For my fellow writers, the onset of fall can be an interesting time. The weather is chilling, so you actually want to stay inside and write. It’s the perfect time to act like an Instagram star and curl up with your computer, hot chocolate in hand, and write one of the best scenes for your current work in progress (WIP). Few things can compare with working on a truly fantastic story in the autumn.
Still, a lot of people find themselves at a loss for motivation during the fall and winter seasons. You don’t want to get out from beneath the covers because your feet hate the feel of cold hard wood floors. You’re tired of having to double layer your socks. On a deeper note, Seasonal Affective Disorder kicks in about this time of year, and suffers find it much more difficult than most to handle the earlier nights, dimmer days and rainy evenings.
Whether Seasonal Affective Disorder affects you, or you’re just like me and don’t paticularly enjoy dim, rainy evenings, it helps to remember the lovely things about life during the fall. The majestic changing foliage, the much-needed family time, Thanksgiving (In America) with loved ones and Christmas to celebrate the birth of Christ (even though it actually happened on a different day). There’s also more time in the evenings to work on your amazing manuscript! Really, there is so much to be excited about!
So, in order to help inspire your winter wonderland writing spirits (alliteration, anyone?), I’ve compiled a short list of quotes to motivate your writing!
“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”
“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”
“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”
“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
“You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.”
“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ‘tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”
“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.
Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”
“Fiction is the truth inside the lie.”
Also, one of the most writing beautiful quotes I’ve ever come upon:
“The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them — words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out. But it’s more than that, isn’t it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you’ve said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That’s the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller but for want of an understanding ear.”
I hope these quotes inspire the great literary genius within you. Strive to write the story that can only be written by your hand, by your mind and by your soul. Keep going! Remember:
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop,”
“the man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones,” (Confucius).
In the words of the poet and playwright Rabindranath Tagore,
“Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers,
but to be fearless in facing them.
Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but
for the heart to conquer it.”
A little more encouragement from God’s Word:
Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
James 1:12 (NEW INTERNATION VERSION, NIV)
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:14 (NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV)
“Stand firm and you will win life.”
Luke 21:19 (NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV)
3.) The Bible, New Internation Version (NIV)