They show up disguised as sick children, demanding parents, unsupportive spouses, hostile work environments, personal illness, and many other things. This isn’t a joke, these things are real. And they can derail our writing faster than you can say, “I quit.”
To be a writer takes grit. Guts. Perseverance. It also takes personal growth. It takes facing obstacles every time they appear, and dealing with them. Some days it’s easy, and some days not so much.
I like motivational sayings because as cliché as some of them are, they resonate for me. I have them posted throughout my house in little frames here and there. Little reminders to stay positive, because being negative is so easy. And on those really bad days, the sound of breaking glass as one hits the wall provides its own kind of relief. Here are some of my favorites. Maybe they’ll help you get through a writing day that might not be so great.
“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”
~Mary Anne Radmacher~
“Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way.”
“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do.”
“Yesterday I dared to struggle. Today I dare to win.”
“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”
“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.”
~Bernice Johnson Reagon~
“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
And these two are my personal favorites. I have them posted on my writing desk.
“Winner’s never quit.”
~Dale Earnhardt, Sr.~
“You are the heroine in the story of your life. Act like it!”
~A play on the words of Joseph Campbell.~
Keep writing, my friends!
Do you have a favorite saying that motivates you on a tough day?