Writing Motivation #2

“Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.”- Barbara Kingslover
“I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.” – Pearl A. Buck
“Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.” – Natalie Goldberg.
“There are three rules for writing a novel, unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” -. Somerset Maugham.
“Love the writing, love the writing, love the writing… the rest will follow.” – Jane Yolen.

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14 thoughts on “Writing Motivation #2”

  1. The value of these pearls doesn’t diminish over time; one cannot be reminded of them often enough.

    Thanks, — Chris.

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    1. Youre right. These quotes, no matter how clichè they sound, can be great incentive to keep writing, any time, any day.

      Thank you, Chris for stopping by and for your comment. I appreciate it.🙂

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  2. Hi Florence

    Thank you so much for posting these quotes and also for making the efforts to gather them.

    As we teach we learn, and as we share we grow.

    Karen’s input also reminds me the Arabic proverb that says “Knowledge lies among the students”

    However, I would like to add my idea in the form of a question: What prevent us to start writing in the first place?

    We hate being evaluated. Secondly, when we set out to write, we gather more information that we will ever need.

    Both of these efforts paralyse us as we think more about how our writing will be perceived or spend alot of time on analysing the information we had gathered respectively.

    Start writing stops the analysing paralysing bit, whereas forgetting ourself being evaluated suppresses our amygdala – this is part of our brain that incharge of our emotion.

    So when we are in state of emotion and unable to do anything, we need to remember that our amygdala is controlling us. So to free ourself from this state of being, we need to suppress our amygdala to enables our prefrontal cortex, the area of our brain that incharge of creating solutions, get into work as this will help us achieve our goals.

    Best regards

    Abdifatah Dhuhulow

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    1. This is an insightful comment and I must say that I’m enlightened. 😊❤ We learn from each other everyday. You answered the question; “What prevent us to write in the first place, ” well. As you rightly said, we hate being judged or evaluated or criticised – lack of confidence in our writing and this is the main reason why many notable works are left to die.
      Again, feeling that we are not good enough to write on a particular topic is part of lack of confidence.
      Our emotion should trigger our writing not stop it. Unfortunately, it stops a lot of people from writing.
      Naturally when we are emotional, we are distracted from writing but actually writing about our emotions, what we are feeling at the moment (anger, sorrow, happiness, excitement, anxiety.) can help us overcome our emotional state.
      Thank you so much for leaving a wonderful comment.

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      1. Hi Florence

        I am the one who should thank you more as I learn alot from your generousity, wisdoms and thoughts.

        Thank you so much for sharing your helpful advices and ideas with the world.

        Thank you once again.


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  3. Florence, I love these quotes. Pearl A. Bucks quote reminds me of a writing I love by Ijeoma Umebinyo which states “Start now. Start where you are. Start with fear. Start with pain. Start with doubt. Start with hands shaking. Start with voice trembling but start. Start and don’t stop. Start where you are, with what you have. Just… start.” Thank you for sharing 😊

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