22 Jan Tribute to Authors That Inspired
As my own work is coming to publication, this is perhaps a tribute to those writers I aspired to be like in some way. And of course, sometimes sabotaged myself by thinking, no, I could never write this way nor as well. That’s the hard part of loving books and loving the work of writing – you’re never quite done, but at some point you have to let it go out into the world rather just keep it in the many notebooks stuffed in secret places around the house and hidden in the various files on my computer. Even though I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, I’m finally coming out as a writer – a first time novelist even, and this list includes many of the writers who I’m grateful weren’t afraid to put it on the page and send it out into the world!
- Claire Messud – “Yes, writing is essential to me. It’s my way of living in the world.”
- W. Somerset Maugham – “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”
- Elizabeth Gilbert – “Embrace the glorious mess that you are!”
- Cheryl Strayed – “Write like a mother F*cker.”
- Alexandra Fuller – “In ways I don’t entirely have the words for, an experience, thought or a lesson isn’t real for me until I’ve written down.”
- Sebastian Junger – “Who wants a life of ease? And who wants a life in the office that you hate, and who wants to play golf?”
- Melissa Bank – “I feel in some ways I’ve had a difficult life. And it makes me the writer I am, in what I value, what I respect and what I hold dear.”
- Frank McCourt – “I learned the significance of my own insignificant life.”
- Chris Pavone – “Although no one loves a typo, it’s close to impossible to eradicate every single little mistake in a manuscript.”
- Amanda Eyre Ward – “When you are small, if you reach out, and nobody takes your hand, you stop reaching out, and reach inside, instead.”
What are some of your favorite authors and what quotes keep you inspired?