Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Quotes and Stuff by LoRee Peery

So many superb writers appear on Seriously Write that at some point, any “tips” I might be prone to share have surely appeared here already. A major phrase that sticks in my mind is “you know you’re a writer if you can’t not write.”

Over the years, since joining RWA, taking classes, and attending conferences and retreats, I filled countless notebooks with writing articles and how-tos that I’ve recently purged, though I prefer reading on paper over screen. I thought I’d share some of the quotes I ran across.

  • “Start writing, no matter what. The water doesn’t flow until the faucet is turned on.” ~ Louis L’Amour
  • “No writing is a waste of time. With every sentence you write, you have learned something.” ~ Brenda Ueland
  • “Writing is conversation from God through you to your readers.” ~ Oscar H. Greene
  • “A writer is only accountable to God.” ~ Ernest Hemingway
  • “If you’re a writer and you don’t show up for work, you miss the poem.” ~ Ted Kooser
  • “The necessity to write springs from some conflict that cannot be resolved.” ~ Edna O’Brien
  • “I write when the fear of not writing overcomes my fear of writing.” ~ Unknown
  • “I will write every day because I love to, not because I have to.” ~ Unknown
  • “You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” ~ Unknown
  • “There is no perfect time to write. There's only NOW!” ~ Unknown
  • “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” ~ Albert Einstein
  • “You have to protect your writing time. You have to protect it to the death.” ~ William Goldman
  • “Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” ~ Anton Chekhov
  • “A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” ~ Thomas Mann
  • “Age is a good thing. Life experience will only make your writing better.” ~ C.J. Carmichael
  • “I dwell in possibility.” ~ Emily Dickinson
  • “When asked, ‘How do you write?’ I invariably answer, ‘one word at a time.’” ~ Stephen King
  • “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” ~ Agatha Christie
  • “Never, EVER give up. Not ever. Not EVER. Ever EVER!” ~ Mary Janice Davidson
  • “You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” ~ Jack London
  • “There is no such thing as wasted writing.” ~ Monica Wood, The Pocket Muse

I’ll add one of my pet peeves. I clench my teeth each time I read that a character is nauseous. “A person is nauseated, due to a nauseous feeling, caused by nausea.” ~ LoRee Peery

And in closing, I cling to this. “If God calls, He equips.” ~ Unknown

Also in closing, keep your appointment with keyboard and screen. Social media can wait until the day’s new words are down.

If you have a quote or phrase that’s never left you, I’d like to hear it.

Do you have a favorite writing quote? Let's hear it! via @LoreePeery #SeriouslyWrite


Nebraska country girl LoRee Peery writes fiction that hopefully appeals to adult readers who enjoy stories written from a Christian perspective, focusing on the romance. These include novels and novellas for women and men in the Contemporary, Romance, Historical, Time Travel, and Mystery/Suspense categories. She writes of redeeming grace with a sense of place. Her Frivolities Series and the book based on her father’s unsolved homicide, Touches of Time, are available on Amazon. She is who she is by the grace of God: Christian, country girl, wife, mother, grandmother and great-, sister, friend, and author. Connect with LoRee through these links:
Find her publications at Pelican

Talia Ashby is a perfectionistic data analyst who, on occasion, sees her “fat” self when she looks in the mirror. As a svelte former obese girl, she reunites with her secret teen crush, now a pastor in the church she attends.

Cooper Valiant is dazzled upon meeting a high school friend he doesn’t immediately recognize due to her drastic weight loss. Since his sister had an eating disorder, he’d often felt empathy toward Talia as classmates teased and bullied her. In his pastorate position, he asks her to help girls in the youth group come to grips with body-image.

While working with the girls, Talia's recollections of youthful hurts stir up past insecurities. She must reassess her spiritual journey, and what bothers her in the present.

Added to the mix are her reawakened emotions toward the man who once came to her rescue. Will their joint journey include a personal relationship?