Turning to Other Writers for Inspiration

by Linda Rodriguez
Periodically, I get a little burned-out
from working too long and hard without a break. I start to face
resistance when I sit down to write. I have developed several
techniques for dealing with this, but the first one I always try—and
one that usually works—is to turn to what other writers have
written about the trials and tribulations of writing.

So I look at what other writers have
written about resistance, about finding themselves reluctant to sit
down and write, even when that’s what they most want to do. Many
writers have written about this topic because this state is one that
every writer finds herself or himself in sooner or later. As I go
down the long list of writers who have written about this miserable
place to find yourself, the first thing I encounter is a very wise
statement from science fiction writer, Kameron Hurley.

I quit now I will soon go back to where I started. And when I
started, I was desperate to get to where I am now.”

Kameron Hurley

realize, as I read, that the problem at bottom is always fear, no
matter what else is also involved. Yes, I’m tired and need a little
break and some recreational reading or activity that will help
restore and replenish my well of creativity, but always, lurking for
moments of exhaustion and weakness, is the writer’s bane, fear. And I
find a great writer there before me, as well.

work is greater than my fear.” –Audre Lord

for the next time you find yourself burned-out and exhausted and
coming up empty when you sit down to write here are more helpful
quotations from writers about the process.

is simply remembering what you want.” – Judith Claire Mitchell

writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is
turned on.” – Louis L’Amour

is the only answer.” –Ray Bradbury

word after a word after a word is power.”–Margaret Atwood

first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” — Terry

most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters
except sitting down every day and trying. ,,, This is the other
secret that real artists know and wannabe writers don’t. When we
sit down each day and do our work, power concentrates around us.”
– Steven Pressfield

you got some favorite quotations from writers that help you in such a

Linda Rodriguez’s book, Plotting the
Character-Driven Novel
, forthcoming Nov. 29, is based on her
popular workshop. Every Family Doubt, her fourth mystery
featuring Cherokee campus police chief, Skeet Bannion, is due in
June, 2017. Her three earlier Skeet novels—Every Hidden Fear,
Every Broken Trust, and Every Last Secret—and
her books of poetry—Skin Hunger
and Heart’s Migration—have
received critical recognition and awards, such as Malice
Domestic Best First Novel, International Latino Book Award, Latina
Book Club Best Book of 2014, Midwest Voices & Visions, Elvira
Cordero Cisneros Award, Thorpe Menn Award, and Ragdale and Macondo
Her short story, “The Good Neighbor,”
published in the anthology, Kansas City Noir, has been
optioned for film. Find her on the web at http://lindarodriguezwrites.blogspot.com.
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  1. Linda Rodriguez
    Linda Rodriguez says:

    I love your quote, Kimberly! So true. I actually keep a very long list of writers' quotations and just selected the few that seemed to speak to this situation for the post.

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