My 500 Words

I signed up for this “My 500 Words Challenge” and in the next 31 days, so help me God, I will write at least 500 words per day! Some inspiring quotes to get me started (thanks to Goodreads, Writer’s Digest, and my handy-dandy Kindle for the list):

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

(Maya Angelou, I know Why the Caged Bird Sings)

A story is a character who wants something and overcomes conflict to get it.”  (Donald Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years)

“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” (Ernest Hemingway)

“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.” (Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath)

“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.” (Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own)

“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.” (Madeleine L’Engle)

“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 tellar but for want of an understanding ear.” (Stephen King, Different Seasons)

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” (Robert Frost)

“When I started writing every day, I realized a painful truth: I can’t react and create at the same time. Neither can you.” (Jeff Goins, You are a Writer)

“You do not have to explain every single drop of water contained in a rain barrel. You have to explain one drop—H2O. The reader will get it.” (George Singleton)

“Write while the heat is in you. … The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with.” (Henry David Thoreau)

“If a nation loses its storytellers, it loses its childhood.” (Peter Handke)


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