Chloe Henderson’s colourful little book is full of uplifting quotes with illustrations and tips that will get the aspiring writer motivated to write:
- Write a book you’d like to read. If you wouldn’t read it, why would anybody else? (Hilary Mantel) The scariest moment is just before you start.
- No tears in the writer; No tears in the reader; No surprise in the writer, No surprise for the reader. (Robert Frost) Never forget the enduring power of a story.
- Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. (Anton Chekhov) Remember…, show, don’t tell!
- The secret of getting ahead is getting started. (Mark Twain) Look inside yourself, then beyond yourself and see that everyone has a unique story to tell – what’s yours?
- It’s better to write something imperfect that you could improve on later than to stare at a piece of paper (or a screen) waiting for ‘the muse’ to inspire you. (Deborah Nam-Krane) Allow yourself to make mistakes.
- There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be. (Doris Lessing) Make your own rules and stick to them.
- One writes out of one thing only – one’s own experience. (James Baldwin) Use your own experiences – both good and bad – as fuel for your writiing.
- Try to read your own work as a stranger would read it, or even better, as an enemy would. (Zadie Smith) Be objective when reading your work – imagine you’re reading someone else’s words.
- Increasse your word power. Words are the raw material of our craft. (P.D.James) Read for fun!
- The less conscious one is of being ‘a writer’, the better the writing. (Pico Iyer) Don’t ever think that you’re not good enough.