Words of wisdom

I need to let you in on a little secret. I have an obsession with quotes. Those words of wisdom that if they weren’t so right, they’d indeed be corny, of which some are very much so.

You see sometimes when I can’t find the right words, I look for quotes.

Recently our eldest daughter (my step daughter) when through a rough patch of self-doubt. I couldn’t find the perfect words to say to her, so I hand wrote her a page of colourful, quirky little quotes to inspire her and also remind her how special and talented she is. She now has it pinned on her bedroom wall.

But it’s not always those little life quotes that I love. My particular love is for words of wisdom from authors. For a budding author who better to listen to and be inspired by?

So in celebration of great writers I’ve put together a collection of my favourite author quotes, many of which adorn the pinboard in my office. They are not only just inspiring but many are simply just great words of wisdom from those who know.

If you want to be a writer you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. – Stephen King
I’m always pretending that I’m sitting across from somebody. I’m telling them a story and I don’t want them to get up until it’s finished. – James Patterson
If you are using dialogue – say it aloud as you write it. Only then will it have the sound of speech.’ – John Steinbeck
There’s nothing to writing. All you do is just sit down at a typewriter and bleed. – Ernest Hemingway
It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.  – C. J. Cherryh
Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.  – E. L. Doctorow
We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master. – Ernest Hemingway
Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any. – Orson Scott Card
Do you love or loathe quotes?
What’s your favourite inspirational quote?