Writing is hard work and we all need inspiration sometimes.
Today I give you writing affirmation for every occasion, from Aragorn, to William Wallace, to hobbits.
For the young’uns just starting
Hey, look at me. It’s your fault. It’s everyones fault. Who cares why you’re a writer? Now are you up for this? Are you? Look, I just need to know because your imagination is in control and the city is… is flying. Okay. The city is flying. We’re fighting an army of robots. And I have a bow and arrow. None of this makes sense. But it will. And I’m going back out there to fight until it makes sense because it is my job. Okay? And I can’t do my job and babysit your self-confidence. It doesn’t matter what you did, or what you were, or how many things you failed to finish—if you go out there, you write. And you write to win. You stay in here and you’re good, safe from critiques and doubt and reviews. I’ll send some therapists to come find you. But if you pick up that pen, you are a Writer. – Hawkpen
When you hate your book half way through
I see in your eyes the same fear that takes the hearts of all writers. A day may come when the courage of our heart fails, when we forsake our books and break all bonds of writing, but it is not this day. An hour of despair and shattered deadlines, when the age of literature comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we write! By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you pick up your pens, Authors of every realm! – Author Taragorn
When you are afraid to show others your writing.
Yes! Show them your writing, and they might hate it. Hide it and your sensitive spirit will survive, at least awhile. And dying unknown many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and reveal the results of your time. To prove it was not a careless waste. To help and inspire an untold number of readers. To grow through positive critique. To let your confidence strengthen despite the words of others. And to let those who despise our work know that they may say anything they please, but they will never destroy our work!!! – William Wallwriter
We shall write to the end. We shall write in France—also in the USA and anywhere else we happen to be. We shall write on the seas and oceans, we shall writing with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our manuscripts, whatever the cost may be, we shall write on the beaches during vacation, we shall write in the cars and parking lots, we shall write in the fields and in the streets, we shall write in the hills, out of range of wifi; we shall never stop writing. – Winston Scribehill
Daily pep-talk to characters
I know. It’s all wrong. By rights you shouldn’t even be here. But you are are. It’s like in the great stories by all the grand authors. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes we didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened?
But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. Change will come, but it doesn’t have to be wrong. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something. Which is why you have to go through this. I’ve given you chances of turning back only you didn’t. And I’m proud of you. And it’s going to hurt. But you are holding on to something. The idea that there is some good in this world. And that it is worth fighting for. And someday, you’re going to touch others with that knowledge because of the pain you are going through now.
And in that day, it will be worth it. – Samwriter Gamgee
Before facing readers
This is the library, where the author is a mighty and terrible thing. A figure to be feared and respected. All knowing, all powerful. Don’t you dare say to the readers back there again ‘I don’t know’. Those three words will kill a the thrill, dead as a depth charge. You’re the author now. And the author always knows what to do, whether they actually do or not. – The Author
Uniting other authors for a launch
Good morning. In less than an hour, authors from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the greatest book in your personal history as an author.
Authors—that word should have new meaning for all of us today.
We can’t be consumed by our petty differences about oxford commas or alternate spellings anymore.
We will be united in our common interests to gain a readership and sell our books.
Perhaps its fate that today is the 4th of July, and we will once again be fighting for our freedom, not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution—but from the dark shadows of the unknown.
We’re fighting for our right be heard. To exist as authors.
And should we win the day and gain readers, the 4th of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when authors declared in one voice:
We will not go quietly into the night of unknown authors!
We will not vanish without a fight for readers!
We’re going to live on and write more books!
We’re going to survive!