I’m not quite sure I’ve earned the right to call myself a Picture Book writer just yet (that’s another blog post right?), but here I am. A new Picture Book writer crossing my fingers tightly and hoping that a publishing house or agent will take a bite of my work soon. I’ve had my fishing line out for such a short time. But, I’m a strong believer that you have to be in the right place at the right time… with a brilliant piece of writing to begin with – most definitely.
Along my journey of plotting, drafting, writing, re writing and editing like there is no tomorrow, I’ve come across some inspiring quotes that gave me a good kick off the straight and narrow path to my finished Picture Book. Because the crazier and messier your writing journey is, the more chance you have of coming up with something that you can look back on and think – I didn’t know I had that in me! Here are my 10 thought-provoking quotes for new writers.
“The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” – Terry Pratchett
“You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.” – Jodi Picoult
“Words are our most inexhaustible course of magic.” – J. K. Rowling
“The writer is by nature a dreamer, a conscious dreamer.” Carson McCullers
“You can’t really use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” Maya Angelou
“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” – Robert Frost
“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” – Anton Chekhov
“It is perfectly okay to write garbage – as long as you edit brilliantly.” – C.J. Cherryh
“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” – Toni Morrison
“Start before you are ready.” – Steven Pressfield
I hope these have given you a sprinkle of inspiration in the right direction. If you are looking for more quotes, you might also enjoy these: