21 Inspirational Quotes for Writers

21 Inspirational Quotes for Writers

From some of the greatest minds of literature:

  • Plant a garden in which strange plants grow and mysteries bloom. ~Ken KeseyKen Kesey

  • It’s not worth doing something unless someone, somewhere, would much rather you weren’t doing it. ~Terry Pratchett

  • Never ask whether you can do something. Say instead that you are going to do it, then fasten your seat belt. ~Julia Cameron

  • Everything you look at can become a fairy tale, and you can get a story from everything you touch. ~Hans Christian AndersenHans Christian Anderson

  • The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not “Eureka!” (“I found it!”) but rather “Hmm, that’s funny…” ~Isaac Asimov

  • None of us suddenly becomes something overnight. The preparations have been in the making for a lifetime. ~Gail Godwin

  • If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten. ~Rudyard KiplingRudyard_Kipling_(portrait)

  • There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. ~Maya AngelouMaya_Angelou_visits_YCP!_2413

  • You go to bed every night thinking that you’ve written the most brilliant passage ever done, which somehow the next day you realize is sheer drivel. ~Tom Wolfe

  • The more you reason the less you create. ~Raymond Chandler

  • I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose. ~Stephen KingStephen-King

  • It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly. ~ C.J. Cherryh

  • In general, there’s no point in writing hopeless novels. We all know we’re going to die; what’s important is what kind of men and women we are in the face of this. ~Anne Lamott


  • 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

  • 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

  • If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor. ~Edgar Rice BurroughsE-R-Burroughs

  • I’m not sure a bad person can write a good book. If art doesn’t make us better, then what on earth is it for? ~Alice Walker

  • The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself. ~Albert Camus

  • Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen. ~John SteinbeckJohn_Steinbeck_1962

  • Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing. ~Norman Mailer

  • The secret of it all is to write in the gush, the throb, the flood of the moment—to put things down without deliberation—without worrying about their style, without waiting for a fit time or place. I always worked that way. I took the first scrap of paper, the first doorstep, the first desk, and wrote—wrote, wrote…By writing at the instant, the very heartbeat of life is caught. ~Walt Whitman


About Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Andrea R Huelsenbeck is a wife, a mother of five and a former elementary general music teacher. A freelance writer in the 1990s, her nonfiction articles and book reviews appeared in Raising Arizona Kids, Christian Library Journal, and other publications. She is currently working on a young adult mystical fantasy novel and a mystery.

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