November 5, 2010


So the first week of NaNoWriMo is coming to an end. Have you kept up with your daily word goal, or have you fallen behind already? I am just barely on schedule (since I won't be writing on the weekends). The good news, my word count this time around is already triple it was last time around (I only got to 3000 word before I quit). That's something, right? But I know how it feels when you get behind on your word goal, and you keep getting behind. Before you know it, you've written half of what you meant to write in a week.


Yes, the goal of NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words in a month, but that doesn't mean you have to. No, you won't enter the winners' circle at the end of the month, but anything that gets you writing, making goals, and trying for them, counts as a success in my book. You are a winner to me.

So to follow up from Wednesday's post, here are some motivational quotes for you to print out and keep yourself writing.

A word is not the same with one writer as with another.  One tears it from his guts.  The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket.  
              Charles Peguy

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise.  The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.  
              Sylvia Plath

If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.
              Toni Morrison

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
              William Wordsworth

The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.
              Vladimir Nabakov

Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.
              Nathaniel Hawthorne

What no wife of a writer can ever understand is that a writer is working when he's staring out of the window. 
              Burton Rascoe

The best time for planning a book is while you're doing the dishes. 
              Agatha Christie

You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what's burning inside you.  And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.
              Arthur Polotnik

No author dislikes to be edited as much as he dislikes not to be published.
              Russell Lynes
Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness.  One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand. 
              George Orwell

These ought to get you started. For more, visit The Quote Garden.


  1. Nice post, as usual, Brooke. I had a bad day yesterday where I felt like just letting the project die silently, but plowed through that and am in my "up" mode again!

  2. Writing would better be called literary wrestling. Words can be so hard to pin down, and they always seek to break from your hold. Ah, but the victory is better than any medal or belt.

    -M.A. Moreno

  3. Thanks for the encouragement! I need to be motivated again, so I am definitely printing these out to help. Thanks!