50 Motivational Quotes On Writing

50 Motivational Quotes On Writing

In this post from Writers Write, your comprehensive writing resource, we share a selection of motivational quotes on writing.

The first of November is National Author’s Day. To celebrate, we’ve put together some of the most inspirational and motivational quotes on writing.

If you’ve ever felt blocked, or felt that you’re not good enough, read these quotations.

50 Motivational Quotes On Writing

  1. We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master. ~Ernest Hemingway
  2. Write. Just do it. Then again. Then some more. And more. Do not wait for inspiration; if you do enough of it often enough, inspiration will eventually come. ~Nancy Kress
  3. The first draft is just you telling yourself the story. ~Terry Pratchett
  4. Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere. ~Anne Lamott
  5. Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else. ~Gloria Steinem
  6. Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic fear which is inherent in a human situation. ~Graham Greene
  7. I do not over-intellectualise the production process. I try to keep it simple: Tell the damned story. ~Tom Clancy
  8. 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
  9. Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on. ~Louis L’Amour
  10. You learn to write by writing. ~William Zinsser
  11. Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any. ~Orson Scott Card
  12. Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away from it, even the people who are most important to you. ~Zadie Smith
  13. A word after a word after a word is power. ~Margaret Atwood
  14. You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it. ~Neil Gaiman
  15. Writing a novel is like building a wall brick by brick; only amateurs believe in inspiration. ~Frank Yerby
  16. Doing it all the time, whether or not we are in the mood, gives us ownership of our writing ability. It takes it out of the realm of conjuring where we stand on the rock of isolation, begging the winds for inspiration, and it makes it something as do-able as picking up a hammer and pounding a nail. Writing may be an art, but it is certainly a craft. It is a simple and workable thing that can be as steady and reliable as a chore. ~Julia Cameron
  17. I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn. ~Anne Frank
  18. When asked, ‘How do you write?’ I invariably answer, ‘one word at a time’. ~Stephen King
  19. A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit. ~Richard Bach
  20. Stop trying to write sentences and start trying to write stories. ~James Patterson
  21. One thing that helps is to give myself permission to write badly. I tell myself that I’m going to do my five or 10 pages no matter what, and that I can always tear them up the following morning if I want. I’ll have lost nothing—writing and tearing up five pages would leave me no further behind than if I took the day off. ~Lawrence Block
  22. I write to discover what I know. ~Flannery O’Connor
  23. Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.” ~Jane Yolen
  24. It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way. ~Ernest Hemingway
  25. What I really wanted was every kind of life, and the writer’s life seemed the most inclusive. ~Susan Sontag
  26. Life can’t defeat a writer who is in love with writing, for life itself is a writer’s lover until death. ~Edna Ferber
  27. 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
  28. Fiction can be more real to the reader than reality itself because fiction is the essence of life. ~James N. Frey
  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. Let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences. ~Sylvia Plath
  31. You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write. ~Annie Proulx
  32. You can make anything by writing. ~C.S. Lewis
  33. 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
  34. Read like a butterfly, write like a bee. ~Philip Pullman
  35. A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it. ~Roald Dahl
  36. Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good. ~William Faulkner
  37. Write what should not be forgotten. ~Isabel Allende
  38. It seems to me that what writers are supposed to do is use their imaginations. Imagination is one of the most important things we have. ~Susanna Clarke
  39. Writing is its own reward. ~Henry Miller
  40. The most important thing in writing is to have written. I can always fix a bad page. I can’t fix a blank one. ~Nora Roberts
  41. You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald
  42. Probably the most important thing I’ve learned is that if I don’t make the time to do the writing, the writing won’t get done. ~Judy Reeves
  43. I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work. ~Pearl S. Buck
  44. When I’m writing I know I’m doing the thing I was born to do. ~Anne Sexton
  45. If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery–isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is. ~Charles Bukowski
  46. All glory comes from daring to begin. ~Ruskin Bond
  47. Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open. ~Natalie Goldberg
  48. There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. ~W. Somerset Maugham
  49. Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.  ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  50. Love the writing, love the writing, love the writing… the rest will follow. ~Jane Yolen

Use these motivational quotes on writing to inspire you to write.

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 by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 1st November 2019