Words of Wisdom for Writers

Richard Rhodes, author or editor of twenty-three books including The Making of the Atomic Bomb, which won a Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction, always offers great writing advice. When I feel unmotivated, I always look for a quote or two to give me a pick-up and this one certainly did the trick. Hope it’s as inspiring for my readers as it was for me:

If you want to write, you can. Fear stops most people from writing, not lack of talent, whatever that is. Who am I? What right do I have to speak? Who will listen to me if I do? You’re a human being, with a unique story to tell, and you have every right. If you speak with passion, many of us will listen. We need stories to live, all of us. We live by story. Yours enlarges the circle.

– Richard Rhodes (opening of ‘How to Write’)

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