It’s the first week of National Novel Writing Month, and you know what that means: time to finally sit down and write that novel! Of course, this is much easier said than done, but hammering out 50,000 words in 30 days, daunting as it may seem, is certainly possible. Sometimes all you need to get started on reaching that goal is a bit of motivation.

So to help start you off on your NaNoWriMo journey, here are 10 tips on writing in the form of inspirational quotes from famous authors. Enjoy, and best of luck in this year’s NaNoWriMo!

NaNoWriMo_Keep_Calm1) Be ruthless about protecting writing days, i.e. do not cave in to endless requests to have “essential” and “long overdue” meetings on those days.J.K. Rowling

2) If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.Stephen King

3) This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it’s done. It’s that easy, and that hard.Neil Gaiman

4) No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.Robert Frost

5) The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.Agatha Christie

6) Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very’; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.Mark Twain

7) Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.Anton Chekhov

8) There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.Ernest Hemingway

9) You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.Ray Bradbury

10) If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.Toni Morrison

What are your thoughts on these inspirational writing quotes? Any other favorites you would add to this list?

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