Guest Post: Finding Inspiration Through Quotes

Today Nutshell is sharing this fabulous guest post as part of her Story Sprouts Blog Tour. Enjoy!

The road to publication is paved with detours, roadblocks and bad weather. It’s enough to discourage any one. This is why it’s important for writers to keep on finding things that inspire them to keep pushing onward. These sources of inspiration can include the family members and friends who cheer us on as we trudge along; mentors who appear in our life and show us hidden paths or share helpful traveling tips; and small treasures we discover on our trek: stories that inspire us and nuggets of wisdom that change us forever.

Sometimes we find these treasures while we’re watching a movie — maybe it’s a line of dialogue that sticks in our minds and makes us think. Often we find it while we’re reading blogs or books. And it’s important that we write these down or find a way to remember the lessons they share.

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to do just that. This year, whenever I encounter a great quote I plan to write them down. I’ve already set aside a small notebook just for this purpose. And if I happen to find these gems while browsing online, I plan to copy them onto my Evernote page so I can refer to them anytime.

Most of the quotes which inspire me to push on are quotes by authors, or quotes about writing in general. It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one who feels a certain way about writing, and that the authors I admire have taken the same journey I’m taking now. Reading these quotes reminds me that I am not traveling this road alone; that no matter how difficult the journey appears, it is not an impossible one; and that the people who reach their destination are the people who never give up.

I’d like to share some of my favorite writing quotes with you. I hope they inspire you to keep on walking this writing path, despite the detours, road blocks and occasional thunderstorm.

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. ~William Wordsworth

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. ~Anton Chekhov

The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible. ~Vladimir Nabakov

It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone. That is where the writer scores over his fellows: he catches the changes of his mind on the hop. ~Vita Sackville-West

The story I am writing exists, written in absolutely perfect fashion, some place, in the air. All I must do is find it, and copy it. ~Jules Renard

The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say. ~Anaïs Nin

You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you. ~Ray Bradbury

Thanks for having me on your blog, Karen!

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    • says

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I have a quote book which I love — sometimes just opening it up at random gives me just the right inspiration I need.

  1. says

    Diane, I wish I hadn’t been too lazy to write down quotes I found last year. I’m sure there were tons of them. This year is going to be different. :)
    Alex, I hadn’t thought about movies, but you’re right! They do have great quotes. I better include that in my list.
    Karen, thanks so much for having me here today!


    • says

      Nutschell, you have some really great quotes here. I really like the Jules Renard quote. ‘

      It’s been a pleasure hosting you on my blog for the Story Sprouts tour. :)

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