There is something very special about new beginnings. As I prepared to launch this blog I checked out some tips from well-known authors on ‘getting started’.
Is there any book or project you would like to complete but for some reason you haven’t started? The most difficult step is often the first one.
With that in mind here are my favorite writing quotes on the subject of “getting started” from some famous authors.
“The scariest moment is always just before you start.” ~ Stephen King
“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” ~ Louis L’Amour
“Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.” ~ William Faulkner
“Don’t be nervous. Work calmly, joyously, recklessly on whatever is in hand.” ~ Henry Miller
“Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down.” ~ Ray Bradbury
“You want to be a writer? A writer is someone who writes every day – so start writing.” ~ Shonda Rhimes
“Write what you know. Write what you want to know more about. Write what you’re afraid to write about.” ~ Cec Murphy
“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” ~ Jack London
“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 S. Buck
“I always know the ending; that’s where I start.” ~ Toni Morrison
“The point of a notebook is to jumpstart the mind.” ~ John Gregory Dunne
“Before you can write anything, you have to notice something.” ~ John Irving
“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” ~ Stephen King
“Writing a novel is like heading out over the open sea in a small boat. It helps, if you have a plan and a course laid out.” ~ John Gardner
“You don’t have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great.” ~ Les Brown
“If you wait for inspiration, you’re not a writer, but a waiter.” ~ Anonymous
“If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.” ~ Martin Luther
“All my life, I’ve been frightened at the moment I sit down to write.” ~ Gabriel Garcia Marquez
“You don’t find time to write. You make time.” ~ Nora Roberts
“The one ironclad rule is that I have to try. I have to walk into my writing room and pick up my pen every weekday morning.” ~ Anne Tyler
“There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.”
~ Beatrix Potter
I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe it will inspire you to give your writing a kickstart.
Please let me know in the comments section below if you have any favorites or if you know of any other good quotations on this subject.