To write something, you have to risk making a fool of yourself.
The way I see it, perseverance is the heartbeat of writing. If you quit, it's over. Sounds a lot simpler than it is in reality, but writers are lucky in that they are part of a society of kindred spirits. There are many types of motivational fuel. I love reading wise quotes from veteran authors.
Author Bethany Roberts has a wonderful collection of writer quotes at her website. What I love most is that she has them listed in categories such as, instructional, on revision, on perseverance, on rejection letters, to amuse, on characters etc... I recommend taking the time to pop over to her site, but here are a few of my favorites.
Tom Clancy - The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.
Ursula K. LeGuin - Sure, it's simple, writing for kids...Just as simple as bringing them up.
Ernest Hemingway - I rewrote the ending of 'Farewell to Arms' 39 times before I was satisfied.
Will Shetterly - The great thing about revision is that it's your opportunity to fake being brilliant.
Robert Southy - It is with words as with sunbeams - the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.
Katherine Paterson - As I look back on what I have written, I can see that the very persons who have taken away my time are those who have given me something to say.
Lloyd Alexander - Fantasy's hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it.
Burton Rascoe - What no wife (husband) of a writer can ever understand is that a writer is working even when he's (she's) staring out the window.
Richard Bach - A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.
Ralph Waldo Emerson - In art the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can inspire.
E. L. Doctorow - Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
Elmore Leonard - My most important piece of advice to all you would-be writers: when you write, try to leave out all the parts readers skip.
Do any of you have famous writer words of wisdom to share?