16 Quotes to Get Over the Hump

Happy NaNoWriMo everyone! At the time of this posting it will be nearly the halfway mark of the competition. For those who are participating perhaps a little roadblock has popped up. The dreaded wall, much like the one’s runners face when doing a marathon. It’s okay. It happens to us all, even when not pumping out 50000 words in a month. For you I have 16 Quotes from those in the kingdom of PublishedAuthoria to help you along the way for the rest of the month.


People say, ‘What advice do you have for people who want to be writers?’ I say, they don’t really need advice, they know they want to be writers, and they’re gonna do it. Those people who know that they really want to do this and are cut out for it, they know it. —R.L. Stine

It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly. — C. J. Cherryh

The nearest I have to a rule is a Post-it on the wall in front of my desk saying “Faire et se taire” (Flaubert), which I translate for myself as “Shut up and get on with it.— Helen Simpson

Find your best time of the day for writing and write. Don’t let anything else interfere. Afterwards it won’t matter to you that the kitchen is a mess. — Esther Freud

It’s not always about writing more words or drinking more coffee. Sometimes getting to the end of a novel simply takes remembering that the world is more complicated than we know, and then sticking some of those complications into the story. –Scott Westerfeld

Don’t worry about what you’re writing or whether it’s good or even whether it makes sense. –Lauren Oliver

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

Write the kind of story you would like to read. People will give you all sorts of advice about writing, but if you are not writing something you like, no one else will like it either. – Meg Cabot

Write. No amount of self-inflicted misery, altered states, black pullovers or being publicly obnoxious will ever add up to your being a writer. Writers write. On you go.  — Al Kennedy

Don’t just plan to write — write. It is only by writing, not dreaming about it, that we develop our own style.  — PD James

You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.  — Jack London

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

Write while the heat is in you. … The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with.” — Henry David Thoreau

Keep writing. Try to do a little bit every day, even if the result looks like crap. Getting from page four to page five is more important than spending three weeks getting page four perfect. –Alan Dean Foster

You have to finish things — that’s what you learn from, you learn by finishing things. –Neil Gaiman

Keep a small can of WD-40 on your desk — away from any open flames — to remind yourself that if you don’t write daily, you will get rusty.” — George Singleton

Until next time have a writeous day and happy word hunting!


Matt Williams is an avid reader, a collector of many pens, an ever improving father of two, and an all-around fanboy. When he’s not wrestling with cats or a long commute you can find him hunkered down writing something imaginative. He’s working on publishing his first book Beyond Here, a middle grade story involving a coma and a singing flower with a bent stem sometime in 2016, along with a few projects with his other daughter.