Monday, August 13, 2007

Will She Make the Deadline?

The ticker says four days until the novel edits are finished.

Think I can do it?

That's about all I did this weekend - write. And I'm thinking four days should be just about enough time to wrap it up. But I need all the motivation I can get!

So if you could kindly post your most motivating quote, I would be quite grateful!


  1. They can because they think they can.


  2. I'll start with my favorite:
    "We are a species that needs and wants to undrestand who we are. Sheep lice do not seem to share this longing which is one reason why they write so little."
    Anne Lamott
    Then one I use with my kids: "How do I know what I think until I see what I say." EM Forster
    My favorite write (one of them) says: "Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say." Barbara Kingsolver
    Then..."people on the outside thinks there is something magical about writing, that you go somewhere (down to the basement) at midnight and cast the bones and come up in the morning with a story; but it isn't like that. You sit at a typewriter (hmm what's a typewriter)and you work and that's all there is to it."Harlan Ellison

  3. How exciting, Melissa! You can do it. :) This is my most favorite quote and I find it so inspiring. I hope it does the same for you. It's not about writing per se, but I think it covers it all. :)

    "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." Marianne Williamson (also in Akeelah and the Bee)

  4. Hey Melissa,

    Here is a motivator for you:

    I hope you can copy and click this link. Good article about how WWII is hot in publishing! So get your book out!


  5. Well Toni took my first thought for a quote but here's my favorite that always reminds me to keep plugging away:

    "History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it." - Winston Churchill

  6. My latest from a fortune cookie:

    "Inspiration within is waiting for you. It's time to go deep."

    And one I like for its ability to lift me up and laugh:

    "Certainty of death. Small chance of success. What are we waiting for?" - Gimli, Lord of the Rings


  7. Toni took mine, too. Clever Toni. How about:



  8. How about ... enjoy.

    You know you can do it. Well, we all obviously know you can so maybe you should just listen, yeah? :o)


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