"We should not look down on work nor look down on [our early works] as failures. To fail is to give up. But you are in the midst of a moving process. Nothing fails then. All goes on. Work is done. If good, you learn from it. If bad, you learn even more. Work done and behind you is a lesson to be studied. There is no failure unless one stops. Not to work is to cease, tighten up, become nervous and therefore destructive of the creative process."
Ray Bradbury (via theunnovelist)
"It’s rather disconcerting to sit around a table in a critique of someone else’s work, only to realize that the antagonist in the story is none other than yourself, and no one present thinks you’re a very likeable character."
Michelle Richmond (via writingquotes)
"[..] I write not only what I want to read - understanding fully and indelibly that if I don’t do it no one else is so vitally interested, or capable of doing it to my satisfaction - I write all the things I should have been able to read."
Alice Walker (via bkcreativity)