“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
– Oscar Wilde
Welcome to the latest installment in my series of Motivational Quotes for writers. We’re moving quickly through the alphabet and now we’re already up to O. The word for today is Optimism, which I believe is an important ingredient for getting that book project finished. After all, if you don’t believe you’re good enough and have what it takes to get through to the end, why get started at all? You’d be much better off staying in your day job.
Here’s a few more quotes I came across:
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an
optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
– Winston Churchill
“Life is too short to spend your precious time trying to
convince a person who wants to live in gloom and doom
otherwise. Give lifting that person your best shot, but
don’t hang around long enough for his or her bad
attitude to pull you down. Instead, surround yourself
with optimistic people.”
– Zig Ziglar
However, how do we retain our optimism in the face of repeated knock backs and defeats?
Believe in yourself.
Break the task down into smaller, more achievable chunks.
Take some classes and skill up.
Ask someone we trust for advice.
Keep thinking laterally and looking for the opportunity. There’s more than one way to skin a cat.
Keep writing. Set yourself a daily word limit to reach or a length of time to write. I don’t do this but I’ve read this recommendation a lot.
Read some books, watch some people. Open your eyes and ears and constantly be on the look out for new ideas, observations, details which could help a story along down the track.
Keep a small notebook for ideas with you.
I hope this encourages you all to feel more optimistic and positive about your writing and now we all just need to get out there and do it!
Do you have anything else to add? I’d love to hear from you!
Welcome to the latest installment in my series of Motivation Quotes for writers as part of the Blogging A-Z April Challenge.
The timing of this quote is pure coincidence. However, yesterday when this should’ve gone up, the world watched on in abject horror as those blazing orange flames engulfed historic Notre Dame Cathedral. As I and millions like me, watched on in shock and abject horror, the fire department fought that blaze with everything they had and more and they managed to salvage more of the cathedral than I ever thought was possible. Confirmation…never give up!
“I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind.
Some come from ahead and some come from behind.
But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my
troubles are going to have troubles with me!”
― Dr. Seuss
All too often, we hear the most incredible stories of overcoming illness, disability, terrible accidents and even going as far as conquering Everest, the mighty mountain herself.
However, I also somewhat disagree with Winston Churchill. While never giving up might be good political rhetoric, sometimes we need to give up, walk away and try something else. Perhaps, devoting a year or so to writing that book, isn’t worth the investment either in time or money. We need to be strategic, and try to see the bigger picture and no be so focused on the goal that there is no plan B.
With this in mind, I’ve included the following quotes:
“Failed plans should not be interpreted as a failed
vision. Visions don’t change, they are only refined.
Plans rarely stay the same, and are scrapped or
adjusted as needed. Be stubborn about the vision, but
flexible with your plan.”
John C. Maxwell
“Throwing your heart into something is great, but
when any one thing becomes all that you stand for,
you’re vulnerable to an identity crisis when you pivot