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A Little Encouragement to Write.

We all need a little encouragement every now and then. I can see you glancing furtively at your laptop, as you walk past it, knowing you want to stop and write. Somehow though, you just keep on walking by, Maybe you have too many things to do, or you are afraid your story is not going to be good enough. Truth is, there is only one tested way to deal with our demons: you face them.

Here is some encouragement to get you to take that first step. Enjoy!

Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labour, he’ll eventually make some kind of career for himself as a writer. Ray Bradbury

If you have other things in your life—family, friends, good productive day work—these can interact with your writing and the sum will be all the richer. David Brin

Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up. Jane Yolen

Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any. Orson Scott Card

Rejection slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil—but there is no way around them. Isaac Asimov

Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good. William Faulkner

I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged. Erica Jong


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