5 for Friday: More Writing Encouragement

Here are more encouraging words from 5 writers, taken from Advice to Writers, compiled and edited
by Jon Winokur.  Enjoy and Happy writing!

“For a
true writer each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for
something beyond attainment. He should always try for something that has never
been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great
luck, he will succeed.”


dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better
than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”

 –William Faulkner

“The best
advice on writing I ever received was: Invent
your confidence
. When you’re trying something new, insecurity and stage
fright come with the territory. Many wonderful writers (and other artists) have
been plagued by insecurity throughout their professional lives. How could it be
otherwise? By its nature, art involves risk. It’s not easy, but sometimes one
has to invent one’s confidence.”


the dishes unwashed and the demands on your time unanswered. Be ruthless and refuse
to do what people ask of you.”

Sharon Schwartz

out another notebook, pick up another pen, and just write, just write, just
write. In the middle of the world, make one positive step. In the center of
chaos, make one definitive act. Just write. Say yes, stay alive, be awake. Just
write. Just write. Just write.”

 –Natalie Goldberg




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