5 for Friday: Beginning Again


As mentioned before, I am just jumping back into my writing schedule after a couple weeks off and I need all the inspiration I can get. And as most of you know, I often look to quotes for inspiration. So here are five quotes about the process of beginning. Isn’t that always the most difficult part? The diving in? Hope these quotes help jump start your writing, too. Or help you continue on…


“I never had much patience with women who said, “Well, I can’t work this week or next week or the week after, but maybe I’ll work in six months’ time or maybe a years’ time.” I found one had to do some work every day, even at midnight, because either you’re a professional or you’re not.” –Barbara Hepworth


“Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. 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 Kingsolver


“You must write, not just think you’re going to… And you must widen your vocabulary, enjoy words. You must read widely, not in order to copy, but to find your own voice. It’s a matter of going through life with all one’s senses alive, to be responsive to experience, to other people.” P.D James


“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” –Sally Berger


“Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over.” –F. Scott Fitzgerald



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  1. Lori

    What a great post!

    Quotes really inspire me as well and the quotes from Barbara Kingsolver and P.D. James got me the most. I love when a quote, the saying, can physically shake your head YES and make you want to move or even the opposite, to connect with a pain or emotion that seems so unto you you could die; it’s fascinating!

    Ugh, I hope I get into the program haha.

    Take care,


  2. bradley morrow

    Hurray for the 11th reader,

    I am going to be the one to say i will buy my 11th reader any stake in the house.

    I sat down and put myself in the readers spot. I found a few areas I scratched my head as well. Needless to say there is now a fifth revision going with the forth revision as a base.

    Most of the areas i have found needed added to for clarification.

    So good note to self always look at the odd man out. They may have a point.

  3. Kate

    Good luck, Bradley! Ten people giving it a heads up is a good thing! Ultimately, we need to follow our own gut as writers, though, right? I mean, it’s our singular voice that makes the work shine. Keep us posted…

    You’re welcome, Cynthia! 🙂 I’m always starting over, too!

  4. Cynthia Schuerr

    Love the inspiration, Kate. Thank you!

    I can relate to the last quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It seems I am always starting over. 🙂 It used to upset me, but now I look at it as a new adventure. And I do finish, just as much as I start, so it’s all good:-)

    Thanks again,

  5. bradley morrow

    Thank you,

    I need to read those quotes. They helped put what i am trying to do in perspective. I wrote my first piece of work (that is still unplublish) as a way i think to take the stress off my personal life with my father illness. In essence fighting the demons on the ground of my choosing.

    I let eleven people read it. Ten liked it but the eleventh said she wanted it a little more exciting. Which spurred debate with others. However, it made want to go in and rewrite it. Two friends said they would break my fingers if i started to edit it before they got to read it. I was about to start my read and edit mode on it. I stopped in read the quotes. I believe i will wait until the others have a chance to sit and read it with me.


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