Day 31–The Quoteables

Having a good quote or saying can get us moving. We can relate. There are times when the perfect words or thoughts can help us push through our final miles of a run, or last words of our writing session.

Here are some quotes to get you started, finished and motivated:

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” – Jim Ryun

Any runner or writer knows that they can’t always wait for the motivation. To be successful we need to get into good habits. Some say that after doing something for 3 weeks straight, it is a habit.

If you have been following this blog since Day 1, you’ve started a habit. If not go to Day 1 and start running and writing now.

The habit will keep you going.

Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors.
Try to be better than yourself.
–William Faulkner

If you only run to win, you won’t last because winning isn’t enough to keep going. If you only write to be published and read, your steam will soon run out.

To keep your running and writing habits, do it to better yourself, not show others up.

Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can.
-Lowell Thomas

Or do a little more than you did yesterday. You already know you can do what you did yesterday, so try to go one step further today. Chances are, you can.

“Every day is a good day when you run.”
-Kevin Nelson

Nobody can argue this, and if they try, tell them to go on a run.

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

And that is why words have endless placement possibilities. Everything has not already been said. Not every story has already been told.

I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter.  ~James Michener

If you don’t know how to rewrite, you don’t know how to write, so Embrace the Rewrite.

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.  ~Anton Chekhov

Remember to keep nuances in your writing. Say something like it has never been said.

For me, a page of good prose is where one hears the rain [and] the noise of battle.  ~John Cheever

Never forget to use your senses and help others to notice their own. A story falls flat where senses are forgotten.


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