Quote of the day: Stephen King

“When asked, “How do you write?” I invariably answer, “One word at a time,” and the answer is invariably dismissed. But that is all it is. It sounds too simple to be true, but consider the Great Wall of China, if you will: one stone at a time, man. That’s all. One stone at a time. But I’ve read you can see that motherfucker from space without a telescope.” 
— Stephen King

I refer back to this quote whenever I’m beating myself up over word count. Or like lack thereof in today’s case. Some days, no matter how. Hard. I. Try. I can’t seem to force the wordage. That’s when I put the manuscript away, and focus on other things. Like writing advice from Stephen King.

If you’re finding yourself in a similar situation, it’s okay. Write one word, ten, forty. Two hundred.

Keep adding those stones to your wall. Pretty soon you’ll see that mother sucker from the moon. XO

You’re amazing. Your writing is amazing. You’re writing a FREAKIN’ book! That’s made of so much awesomesauce, never forget that. <333333

Top Ten: Quotes for Writers and Word Nerds

Unfortunately, I don’t have time for a super long post today because I’m spending the weekend putting the final (okay the sixth, or seventh FINAL) touches on my latest project. I started it at the end of December, shelved it in early January – wrote another book in between – and brought it back out a few weeks ago, to really edit it into perfection. I really like it, and I even made a video trailer for it. (Visual aides are my weakness, you should try it sometime!) But that’s staying underground for a bit, I’ll put it up on Youtube eventually.

The first round of query letters are going out SOON(ish), so I’m super excited. That’ll bring my submission count up to three novels circulating at once. Two projects are still under consideration by some mighty fine agencies, so we’ll see how this lil’ guy does. Soooo, since I’m editing and doing all that fun writerly stuff, here are some quotes for all you writers out there doing the same thing this weekend. Happy Friday! XOXOXOXOXO

Top Ten Quotes for Writers and Word Nerds

1.) “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” — Ernest Hemingway

2.) “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” — Toni Morrison

3.) “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” — Robert Frost

4.) “We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.” — Kurt Vonnegut

5.) “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” — Stephen King

6.) “Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money.” — Virginia Woolf

7.) “Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters.” — Neil Gaiman

8.) “Write the kind of story you would like to read. People will give you all sorts of advice about writing, but if you are not writing something you like, no one else will like it either.” — Meg Cabot

9.) “This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It’s that easy, and that hard.” — Neil Gaiman

10.) “So what? All writers are lunatics!” — Cornelia Funk

Highway to hell

“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”
— Stephen King

Nuh-uh Stephen. The road to hell is paved with mocktails. Duh.

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