Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Guest post by Misha Gerrick: My Favorite Writing Quote

Today, I'm honoured to have the lovely Misha Gerrick on my blog talking about her favourite writing quote, as part of her tour for her new book, 'Endless' - what better for a little Tuesday inspiration for us all? Take it away, Misha!

My Favorite Writing Quote

I think that all writers have the same insecurity deep down. That niggling thought that says that we really shouldn’t be writing. The idea that in reality, we suck at it. That we’re deluding ourselves and we should be giving up.

Personally, I’m almost constantly battling against this little voice in the back of my head that says ‘you can’t write.’ Sometimes, the voice becomes as loud as a hurricane if I let it. But I have one thing I try to do every day in order to keep it under control.

And it comes from my favorite writing quote, which, ironically, isn’t actually about writing.

If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced - Vincent van Gogh

I’ve always thought of writing as painting with words, so for me, the quote totally works. It also goes to show that not only writers are hampered by that stupid little voice.

But it is an inspirational quote and instruction for being a writer rolled up in one.

Doubting that you can write today? Then write and prove yourself wrong. No one says you have to be good at writing. You just need to get a few words down for now. And then a few more tomorrow. Every word you write is proof that the voice in your head is a liar. You CAN write. And if you do it long enough, you’ll discover that you’re actually getting better at it.

What’s your favorite writing quote? Care to share a bit of encouragement with other writers? 

Endless - Misha Gerrick
First, do no harm.” Blake Ryan swore that oath to become a doctor. Ironic, given that he spent most of his thousand year life sucking souls out of other immortals.

Things are different now. Using regular shots of morphine to keep his inner monster at bay, Ryan has led a quiet life since the Second World War. His thrills now come from saving lives, not taking them.

Until a plane crash brings Aleria into his hospital. Her life is vibrant. Crack to predators like him. She’s the exact sort of person they would hunt, and thanks to a severe case of amnesia, she’s all but defenseless.

Leaving Aleria vulnerable isn’t an option, but protecting her means unleashing his own inner monster. Which is a problem, because his inner monster wants her dead most of all.

About the Author

Misha Gerrick lives near Cape Town, South Africa, and can usually be found staring at her surroundings while figuring out her next book.

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  1. I've always liked "'Fool,' my muse said to me, 'look in thy heart and write.'" (Phillip Sydney)

    And there's one by Natalie Goldberg that I can't recall at the moment about writing the story the way it demands to be written and not being afraid of either it or what your mother may think of it.

    But the Van Gogh quote certainly applies. :)

    Congrats, Misha!

    1. That's a cool quote. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Neil Gaiman said something about that you just have to write and that it is that easy and that hard. Paraphrasing a bit but at the end of the day you need to write to write. Pretty sure that must sound like some kind of riddle but it's the truth. Congrats on your latest book Misha.

  3. That IS a great quote, even greater because it's Van Gogh's. I also think of writing as creating art.
    Thanks, Misha and Rachel.

    1. Writing is just painting with words.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Thanks for letting me visit, Rachel!

    1. No problem, Misha! You're welcome any time :)

  5. *waves at Misha* I hear you about that voice. Actually, I pulled out an old piece yesterday, blew of the dust, and stared in awe. I had no idea I'd grown that much as a writer until reading through the poorly constructed prose and character. As long as we're growing, eh?

  6. I love that quote. Just keep writing! Keep moving forward. The voices do get quieter over time, although they're always there, lurking...


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