With NaNoWriMo coming up and NaBloPoMo sitting here becoming a bit of a hassle to make sure and get a post in by midnight, I decided to write down some motivational quotes and information to believe in the effort.
Margaret Mitchell: Gone With the Wind was faced rejection 38 times.
“I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.” – Pearl S. Buck
“When I began to write, some people humored me. “You’ve always been such a dreamer!” Some discouraged me. “Do you know what the odds are…do you know how many would-be writers there are out there?” Some were actually angry. “What makes you think you can write?” – Judy Blume
J.K. Rowling: J.K. Rowling submitted Harry Potter to 12 publishing houses, all of which rejected it.
“I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged. I had pieces that were re-written so many times I suspect it was just a way of avoiding sending them out.” – Erica Jong
“I think I did pretty well, considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper.” – Steve Martin
Anne Frank: One of the most famous people to live in an attic, Anne Frank’s diary had 15 rejections.
“Ever tried and failed? No matter. Try again and fail better.” – Samuel Beckett
Meg Cabot: The bestselling author of The Princess Diaries keeps a mail bag of rejection letters.
William Golding: William Golding’s Lord of the Flies was rejected 20 times before becoming published.
“Read, read, read. Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the most. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out the window.”