from Karen Harrington
Well, it's that time again. I'm starting a new novel this week. The endeavor is not unlike the nervous anticipation of going on a trip. You're excited. You're worried. You can't wait to get there. You wonder if you've packed the right clothes. You are certain you've packed too much. That suitcase looks awfully heavy for one person to carry. And you are quite certain that after the first leg of the trip, a nice glass of wine would be very much appreciated.
At different times in my writing life, each of these quotes was on a Sticky-Note somewhere on my desk, reminding me of a fundamental truth about writing. And I thought I'd take these out today and let them help me carry that heavy suitcase out the door.
1. "One of the first things you learn as a writer is that you write what you can, not what you want." - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
2. "To write well, express yourself like the common people, but think like a wise man." Aristotle
3. "The function of a writer is to raise questions not to find answers." Doris Lessing
4. "A good novelist does not have to describe everything about the sea as long as he knows it." - Ernest Hemingway
5. "If I had listened to what people said I would never have been a writer." - John Wain
6. "Last week I spent five days writing one page..." - Gustave Flaubert
7. "Writers need solitude as others need sleep." - Source Unknown
8. "It's only after you've written a book that you find out what it's about because everyone tells you." Helen Fielding
9. "The best research is talking to people." Jeffrey Archer
10. "You can. You know you can conquer your fears. That's what a writer is -- a conqueror of fears." - Erica Jong
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