#FebruaryForce Quote 20

What advice did Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women, give an aspiring writer?

“I can only say to you as I do to the many young writers who ask for advice — There is no easy road to successful authorship; it has to be earned by long and patient labor, many disappointments, uncertainties and trials.” (From a letter to a reader, 1878)

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#FebruaryForce Quote 14

It’s Valentine’s Day, and I really wanted a soppy fluffy quote on the love of the writing process, to go with suitably cheesy images of love hearts. But the quote that captivated me and felt most genuine was this, from the master of psychological horror. The love of writing is in it for the long haul!Image result for stephen King

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#FebruaryForce Quote 11

Write what we know?

Another Charlotte Brontë perspective, and my favourite quote this month so far:

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“Is not the real experience of each individual very limited? And, if a writer dwells upon that solely or principally, is he not in danger of repeating himself, and also becoming an egotist? Then, too, imagination is a strong, restless faculty, which claims to be heard and exercised: are we to be quite deaf to her cry, and insensate to her struggles?…” (from a letter to G.H Lewes, 1848)
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#FebruaryForce Quote 10

One of my heroines whose words simply sing:

What did Charlotte Bronte have to say about rejections?

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Rejections

My work (a tale in one volume) being completed [here, she is referring to The Professor], I offered it to a publisher. He said it was original, faithful in nature, but he did not feel warranted in accepting it; such a work would not sell. I tried six publishers in succession; they all told me it was deficient in “startling incident” and “thrilling excitement,” that it would never suit the circulating libraries, and as it was on those libraries the success of works of fiction mainly depended, they could not undertake to publish what would be overlooked there. Jane Eyre was rather objected to at first, on the same grounds, but finally found acceptance.” (from a letter to G.H. Lewes, 1847)
Read more at http://www.literaryladiesguide.com/author-quotes/charlotte-bronte-quotes-on-the-writing-life/#qq4fSgtf5QHKfqAb.99

Seems that we’re all in good company. 🙂