Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 9, 2018

ASK DIANNE – Writing Resolutions

Q:  I always start the New Year with writing resolutions but often abandon them within a few weeks.  Aack!  What might help keep me focused on my goals throughout 2018?

A:  It’s always helpful to ask for advice from others who have gone before you when you want to stay on a chosen path.  I find posting a very large print-out of an inspirational quote from an admired author at my work space a good motivator to motor through tough spots at the keyboard.  The words remind me that all writers, even famous ones, sometimes doubt themselves or find obstacles in their creative paths. How they’ve handled such creative challenges inspires me to do the same with my own work-in-progress.  If this is something you’d like to try, here are a few to consider including on your own Writing Inspiration board:

“The character that lasts is an ordinary guy with some extraordinary qualities.” Raymond Chandler

“Easy reading is damn hard writing.” Nathaniel Hawthorne

“All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened.” Ernest Hemingway

“I don’t care if a reader hates one of my stories, just as long as he finishes the book.” Roald Dahl

“A novel is an impression, not an argument; and there the matter must rest.” Thomas Hardy

“If I waited for perfection… I would never write a word.” Margaret Atwood

“Good writing is rewriting.”  Truman Capote

“Begin with an individual, and before you know it you have created a type; begin with a type, and you find you have created—nothing.”  F. Scott Fitzgerald

“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” Stephen King

“All good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.” Anne Lamott

Whether you want to be published for the first or the one-hundred time in 2018, I hope that these inspirational quotes will help keep you perking along on your writing path.

Aspire to rise higher in 2018. Happy New Year, everyone!



Dianne Ochiltree is a nationally recognized author of books for the very young. Her books have appeared on numerous recommended reading lists, classroom desks and library shelves.  Her bedtime book, LULL-A-BYE, LITTLE ONE, was a selected for the Dollywood Foundation’s childhood literacy initiative, Imagination Library in 2007. Her picture book, MOLLY BY GOLLY! THE LEGEND OF MOLLY WILLIAMS AMERICA’S FIRST FEMALE FIREFIGHTER, received the Florida Book Awards (FBA) Bronze Medal in the Children’s Literature category in 2012 and was chosen for the ALA’s Amelia Bloomer list of feminist literature for girls. Her picture book, IT’S A FIREFLY NIGHT, won the FBA Silver Medal in 2013. Her 2015 title, IT’S A SEASHELL DAY, was given the FBA Gold Medal/Gwen Reichert Award as well as the Gold Medal for Florida picture book from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association. For more information about Dianne’s books, go to

Dianne, thanks for sharing your expertise with us. A great article to start the year.

REMEMBER: To send in your questions for Dianne. Use Kathy(dot)Temean(at) Please put ASK DIANNE in the subject box.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. I will be bookmarking this page for every time I feel less than inspired to write 🙂


  2. Fabulous quotes! Thank you so much for sharing!!


  3. These are perfect, I’m making a copy! I’ve heard some, but all are worthy.

    Carleen Tjader



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