Writing Quotes

A quick post, late in the day. Actually, it’s already evening here. Been a busy writer-mom today, juggling lots of duties. Been an exciting day, too, with many good things in the works.

I’m spending a lot of time at my desk right now. This is good. It means I’m working. It means I’m writing. Strewn about me as I type are pencils and papers and stacked up notebooks and an empty box of Frango double chocolates and two plastic army men belonging to my kiddo.

Above my desk is a small whiteboard, which I’ve filled with my favorite quotes, as well as some bits and baubles* from over the years. Here’s a pic:

A few of my favorite things

I love quotes about writing. These quotes in particular. In case you can’t read my tiny scribbles, here they are again.

“If the writer’s not surprised, the reader’s not surprised.” – Bret Anthony Johnston

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” – William Wordsworth

“I am entitled to tell this particular story in a way no one else can.” – Amy Hempel

“Caress the detail, the divine detail.” – Vladimir Nabokov

“Slow down where it hurts.” – Steve Almond

“The writer is the one who stays in the room.” – Ron Carlson

I read through these quotes often as I write. They act like reflective stiles along the edge of a curving road. They keep me from driving off the cliff.

Do you have favorite writing quotes that keep you on track? I’d love to hear them. In the meantime, I need to get back to work.

* Just so it’s clear: the “Amy rocks” magnets are not me being conceited, but rather an award from a friend given to me years ago after I accepted a bizarre dare.