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Until you publish your work, you’re not in the game.

Most of us have two lives: The life we live and the un-lived (or unpublished) life within us. Between the two stands resistance. ~ Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

To write what is worth publishing, to find honest people to publish it, and get sensible people to read it, are the three great difficulties in being an author. ~Charles Caleb Colton

 Writing is a struggle between presence and absence.  ~Lu Ji

Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing. ~Sylvia Plath

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. ~Maya Angelou

If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.  ~Toni Morrison

Ink on paper is as beautiful to me as flowers on the mountains; God composes, why shouldn’t we?  ~Terri Guillemets

If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it.  ~Anais Nin

The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.  ~Agatha Christie

Write your first draft with your heart.  Re-write with your head.  ~From the movie Finding Forrester

It is impossible to discourage the real writers – they don’t give a damn what you say, they’re going to write.  ~Sinclair Lewis

I want to write books that unlock the traffic jam in everybody’s head.  ~John Updike

An author in his book must be like God in the universe, present everywhere and visible nowhere.  ~Gustave Flaubert