We all sometimes need a bit of encouragement, don't we?
I was feeling dismal and couldn’t do anything, not even write despite that writing is my biggest enjoyment and the greatest love.
Then I lurked in the web and found many encouraging quotes by those whom I admire and who have probably felt the same at least once in their lifetime. Those words gave me courage and hope, and so I am sharing them with my fellow writers.
"I learned to write by writing. I tended to do anything as long as it felt like an adventure, and to stop when it felt like work, which meant that life did not feel like work." - Neil Gaiman.
"Writing is the most fun you can have by yourself." - Terry Pratchett.
"You need not expect to get your book right the first time." - Mark Twain.
"To aspiring writers, I say : Don't give up. Storytelling has been an integral part of the human condition since the beginning of time. Don't let anyone tell you your dreams don't have value. They do." - Beverly Jenkins.
"Every professional writer has that first moment of breathless chills like a caffeine pill has just kicked in and you feel like the words you read are not words but wings and you can fly with them." - Tiffany Reisz.
"If it pleases you and you can write at all, it's gonna please somebody else." - Charlaine Harris.
"You don't start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it's good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That's why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence." - Octavia Butler.
"Once upon a time, something happened, and it was better than something not happening. The end." - Dan Harmon.
"Writing is an extreme privilege but it's also a gift. It's a gift to yourself and it's a gift of giving a story to someone." - Amy Tan.
"Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for love, and then for a few close friends, and then for money." - Moliére.
And my favorite:"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation." - Herman Melville.