Keep the Momentum: 4 Quotes to Kickstart Your Writing Journey

And keep you motivated when the going gets tough

Rick Martinez
3 min readJun 17, 2024
Photo by Fernando Jorge on Unsplash

Starting is everything.

If you’re an aspiring writer, you know the hardest part is getting started. The fear of not being good enough can hold you back. But here’s the truth: you won’t get ahead if you don’t get started. Let’s dive into four quotes that can kickstart your writing journey and help you maintain momentum.

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” — Mark Twain

Forget perfection.

Your first draft won’t be perfect, but it will be a start. Perfectionism is a killer of momentum. Think of it this way: you can’t edit a blank page. Starting creates momentum. For instance, J.K. Rowling’s early drafts of Harry Potter were far from perfect, but she started, and that’s what mattered.

Here’s what to do next:

  1. Set a timer for 10 minutes and write without stopping.
  2. Choose a prompt or a topic you’re passionate about.
  3. Don’t overthink it. Just write. You can refine it later.

Starting is half the battle. Once you’ve begun, the rest becomes easier.

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Rick Martinez

My journey began on food stamps • I help CEOs & entrepreneurs write & publish books that give them authority & legacy • Former CEO turned ghostwriter