The psyche of a writer bounces wildly, hourly, from confidence to self-doubt with stops along the way for joy, fear, questioning one’s choices in life, and cookies. Wild times like these call for reassurance. Here are some of the reminders I keep for myself that putting words on paper is indeed worth pursuing.
The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.
- Steven Pressfield
The skill it takes to produce a sentence—the skill of lining events, actions, and objects in a strict logic—is also the skill of creating a world.
- Stanley Fish
The more circumspectly you delay writing down an idea, the more maturely developed it will be on surrendering itself.
- Walter Benjamin
Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
- Kurt Vonnegut
Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish.
- John Steinbeck