“One should never criticize his own work except in a fresh and hopeful mood. The self-criticism of a tired mind is suicide.”
Charles Horton Cooley

So that’s pretty much my frame of mind right now. You? What are some of your favorite writerly quotes?

Here’s another one I like:

“I have rewritten–often several times–every word I have ever written. My pencils outlast their erasers.”
Vladimir Nabokov

That one’s been on my mind a LOT lately. 🙂 I read a quote over on Jane Porter’s blog the other day that sort of says the same thing. It’s so good, and I agree so much, that I’m copying it for you here:

Getting a new book going is hard for me. I have all these ideas but putting the actual words down on paper is like wringing water from a virtually dry dishtowel. Just not a lot there. Maybe there’s never been a lot there. Books, I realize, are written word by word over long periods of time. Even on my good days, when words rush out in paragraphs, I’ll probably have to edit those down by slicing pages at a time.

Wringing water from a virtually dry dishtowel. Oh man, do I know that feeling! Sometimes it’s exactly like that. Other times, you type so fast but your hands can’t really keep up with everything coming from your head. I’ve had both and everything in between.

And yet, as I told my writer friend on the phone this afternoon, I can’t imagine doing anything else. No matter how tired I am, no matter how many nights I stay awake until 6AM the next morning writing like a fiend, I am SO happy. And so lucky. She agreed. Pretty much your worst day writing beats your best day doing anything else. Yeah.

Today, I’m going to lunch with my friend and just chilling. It’s a good feeling. 🙂 What are you up to today? Writing plans? Other plans? If you’re a reader, what have you read lately that just knocked your socks off?