Wednesday, March 4, 2015

#IWSG: Spark Your #Writing Intentions Today!

Here are six #inspirational #quotes to help motivate you toward your writing goals!

"In the unity of opposites, the hero cannot run away from the challenge. The hero is "in the cauldron," ... without it, the audience thinks, Why doesn't the hero just get the hell out of there? When you have it, the audience understands that the heroes are bound to keep up the fight" -- James Frey (How to Write a Damn Good Thriller).

"Conflict that holds our attention for long periods of time is meaningful, immediate, large scale, surprising, not easily resolved and happens to people for whom we feel sympathy" -- Donald Maass (Writing the Breakout Novel).

"If your every sentence admits a doubt, your writing will lack authority. Save the auxiliaries would, should, could, may, might, and can for situations involving real uncertainty" -- Strunk & White (The Elements of Style).

"In a good script, every character must speak differently" -- Blake Snyder (Save the Cat).

"Teens don't focus on why they or others behave as they do; they just judge, act, and then react to the consequences" -- Deborah Halverson (Writing YA Fiction for Dummies).

"What makes every story unique in today's marketplace is execution. That's what you bring to the table as a writer" -- Mary Kole (Writing Irresistible Kidlit).

Do you have a favorite or inspiring quote for writers? Please, share in the comments!


  1. I have a couple:
    "You only fail if you stop writing." - Ray Bradbury
    "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to always try just one more time." - Thomas Edison

    I love good quotes.

  2. Teens 'judge, act, and react' Good advice, I'm going to remember that one. I too love a good quote. Thanks, Margo!

  3. Yes, I really needed the reminder about teens, because I write YA but I also tend to over analyze things! All these quotes are great reminders!

  4. I just love writing quotes. I can't get enough of them and you shared some I haven't read before. Thanks!

  5. All of those quotes are great. And they do point us in the right direction. Thanks, Margo.

  6. I don't have a favorite quote. Good quotes though. I like the teens one.

  7. One of my favorite writers is Terry Pratchett:
    "The pen is mightier than the sword if the sword is very short and the pen is very sharp."

  8. That first quote is the heart of fiction. Keep the character's feet in the fire until they've earned the right to walk away. :)

  9. That last one is good. We each come at a story with different life experiences, which means we'll bring something unique to it.