How to be a more patient writer (Vitamin Supplement Edition)

Here are some quotes ,sayings,verses, etc. that articulate the value of patience, hopefully some of these are very helpful for you :

African Quotes on Patience

1.    Patience is the key which solves all problems. – Sudanese

2.    Hurry hurry has no blessings. – Swahili

3.    Patience is the mother of a beautiful child. – Bantu

4.    To run is not necessarily to arrive. – Swahili

5.    Patience can cook a stone.

6.    A patient man will eat ripe fruit.

7.    At the bottom of patience one finds heaven.

8.    A patient person never misses a thing. – Swahili

9.    Always being in a hurry does not prevent death, neither does going slowly prevent living. – Ibo

10.    However long the night, the dawn will break.

If you add a little to a little, and then do it again, soon that little shall be much. ~ Hesiod

Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success. ~ Brian Adams

There art two cardinal sins from which all others spring: Impatience and Laziness. ~ Franz Kafka

Patience is the key to paradise. ~ Turkish Proverb

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” -Gandhi

“Every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day.” -Unknown

“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.” -Lao Tzu

“A man who is a master of patience is master of everything else. ”

George Savile 

“A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation. ”


“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. ”

Ralph Waldo Emerson 

“Who ever is out of patience is out of possession of their soul.”

Francis Bacon 

“With love and patience, nothing is impossible. ”

Daisaku Ikeda 

“Writing is good, thinking is better. Cleverness is good, patience is better.”

Herman Hesse 

“The greatest power is often simple patience. ”

E. Joseph Cossman 

“The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it. ”

Arnold H. Glasow 

“The keys to patience are acceptance and faith. Accept things as they are, and look realistically at the world around you. Have faith in yourself and in the direction you have chosen. ”

Ralph Marston 

“The practice of patience toward one another, the overlooking of one another’s defects, and the bearing of one another’s burdens is the most elementary condition of all human and social activity in the family, in the professions, and in society.”

Lawrence G. Lovasik 

 “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. ”

Leo Tolstoy 


Hope this helped.

E.L. Taylor III



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How to be a more patient writer By E.L. Taylor III

How to be a more patient writer by E.L. Taylor III


As a writer myself I just wanted to post today about something I started doing for myself to help me strengthen my personal patience level as it pertained to my writing, as well as decrease my personal stress level. Hopefully these tips might help you in your writing life- as well as your everyday life. If they don’t change your life enormously at the very least I’m sure they will change your perspective on being more patient, everyday that we are all blessed to walk this earth. (Disclaimer: I am not a licensed doctor ,therapist or counselor. I am just a writer who got tired of being stressed in his life and decided to do something about it to change that aspect of my life).

A) Identify your own individual patience problem


One of the first things you should do as a writer to become more patient is:

1) Make a complete list of things, people, situations that may trigger you to become impatient when you write.

2) Also look for any circumstances or even relationships that may cause you to become impatient when you write.

3) Now make a separate list along side these triggers and write ways that you can combat them and improve them personally as they relate to your writing.


B) Patience Therapy techniques you can use to be more patient


1) Zen mediation breathing exercises – I started doing Zen breathing exercises as soon as I roll out of bed and start my workday. I believe it’s a good way to relax and start the day off on a positive note, and then I also write my Morning Pages (if you are not familiar with this activity you should definitely read Julia Cameron’s classic book ‘The Artist Way”). As a writer zen breathing keeps you focused while accomplish your goals as a writer and ignites your mind in a relaxed or zen manner.

Here are two links to sites that give you a complete background on Zen meditation breathing exercises:


2) Read and Study – quotes, sayings, religious text or even proverbs that specifically refer to the word patience. as a writer if you are constantly reminded of being patient as a reader, there is a good chance it will rub off on you as a writer. Because as we all know as writers ,one way you get good is by reading great writers who came before you , the same could be applied to being more patient.

3) Maintain a more healthy diet – eat right, exercise once each day, or even just take a nice brisk walk, drink water, take your vitamins. This practice all correlates to the concept of healthy writing body – healthy writing mind.

4) Keep a Journal or writing bible – you could also do your morning pages and write about your feelings or thoughts on being more patient as a writer and a person.


C)  Final thoughts on “How to be a more patient writer”


1) Change your attitude about life and its many hang-ups.

2) Let go of things or situations you can’t control. Take deep breaths and just concentrate on breathing.

3) Remember things take time in life, you will eventually get what you want with patience. (“Rome wasn’t built in a day”)

4) Focus on what really matters in life and try to always have a positive outlook on life.

5) Always try to expect the unexpected and simply just give yourself a break.

So in conclusion hopefully this post could help you to be a more patient writer and so that you can tell the best stories that (you) possibly can. These techniques have not only helped me in my writing life but in everyday life, my main hope as a fellow writer is that this post if anything helps cut back on your stress level. Hopefully I was of some help to you – the reader.

E.L. Taylor III

“Only jolter-headed, conceited idiots suppose that volumes are to be tossed odd like pancakes, and that any writing can be done without the utmost application, the greatest patience, and the steadiest energy of which the writer is capable.” – Charles Dickens

Writing Update

I’ve started writing my prequel/origin stories for my four main characters. I figured this would be a great way to get used to writing about my characters and it can help me flesh out their backstories. Once I have finished and polished the drafts for all the short stories then I can begin the main novel story.

While I’m writing these origin short stories I will also be perfecting the setting, plot, dialogue and a ton of the other things I would like in my story. Another reason for my writing the short stories is to also try and help me keep the focus of my story on point. Also this will provide me with extra material to release along with the main novels.

I could release the collection with some concomitant poetry pieces I have written and let the whole collection be released as a prequel book. I’ve been able to see the real potential in all of my characters and plot , I just hope , pray and meditate that my main story will have the ability to connect with potential readers.  Now even if my story doesn’t reach any readers, in my heart its a story that I absolutely have to tell regardless and all I can do is write from the heart.

The recently deceased writer Christopher Hitchens gives some great advice in this interview that explains my sentiments: