57 Inspirational Writing Quotes To Awaken Your Inner Writer

1. “You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it.” ― Octavia E. Butler

2. “If the word doesn’t exist, invent it; but first be sure it doesn’t exist.” ― Charles Baudelaire

3. “Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” ― E. L. Doctorow

4. “Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.” ― Winston Churchill

5. “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” ― Stephen King

6. “Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything good.” ― William Faulkner

7. “And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” ― Sylvia Plath

8. “Not a wasted word. This has been a main point to my literary thinking all my life.” ― Hunter S. Thompson

9. “If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.” ― Somerset Maugham

10. “Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.” ― Barbara Kingsolver

11. “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” ― Albert Camus

12. “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” ― Benjamin Franklin

13. “Indeed, learning to write may be part of learning to read. For all I know, writing comes out of a superior devotion to reading.” ― Eudora Welty

14. “I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.“ – Shannon Hale

15. “The best work that anybody ever writes is the work that is on the verge of embarrassing him, always.” ― Arthur Miller

16. “You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page“- Jodi Picoult

17. “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” – Robert Frost

18. “I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.” ― Robert Frost

19. “Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.” — Larry L. King

20. “Never write anything that does not give you great pleasure. Emotion is easily transferred from the writer to the reader.” ― Joseph Joubert

21. “Description begins in the writer’s imagination but should finish in the reader’s.” ― Stephen King

22. “If a nation loses its storytellers, it loses its childhood.” — Peter Handke

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

24. “Why did I write? Because I found life unsatisfactory.” ― Tennessee Williams

25. “The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” ― Terry Pratchett

26. “Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

27. “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” ― Stephen King

28. “A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” — Richard Bach

29. “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” ― Toni Morrison

30. “Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.” — Ray Bradbury

31. “I write for the same reason I breathe – because if I didn’t, I would die.” – Isaac Asimov

32. “Focus more on your desire than on your doubt, and the dream will take care of itself.” – Mark Twain

33. “Start before you’re ready.” ― Steven Pressfield

34. “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers, you cannot be successful or happy.” ― Norman Vincent Peale

35. “Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them. There’s many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.” – Flannery O’Connor

36. “Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” ― Louis L’Amour

37. “The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.” ― Thomas Jefferson

38. “To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme.” ― Herman Melville

39. “Ideas aren’t magical; the only tricky part is holding on to one long enough to get it written down. ” ― Lynn Abbey

40. “I get a lot of letters from people. They say,“I want to be a writer. What should I do?“ I tell them to stop writing to me and get on with it.” ― Ruth Rendell

41. “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” ― Toni Morrison

42. “I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.” — Robert Louis Stevenson

43. “You either have to write or you shouldn’t be writing. That’s all.” ― Joss Whedon

44. “Tell the readers a story! Because without a story, you are merely using words to prove you can string them together in logical sentences.“ – Anne McCaffrey

45. “If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word.” ― Margaret Atwood

46. “The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write. A man will turn over half a library to make a book.” ― Samuel Johnson

47. “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” ― Jack London

48. “Everybody is talented because everybody who is human has something to express.” ― Brenda Ueland

49. “If you want to be a writer-stop talking about it and sit down and write!” ― Jackie Collins

50. “If you have no critics, you’ll likely have no success.” ― Malcolm X

51. “If people cannot write well, they cannot think well, and if they cannot think well, others will do their thinking for them.” ― George Orwell

52. “The beautiful part of writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon.” ― Robert Cormier

53. “If the book is true, it will find an audience that is meant to read it.” ― Wally Lamb

54. “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” ― W. Somerset Maugham

55. “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” ― Stephen King

56. “Ignore all hatred and criticism. Live for what you create, and die protecting it.” ― Lady Gaga

57. “The first draft of anything is shit.” ― Ernest Hemingway

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