Writer’s Quote Wednesday

20 May

Hello and welcome! It’s Writer’s Quote Wednesday! Visit Colleen at Silver Threading and join in the fun! You can post a favorite quote by a writer you admire or post your very own quote.

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“Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you want to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer. ~Barbara Kingsolver


Vashti Quiroz-Vega's Blog

“I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged.”

~Erica Jong

Does fear of rejection, criticism, ridicule paralyze you from finishing the project you’ve started? How much do you focus on what you think others may want from you?

27 Responses to “Writer’s Quote Wednesday”

  1. Wild Daffodil May 20, 2015 at 2:56 pm #

    ‘What other people think of you is none of your business’ Leo Rutherford

    Liked by 1 person

  2. coldhandboyack May 20, 2015 at 2:56 pm #

    I still have those thoughts. They’re maddening, but we have to get over them.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega May 20, 2015 at 3:08 pm #

      I occasionally get those too, but I quickly brush them off. I understand that you can’t please everyone, so it’s best to make yourself happy and hope that many others have your same taste. 😉

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Mike Paine May 20, 2015 at 2:56 pm #

    Quotes that make you stop and think for sure. I have one that I say “Maximize your life…and still have fun!” It’s a positive way of doing what’s needed but still enjoying every day.


  4. Silver Threading May 20, 2015 at 3:20 pm #

    The Erica Jong quote really got me, Vashti. I am working on my first book, and I have thought about the judgment that will come after my book is written. I swallow hard every time I think about it… then, I push the thought away. Two great quotes this week, my friend. Great thoughts! Well done! ❤


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega May 20, 2015 at 4:40 pm #

      Hello Colleen! Thank you! Yes, the thought of people judging your work is terrifying but it’s part of the writing process. I don’t mind constructive criticism but there are also malicious people out there that will take pleasure in attacking your work for no reason. They’re called trolls and they’re not fun. It is what it is and there’s nothing you could do about it. So happy writing and may the muse be with you! 😀


  5. Yolanda Isabel Regueira Marin May 20, 2015 at 4:20 pm #

    We all have a fear of rejection. As humans we there is need to be accepted by others and loved. As we get older we realise that it is impossible to please everyone. The most important thing is to be true to yourself.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega May 20, 2015 at 4:50 pm #

      Well said, Yolanda. It’s scary to put your work out there, but we have to be brave and do it, no matter what anyone says. Of course, that’s easier said than done. 😉 And it is of the utmost importance to be true to oneself first.


  6. teagan geneviene May 20, 2015 at 6:37 pm #

    Excellent quote, Vashti. Your comment about the importance of being true to one’s self is also quote-worthy. Hugs. 🙂


  7. 1stpeaksteve May 21, 2015 at 12:23 am #

    So true about people that are just out to attack others. For some odd reason, some believe that the anonymity of the internet was put there for them to ridicule everything. Strange way to pump up an ego.

    I have always tried to be a problem solver…not a problem pointer outer. Lord knows we encounter enough complainers in our day to day life.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega May 21, 2015 at 2:37 pm #

      Oh yes, those sad little trolls are out there. Some people say, ‘Oh you learn from the good critiques as well as the bad.’ I agree, but when someone leaves a ‘critique’ anonymously and vaguely attacking your book, writing, post . . . without leaving any reasons for the dislike, it’s not helpful and it wasn’t coming from a good place.


      • 1stpeaksteve May 21, 2015 at 2:56 pm #

        Very true! At least a critic understands the art form they are critiquing. You never just see a review and it says…It sucked! They break down why they did not like it.

        Going on a site like YouTube amazes me. Most people are civil but a few troglodytes will post something inane on a video of someone playing guitar or a family trip. Why??

        Anyway, have a good weekend Vashti!


      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega May 21, 2015 at 3:16 pm #

        Why? Because these are sad, miserable people, and you know the saying, ‘Misery loves company’. Have an awesome weekend! 😀 xx

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  8. olganm May 21, 2015 at 1:42 pm #

    Great quotes and very true. Yes, it´s impossible to please everybody and ultimately, the only person we truly have to live, whether we like it or not, is ourselves. So if we can remain true to ourselves…


  9. Elizabeth May 21, 2015 at 9:34 pm #

    Hi Vashti, both quotes perfect, yes, I’m always afraid of what the others will think about my work, I’m trying to let it go, but it’s not easy. And I like the gloves on the first photo, gorgeous!


  10. Sunni Morris May 22, 2015 at 1:37 am #


    We should always be true to ourselves and not worry so much about what others think. You won’t please everyone, as someone already mentioned. The older you get, the more you realize this. A certain amount of criticism comes with the job of writing.



  11. marjma2014 May 26, 2015 at 3:45 pm #

    Great quotes Vashti. We are always trying to please people often we forget to do what is right for ourselves, and we struggle to find our own unique and confident voice.


  12. macjam47 May 27, 2015 at 7:51 am #

    Love the Barbara Kingsolver quote. It’s advice everyone should follow whether a writer or not.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega May 27, 2015 at 12:51 pm #

      I completely agree. I love that quote too, every time I read it it feels like a burden being lifted. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person


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