Before I begin, I’d like to thank Abigail Shepherd at Be Writing for nominating me for the Three Days, Three Quotes challenge.
Abigail posted the quote that got her writing, so I’ll be posting the one that inspires me to show up at my computer every day:
I don’t remember when or where I read this quote, but it has shaped the writer I’ve become over the past few months. When Board exams ended in March, I was determined to work on my writing and set myself a goal of writing 500 words every single day. I’d read somewhere that in order to be a writer, you should be writing every day, and as is my habit, I took it very seriously and began working. I wrote, I read. Occasionally I came across quotes that emphasized the importance of writing practice, since it’s not just an art but also a craft. There’s skill and techniques involved which one can learn only by writing.
And then came Ray Bradbury showering words of wisdom upon me. The quote made perfect sense when I read it, but as I wrote another 500 words (now 750), I understood what he meant. Since I’m not working on a novel, I wrote a new piece everyday – an essay, a vignette, a short story – and now after writing every day for around 180 days, I’ve gathered a great amount of material to work on. They’re all first drafts, and in some of them I see worth and hope – that they’ll become something of value some day. Some are meant to go into the dustbin, but that’s how writing works, doesn’t it? You keep the stuff that works, and you throw away the stuff that doesn’t.
180 days of daily writing have taught me a great many things, which I keep sharing on my blog here. What I found amazing about this challenge was how a few simple words said by someone so far away or long gone, can inspire you to get up and chase your dreams. I’m nominating three of my favorite bloggers for this challenge. They are people who have supported me and motivated me through their blogs to work harder on my writing:
Three Days, Three Quotes rules:
1.Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.
2.Post a quote a day for 3 days.
3.Nominate 3 new bloggers every day.
This challenge is optional, but as Abigail said, it would be nice to read quotes that have inspired people. Maybe we could gain some inspiration from your favorite quotes, too.
For my readers: share your favorite quotes in the comments below!