Over time, I’ve aggregated a number of famous (and not-so-famous) quotes that I think frame the writer’s never-ending hunt for inspiration and the ability to craft story.
Here are my ‘7 Axioms of Writing’. Or maybe 7 Immutable Laws of Writing? Either way, I have this printed out and hanging on my office wall.
Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.— Winston Churchill
“The job of the writer is not to supply the ideas it is to be patient enough to find the ideas.”— Malcolm Gladwell
“You cannot wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”— Jack London
“I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it I’m inspired at nine o’clock every morning.”— Peter De Vries
“To be a writer of any measure, one must be a reader in full measure.”— S.E. Allen
And then again,
“Writer’s block; you only get stumped when you’re not in touch deeply enough with your topic.”— S.E Allen
“A limited-objective mission that flies is more desirable than a gold-plated one that sits forever on the drawing board.”— Paul D. Spudis