two previously unrelated ideas come together and make something new under the sun. Your job isn’t to find these ideas but to recognize them when they show up.”
I’m bouncing between two possible stories. Being a plotter/pantser mash up NaNo writer, I have found that as time goes by I do best if I have my characters fleshed out, if only in my head, and a vague story with a starting point. A third story has been lurking in the background and it involves characters from a previous NaNo novel. I’m going to need more than quotes to help me make a final decision.
If you are a story writer, what inspires you to write? Do your characters lead the story? Are you more a pantser or a plotter? Are you taking part in NaNoWriMo?
I would love to hear from you!