books to have something to write about. Although there are a lot of other 'bookish' matters that you can write about, but that depends entirely on inspiration. I have spent this - once again very windy - morning to read inspirational blog posts, recommendations, inspirations, good advice and so on, to start out this week in a good way.
So, since I am stuck with three books that I have promised to review, but not yet finished, I have no reviews to share today. I have to turn to inspirational quotes from writers on how you get inspired, about the handy craft of writing and how they look at their writing career. Here are some quotes that might inspire you. I think most of them can inspire bloggers as well.
W. Somerset Maugham
Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple, learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen. John Steinbeck
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.
If, while writing your novel, it starts "speaking" to you, don't answer back, keep it talking.
David John Griffin
Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.
It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.
It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.
C. J. Cherryh
Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.
Henry David Thoreau
I have been successful probably because I have always realised that I knew nothing about writing and have merely tried to tell an interesting story entertainingly.
Edgar Rice Burroughs
I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
Words are a lens to focus one’s mind.
Half my life is an act of revision.
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.
A word is dead
When it is said,
I say it just begins
to live that day.
So many things are true in the quotes above. Some seem to be able to write without any effort at all, while others use blood, sweat and tears to produce something. Saul Bellow's words struck a cord with me. I don't know about you, but when I wake up in the middle of the night, it seems that this is the time when you get your best ideas! Or, you could remember something you have forgotten which might make you sleepless for the rest of the night, which is not good.
Barbara Kingsolver's words are also very good, especially for bloggers I think. Reading a lot of other blogs, it seems the most bloggers come up with the idea that they don't know what to write about and/or are unsure what their readers want to read. Here I agree that you really have to write about things that interests yourself. It is impossible to write for everyone.
I hope you have a lot of inspiration for the blog posts this week. What do you do to get inspiration?