A Little Motivation Goes a Long Way

When I worked at Barnes & Noble, needless to say, I had access to a lot of books. As an aspiring writer, I spent a lot of my free time browsing Fiction (obviously). But I also spent a lot of time in the Writing Reference section.

The information we have access to nowadays is incredible.

Prolific writers like Stephen King, Mary Karr, and Anne Lamott teach us what they learned and know about the craft. We welcome their words of wisdom. You’ll be hardpressed to not find a slew of writing reference books in a writer’s home.

One of my favorite finds was this 6×4 pocket-sized book, Inspiration and Motivation for Writers. Complied by Chloe Henderson, the quotes inside are perfect pick-me-ups if you’re having a bad writing day. Which let’s be honest we all have bad writing days.

I like to keep my copy on my writing desk in easy reach.

An early quote used is the one on my homepage by Stephen King: “The scariest moment is always just before you start.”

Below are a few of my other favorite quotes pulled from the book:

  • “As soon as you start to pursue a dream, your life wakes up and everything has meaning.” — Barbara Sher
  • “It is a delicious thing to write, to be no longer yourself but to move in an entire universe of your own creation.” — Gustave Flaubert
  • “One of the key joys about being a writer is that everyone seems to do it slightly differently.” — Marcus Sedgwick
  • “Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens.” — Ray Bradbury
  • “If you want to write, you can. Fear stops most people from writing, not lack of talent, whatever that is.” — Richard Rhodes
  • “There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be.” — Doris Lessing
  • “You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you’ve got something to say.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • “Never stop when you are stuck.” — Jeanette Winterson
  • “We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” — Ernest Hemingway
  • “Forget all the rules. Forget about being published. Write for yourself and celebrate writing.” — Melinda Haynes

Grab a copy for yourself on either Amazon or Barnes & Noble. It’s the perfect little reference book for your collection.


Hello and welcome to my website and blog.

My name is Jessica Leibe. I am a copywriter specializing in Productivity & Organization. I write website content, blogs, brochures, newsletters, and product descriptions for productivity coaches, consultants, professional organizers, and planner companies. You can find out more about the services I provide on my business website.

I also write about Health & Wellness on the side. You’ll find links to some of my articles under the “Publications” tab.

Currently, I work at a non-profit organization. We house several volunteer programs that service Bergen County residents. Bergen County is located in northern New Jersey, where I live.

At the moment I am writing a memoir and have begun pitching the proposal to agents. It follows a part of my life I’ve recently come to terms with. Using experiences from my past, I connect the dots to the present. It’s a deeply personal story and when the time comes that I can share more with you, I will.

I’m an aunt to two very active nephews. They’re everything to me. My goal in life is to teach them to always go after their dreams no matter what obstacles lie in their way.

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