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Creative Writing Tips: 10 Great Quotes to Inspire Struggling Writers

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

For Those That Have to Reject Rejection

Every great writer that has ever been, or will ever be, has at least one thing in common. At one point in time, in some cases in the not-to-distant past, they were considered average and went unpublished. 

Successful writers go through a process of struggling, writing, rewriting, rejection and more rewriting until they are successful. Some times it seems like they've tried every avenue possible but rejection lies at the end of all of them.

This isn't true. Take heart from some of the best writers in history.

John Grisham's first novel was rejected 25 times before finally being accepted.

H.G. Wells had his novel 'The War of the Worlds' described as an 'endless nightmare.'

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen had 134 rejections before they got their 'Chicken Soup' book published.

Frank Herbert’s 'Dune' was rejected 20 times but is now considered the finest science-fiction book ever written.

'Carrie' by Stephen King received a rejection saying,

We are not interested in science fiction which deals with negative utopias. They do not sell.'

John le Carré was described as a novalist with 'No future'.

So for every writer out there who has put everything and more into their work and have not received the merits it deserves. Read on.

Print these words off and pin them above your writing desk.

Read them daily.

Now get back to your writing!

The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and about all time.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.

When an author is too meticulous about his style, you may presume that his mind is frivolous and his content flimsy.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 BC-65) Roman philosopher and playwright.

It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.

-Robert Benchley (American humourist,columnist and actor)

Keep a diary and one day it’ll keep you.

- Mae West (American actress, playwright, and screenwriter)

Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he'll eventually make some kind of career for himself as writer.

- Ray Bradbury (American Writer)

I will never stop writing. People often ask when I will retire, but I say it’s none of their business. Writing defines who I am. I love the feeling of holding a finished book in my hands, and then I can’t wait to start the great adventure of writing the next one.

- Barbara Taylor Bradford (English Novelist)

You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness, or even despair - the sense that you can never completely put on the page what's in your mind and heart.  You can come to the act with your fists clenched and your eyes narrowed, ready to kick ass and take down names.  You can come to it because you want a girl to marry you or because you want to change the world.  Come to it any way but lightly.  Let me say it again: you must not come lightly to the blank page.

-Stephen King (American Author)

It is impossible to discourage the real writers – they don’t give a damn what you say, they’re going to write. 

- Sinclair Lewis (American Novelist and Playwright)

The story I am writing exists, written in absolutely perfect fashion, some place, in the air.  All I must do is find it, and copy it. 

- Jules Renard (French Author)

An editor is someone who separates the wheat from the chaff and then prints the chaff. 

- Adali Stevenson (Journalist)



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