Bella Vida by Letty

Nanowrimo Countdown: Inspirational Quotes

writing quote isabel Allende

Will you be participating in this year’s National Novel Writing Month?  I didn’t get past the first week last year but I’m going to give a shot again this year.  Two very special peeps asked me to finish a story I started several years ago because they want to know how it ends.  Reluctantly I pulled it out of its beautiful storage box and was pleasantly surprised as to how much I had written and how much of a developed storyline I found.  This year I’m going to try working with an outline to keep me going.

These are some of my favorite quotes that inspire me to write:

“Write what should not be forgotten.”  Isabel Allende

“I don’t have a method. All I do is read a lot, think a lot, and rewrite constantly. It’s not a scientific thing.”   Gabriel García Márquez

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”   Maya Angelou

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”    Toni Morrison

“The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.”   Anaïs Nin

“Tears are words that need to be written.”   Paulo Coelho

“A story is a letter that the author writes to himself, to tell himself things that he would be unable to discover otherwise.”  Carlos Ruiz Zafon

“All the stories I would like to write persecute me. When I am in my chamber, it seems as if they are all around me, like little devils, and while one tugs at my ear, another tweaks my nose, and each says to me, ‘Sir, write me, I am beautiful.”  Umberto Eco


I also created a vision board on Pinterest.  Images always spark my imagination.


Writing Resources:

25 Ways To Plot, Plan, and Prep Your Story by Chuck Wendig

Expanded Story Elements Checklist by Alexandra Sokoloff

The Future Of Storytelling free course

How to Make Sure Your NaNo Project Isn’t a Hot Mess by Jami Gold

How to Write a Novel by Nathan Bransford


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