Do you feel you 'need' to write? Feel there's a story inside you bursting to be told? Words dominating your thoughts and sentences parading before your very eyes? Still wondering what's stopping you? Here are some quotes to help you discard any doubts you may have about your ability to pen the future literary masterpiece and to set you on your way to becoming that fearless writer you might be destined to become.
It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.
My favourite by Hemingway: 'The Sun Also Rises'
If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.
My favourite by Maugham: 'Of Human Bondage'
Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.
My favourite by Kingsolver: 'The Lacuna'
Anecdotes don’t make good stories. Generally I dig down underneath them so far that the story that finally comes out is not what people thought their anecdotes were about.
My favourite by Munro: 'Something I've Been Meaning To Tell You: 13 stories'
There’s no such thing as writer’s block. That was invented by people in California who couldn’t write.
My favourite by Pratchett: 'Dodger'
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story within you.
My favourite by Angelou: 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings'
Just write everyday of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.
My favourite by Bradbury: 'The Halloween Tree'