Inspire Your Writing

Keep these quotes from the amazing Neil Gaiman in the back of your mind while you draft

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Neil Gaiman (born in 1960) is the bestselling author of such wonderful novels as American Gods, The Graveyard Book, and Stardust.

Here are a dozen of his quotes to help you write your novel!

1. Rule one, you have to write. If you don’t write, nothing will happen.

This quote should be plastered to the corner of your laptop or computer screen. It should be plastered to every corner of your screen. It should be plastered to every corner of the your writing room, honestly! Because this is one of the big truths about writing. You can talk about it all you want, you can dream about your stories, but nothing will happen until you put your butt in the chair and write. …


Inspire Your Writing

Here is some helpful advice from the author of the Outlander series

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Diana Gabaldon (born in 1952) is the hugely popular author of the Outlander series. Here are five fantastic quotes she’s shared over the years to help you with your writing!

1. When I turned 35, I thought, ‘Mozart was dead at 36, so I set the bar: I’m going to start writing a book on my next birthday.’ I thought historical fiction would be easiest because I was a university professor and know my way around a library, and it seemed easier to look things up than make them up.

So many of us think we’ve missed our chances, our opportunities, if we haven’t been published by thirty, or thirty-five, or forty, or whatever random age you’ve designated for yourself. When I started writing fiction at twenty-five, I had a five-year goal. I wanted to be a traditionally published author by the time I hit thirty. At minimum I wanted a publishing deal by thirty. And here I am, thirty-six years old, twenty-one novel manuscripts under my belt and some writing successes here and there but still no publishing deal and certainly no books on shelves yet. Does this make me sad? Sometimes. But at the end of the day you need to step back and look at the larger picture. …


Inspire Your Writing

Here are some useful quotes from one of our finest authors

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F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896–1940) is the legendary author behind such classics as The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night, and This Side of Paradise.

Here are five fantastic quotes he shared with us about writing!

1. All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.

This quote is kind of amazing. I feel like I’ve heard it before, and I didn’t until now know it was attributed to F. Scott Fitzgerald. It sounds funny at first, but the man is really telling the truth here. …


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Here are some wonderful quotes from the hilarious and inspirational Carrie Fisher

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Carrie Fisher (1956–2016) is best known as the world-famous actress of the Star Wars saga, as well as When Harry Met Sally, The Blues Brothers, and countless other movies.

But she was also an extremely accomplished writer throughout the decades — novelist, screenwriter, essay writer — and she has given us some amazing advice that will help inspire your creativity!

1. I always wrote. I wrote from when I was 12. That was therapeutic for me in those days. I wrote things to get them out of feeling them, and onto paper. …


Inspire Your Writing

The Oscar-nominated director of Fight Club and Gone Girl has given us some excellent advice about creativity

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David Fincher (born in 1962) is one of the best filmmakers of his generation. His many incredible films include Seven, Fight Club, The Social Network, and Gone Girl.

Here are four fantastic quotes he has shared throughout the years that will make you a better writer!

1. It’s a bad day when you don’t get the work done that you need to get done or you don’t get it done to the satisfaction.

I’ve said many times before how important it is to show up as a writer every single day. It doesn’t have be a lot. It can be just ten or twenty minutes if that’s all yo have. But when you show up every day and give the latest scene or revision or article or whatever it is your all, there’s no telling how much success you can have in the long run. …


Inspire Your Writing

Here’s some fantastic advice from one of our greatest authors

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William Faulkner (1897–1962) was the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of such classic novels as The Sound of the Fury, As I Lay Dying, and Light in August.

Here are seven of his wonderful quotes to inspire your writing!

1. There is no mechanical way to get the writing done, no shortcut. The young writer would be a fool to follow a theory. Teach yourself by your own mistakes; people learn only by error.

This is the sad and beautiful truth about writing. Sad because it’s true: you can’t just learn the mechanical way to get the writing done and then produce incredible work.


Inspire Your Writing

Here’s some wonderful wisdom from the Oscar-nominated writer and director

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Nora Ephron (1941–2012) was the celebrated writer/director of classic films like Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail, she was the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of When Harry Met Sally, and she was the hilarious essay writer of I Feel Bad About My Neck and other amazing collections.

Here are six wonderful quotes she left us that will help you in your writing life!

1. Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real. Reading is grist. …


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Here’s some wisdom from the Oscar-winning director

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Clint Eastwood (born in 1930) is one of the most acclaimed film actors and directors still working today. His many great films include Unforgiven, Mystic River, and Million Dollar Baby.

Here are four amazing quotes he has shared over the years that will inspire your storytelling!

1. I’ve never met a genius. A genius to me is someone who does well at something he hates. Anybody can do well at something he loves — it’s just a question of finding the subject.

It’s hard as a writer not to look around at other more successful writers and think there’s something wrong with you. That you’re less than. …


In 2018 I started on this site with exactly zero followers, but a little more than two years later, I’ve reached 7,000!

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One thing I don’t often pay much attention to on Medium is my number of followers.

Because there’s something kind of strange about the number of followers you have on Medium: at the end of the day… it doesn’t matter a whole lot.

When you have a few thousand followers on Twitter, theoretically up to a few thousand people who follow you might see your latest tweet you send into the universe. Sure, most of them won’t, but at least the thought is there. I mean, if you have a couple million followers and you tweet something, people are definitely going to see it!

Medium works a little differently. If you create a publication and people follow it, then yes, that makes a difference because you can e-mail Newsletters to those followers and keep them up to date about your latest Medium stories. …


Inspire Your Writing

Here is some inspiration for your writing day from the legendary Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882) was a poet, philosopher, lecturer, and essayist, certainly one of the most famous writers of the nineteenth century.

Here are some fantastic words of wisdom from Mr. Emerson to inspire your writing day!

1. He that writes to himself writes to an eternal public.

Look at this, a man who died nearly 140 years ago, and here’s a writing tip that’s still more relevant than ever!

Something that’s so hard to learn about writing, especially when you’re just starting out, is that in the long run you will actually have more success if you write for yourself than if you write for a specific kind of audience, for a specific kind of market. …

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