I have said before that I prefer the longer (and more expensive) How Writers Journey to Comfort and Fluency (Praeger, 1994) to the shorter Professors as Writers (easily available in paperback).  This week’s inspirational quotations are going to demonstrate why I think this is a better, more helpful book.  They are all from the conclusion (to go with the week’s theme of finishing, of course).

“Rule #1: Wait.

This does not mean passive waiting, for Muses or deadlines or binges.  It does mean putting off prose as long as possible while noticing, collecting, conversing, and readying oneself for the actual writing.  It means putting off submission for publication while rewriting and proof editing.”  (236)