All that I know about my life, it seems, I have learned in books.” Jean-Paul Sartre

Words for thought: Inspirational quotes about writing and reading

The approach of a New Year is always a time for reflection. Our thoughts turn to what we’ve achieved in the time that’s passed as we simultaneously make resolutions for the coming twelve months. For writers, this could mean anything from starting a novel, self-publishing, or even just turning off the TV and reading more (the best way to hone the craft). Personally, I’m aiming to tackle those feature ideas that have lingered on my list for far too long and start work on the novel that I’ve been meaning to write for even longer. With the self-publishing industry booming, it continues to be an exciting time for authors and I’m also looking forward to working with some fellow writers  in 2014. To give myself a little kick-start, I’ve been reading quotes on reading and writing by some of my favourite authors, which I thought I’d share with you here. Whatever stage you’re at with your own writing project, I hope that you find them as inspiring as I did. Wishing you a happy Christmas and an extremely productive New Year! Danielle x

Sartre's famous quote about writing“All that I know about my life, it seems, I have learned in books.” Jean-Paul Sartre 

“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

“There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be.” Doris Lessing

“Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.” Stephen King

“You need three things to become a successful novelist: talent, luck and discipline. Discipline is the one element of those three things that you can control, and so that is the one that you have to focus on controlling, and you just have to hope and trust in the other two.” Michael Chabon

“Truly, books are wonderful things; to sit alone in a room and laugh and cry, because you are reading, and still be safe when you close the book; and having finished it, discover you are changed, yet unchanged!” Fay Weldon

Virginia Woolf: quotes about writing“So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that matters; and whether it matters for ages or only for hours, nobody can say. ” Virginia Woolf

“Write the book you want to read, the one you cannot find.” Carol Shields

“Publishing a book is like stuffing a note into a bottle and hurling it into the sea. Some bottles drown, some come safe to land, where the notes are read and then possibly cherished, or else misinterpreted, or else understood all too well by those who hate the message. You never know who your readers might be.” Margaret Atwood

“It’s true that writing is a solitary occupation, but you would be surprised at how much companionship a group of imaginary characters can offer once you get to know them.” Anne Tyler

“Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” Kurt Vonnegut

Leonard Cohen: Quotes about Writing“Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.” Leonard Cohen

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