Favorite writing mantras

December 31st, 2013 by

Recently I posted two of my favorite writing mantras:

The only way out is through.

Trust the process.

Then I invited people on Twitter to tweet their favorites. There were some good ones. I’ve included the lot of them here:

“Get it done now, get it right later.”
— @amandarin

“Writing is orchestrated daydreaming.”
— @joewilsontv

“If you can’t make it better, make it shorter.”
— @Ashramsinanut

“First drafts are for you…and you alone.”
— @Mr_Dymond

“Writers write.”
— @EJCedric

“Write the first draft with the door closed. Write the second draft with the door open.”
— Stephen King via @mikesmithwriter

“The story will go where it needs to go.”
— @darklightprods

“Writing is 10% inspiration, 90% staying off the internet.”
— @PippinParker

“Don’t be afraid. Just play the music.”
— Attributed to Charlie Parker via @astro_lass

“Screenwriting is simply asking the right questions of your story/characters.”
— @RMark_Jones

“The first draft of anything is shit.”
— Ernest Hemmingway via @The_Tiny_Ninja

“Write like you’re dying.”
— Ernes Hemmingway via @jodyamato_

So as we wind our way out of 2013 and into the New Year, let’s see if we can aggregate even more writing mantras.

Drop by comments and tell us your favorite writing aphorism.

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7 thoughts on “Favorite writing mantras

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  2. Clear. Concise. Creative.
    Better is the enemy of done.
    Know your audience; don’t disappoint them.
    Never be boring.

  3. Joel Enross says:

    ‘Don’t let the bastards get you down.’

  4. James Smith says:

    “I love lamp” – Brick

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