Two weeks ago at my writing retreat when I was nearing the end of my manuscript and wasn’t sure how it would all come together, my friend Uma Krishnaswami shared these quotes with me. They are paraphrases in the spirit of the original, things she reminds herself of in the uncertainty of the work. They’ve encouraged me, and I hope they’ll do the same for you.
Whatever moves you, write that story.
— Norma Fox Mazer
Write the book you don’t know how to write.
— M. T. Anderson
Trust that you will become the writer that the next revision needs you to be.
— Sharon Darrow
I’m beginning to understand that I’ll find my best writing only when I’m courageous enough to move toward the impossible and unknowable.
Stephanie Farrow says
And here’s another:
“We must be very strong to love the loneliness.” (Pier Paolo Pasolini)
Thank you, Caroline. I needed all three of these quotes. 🙂
Keep going! And that last one is so true. Our editors show us the way by first showing us the holes. You’ve got this.
Kimberley Griffiths Little says
I needed this, darlin’. Thanks you. Not sure if you now how badly I’ve been struggling for months now. xoxo
Off to email you. xo