Hook ‘em with a quote…

“I can fix a bad page. I can’t fix a blank page.”

Nora Roberts

This is one of my favorite quotes when it comes to writing. Let me explain.

As writers, we often have an inner judge, jury, editor and critic that lives in our head while we are trying to write. We worry about what other people are thinking or what others might think. That is one of the major causes of writer’s block. Then at the end of the day, we have nothing. You can’t fix nothing!

As a lover of NaNoWriMo, I have learned a few things. First off, I learned that getting the words on the page is the first step in writing. It doesn’t have to make sense (on the first draft!) Just getting the words on the page should cause you to celebrate! That’s the second thing I learned; celebrate the little steps you take. In the long run it will help you achieve your overall goal! The third thing I learned during my writing journey is that you can fix the bad stuff but you really can’t fix nothing. (Have you ever tried to pay something with nothing?)  Get the words down first and then fix it later!

It’s okay to have bad stuff – bad pages, manuscripts, or just bad words. That is part of learning. And to write is to learn.

What do you think of the quote? Let me know!

Until next time…

18 thoughts on “Hook ‘em with a quote…

  1. That’s a great quote. Very pragmatic. It’s true though. A blank page is just nothing. Even if a page has one sentence, that sentence can be used as a foundation. Nice!

  2. Hello fellow redhead. You represent us quite well I must say ! Love the quote! The only thing is the “BackSpace key is sometimes overused by me.” Not a writing thing as much,but a typing thing (i miss my pen – sniff) Much obliged, Tru

      1. I could use a release of that sort! Sometimes I feel like I can’t speak or hold a conversation because there’s so much going on in my head!

        1. Yeah, I did have it hanging in my office but I have an almost one year old who likes to rip up paper… SO I gave up at the moment with hanging in up and I just have it as my screen saver! 🙂

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