words of wisdom, writers on writing, whatever you want to call it, five quotes by writers for your Sunday!
You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.
― Ray Bradbury
Don’t take anyone’s writing advice too seriously.
– Lev Grossman
Start telling the stories that only you can tell, because there’ll always be better writers than you and there’ll always be smarter writers than you. There will always be people who are much better at doing this or doing that — but you are the only you.
― Neil Gaiman
You could have everything you’ve ever dreamed of as a writer, but that doesn’t mean you will be happy. Happiness is something that comes from within. It’s a state of mind. The good news is, this is one area you have control over. You decide how to respond to things that happen around you. The older I get (I’ll be 40 in October), the more I’m convinced that the way you think has a huge impact on how you feel.
A quick disclaimer before I continue: you will not be happy every single day for the rest of your life. There will be days that suck. But overall, there could be an underlying sense of joy in your life if you start focusing on the positives.
“I think there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners. The architects plan everything ahead of time, like an architect building a house. They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they’re going to have, where the wires are going to run, what kind of plumbing there’s going to be. They have the whole thing designed and blueprinted out before they even nail the first board up. The gardeners dig a hole, drop in a seed and water it. They kind of know what seed it is, they know if planted a fantasy seed or mystery seed or whatever. But as the plant comes up and they water it, they don’t know how many branches it’s going to have, they find out as it grows. And I’m much more a gardener than an architect.”
― George R.R. Martin