Words of Advice

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Recently, I found out that some words of advice I had come up with had been chosen as “Top Quote” at the iAuthor website. That got me thinking about inspiration…those things that stimulate our creativity and get us moving. If you’re anything like me, you need a daily kick in the pants to keep your focus on priorities. So let’s share some advice and inspiration, either your own or that of someone else. What gets you going? What revs your engine? Puts you into gear? Sets you in motion?

My advice had to do with shoving writer’s block out of your way so you could get on with the task of writing.

Butt-In-Chair

Now it’s your turn!

About Donna Fasano

Donna Fasano is an award-winning, bestselling author of romance novels and contemporary women's fiction. Her books have sold 3.6 million copies worldwide.

Comments

  1. Great post, Donna!

    Here’s one of mine: I am changing my life one thought at a time! :)

  2. If you are having trouble getting to the writing desk, go immediately to the author you admire the most and start reading. The writing that you fell in love with will soon dissolve all blocks.

  3. Barbara Silkstone says:

    This is the opening line in one of my books. I wrote it and then sat back and said… that works for plotting a story or living your life.

    “Sometimes the journey you set out on is not the one you return from.” :)

  4. Penelope Crowe says:

    I love “The privilige of a lifetime is being who you are.”

    I agree. Thanks Donna–great post.
    XO
    Pen

  5. Butt in chair…love it. : )

  6. The great American novel has not only already been written, it has already been rejected. W. Somerset Maugham ~ Keep #AmWriting, friends! Nothing has changed except that we now have a chance writers of old didn’t have–self publishing! We can make ourselves known. If you write well, readers WILL notice.

    My cure for writer’s block: Read the last three chapters of your WIP. Then immediately take a long hot shower until the water runs cool. Stay in there until the ideas surface. The negative ions created by the water hitting the surface and the drowning out of all other sounds works wonders. Remember to have your notepad ready. Also, the cooler the water is the better; the hot at first just helps you relax. :)

  7. I am not an author, but my all time favorite quote………..Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way!

  8. Write the book you want to read. It’s a simple as that.

  9. I love quotes like these and have a series of quotes about books and writing that I post to the Facebook pages of both my websites. Those for TheIndieView are usually aimed at authors. They vary from inspirational to funny. In addition to Donna’s quote, here are a few of my recent favorites.

    We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master – Ernest Hemingway

    Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life. – Lawrence Kasdan

    It seems evasive to say “My inspiration comes from everywhere.” Yet, it really does, doesn’t it? We all find gems of inspiration in the most peculiar places – Stephen Hise

    I do not like to write. I like to have written – Gloria Steinham

  10. Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
    – E.L. Doctorow

  11. I do apply the butt glue every day. I’m not always inspired but when I sit down. I try to move the plot forward. I actually don’t believe in writer’s block. I think you must sit down and write every day .If you have an idea of where you want the story to go, you can just sketch in the outline of what happens next,. Even if what you write is sometimes pedestrian, you can go back when you ARE inspired and add color and background. I often get into ‘the zone’ when I am just fleshing out ideas. The zone hits you when you least expect it. But you’ll never find it if you don’t sit down and try.

    I recently hit the zone. I didn’t expect it, I was just trying out a scene and then- wham, I was there. I was freewheeling, in the story, in the skin of my characters.

  12. 1st fave quote about writing: “The Journey is the Reward.” Writing is our bliss and we should enjoy every minute of it. My husband quotes this to me if he sees me frowning as I write.

    2nd fave: “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard… is what makes it great. ” From A League of Their Own.

    Write everyday can’t be said enough. Keep a pad of paper beside you when you’re watching TV. You never know where a plot idea or fix will come from.

  13. Imogen Rose says:

    My favorite one is by Hank Moody (Californication)
    “I can’t teach you how to write, and anyone who says they can is full of ****.”

    But Donna wanted me to post this one… “Write or I’ll mallet you.”

    And I am skeered of Donna :/

  14. The good stuff is always worth the work it takes…

  15. Imogen Rose says:

    ^^^ See what I mean, I got censored :/

  16. It’s better to burn out than fade away. – Def Leppard, Rock of Ages (This is my motto.)

  17. Another favourite quote of mine….

    “Writing is a lonely job, unless you’re a drinker, in which case you always have a friend within reach.”

    :D

  18. My dad always said, “You don’t have to feel like it to do it.”

  19. My boys hate it when I say this, but that’s only because they’re arguing with me about something. However, it works for anything where you’d like to add a little bit of special oomph behind you :)

    This is a battle of the will’s, and *I* will win.

  20. It sounds like a curse word, but bichok is an appropriate command. Butt In Chair, Hands On Keys.

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