I love this quote about motivation vs. discipline when it comes to writing (or anything):
“One must be pitiless about this matter of “mood.” In a sense, the writing will create the mood. … I have forced myself to begin writing when I’ve been utterly exhausted, when I’ve felt my soul as thin as a playing card, when nothing has seemed worth enduring for another five minutes … and somehow the activity of writing changes everything.”Joyce Carol Oates
Note that Oates has a mile long bibliography.
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