As writers, we find comfort, not only in the words we lay, but also in the words we read. And, as a community, we can relate to the joy, frustration, and excitement we find in our work. We find we are not alone with the struggles we face; and, in reading quotes from writers, we find solace.
Some of the most famous quotes from authors are not in their novels, but in how they describe writing. They give us the hope and motivation to continue with our own careers and dive deep into our work.
I have gathered 40 of my favorite writers quotes that have inspired me in my writing and I hope they will inspire you, too.
Quotes About Writing
“There’s always something to write about. If there’s not, then you need to live life more aggressively.”-Min Kim
“It is a delicious thing to write; to be no longer yourself, but to move in an entire universe of your own creation.”-Gustave Flaubert
“Every first draft is perfect because all a first draft has to do is exist.”-Jane Smiley
“The function of the first draft is to help you figure out your story. The function of every draft after that is to figure out the most dramatic way to tell that story.”-Darcy Pattison
“I think new writers are too worried that it has all been said before. Sure it has, but not by you.”-Asha Dornfest
“The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.”-Terry Pratchett
“The most beautiful stories always start with wreckage.”-Jack London
“Writing a novel is a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay. I’m always irritated by people who imply that writing fiction is an escape from reality. It is a plunge into reality and it’s very shocking to the system.”-Flannery O’Connor
“Writing is the painting of the voice.”-Voltaire
“Write what should not be forgotten.”-Isabel Allende
“Good fictions job is to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.”-David Foster Wallace
“There is no limit to how rough a rough draft can be.”-Unknown
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“Once you believe you’re a writer, it will never leave you.”-Unknown
“The worst enemy of creativity is self doubt.”-Sylvia Plath
“Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel like I should be doing something else.”-Gloria Steinem
“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
“The writing life you want is already yours. You just have to believe.”-Unknown
“The need to write comes from the need to make sense of one’s life and discover one’s usefulness.”
“I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. And, I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of.”-Joss Whedon
“A writer is a world trapped in a person.”-Victor Hugo
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“As a writer you try to listen to what others aren’t saying and write about the silence.”-N. R. Hart
“If a story is in you, it has to come out.”-William Faulkner
“Writers end up writing about their obsessions. Things that haunt them, things they can’t forget, stories they carry in their bodies waiting to be released.”-Natalie Goldberg
“Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.”-Natalie Goldberg
“Being a writer is not about your fame or the length of your work—it’s about what you do for your reader. If your reader cannot stop reading, then you should not stop writing.”-Susannah Birch
“If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word.”-Margaret Atwood
“You only fail if you stop writing.”-Ray Bradbury
“You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.”-Jodi Picoult
“A little talent is a good thing to have if you want to be a writer. But the only real requirement is the ability to remember every scar.”-Stephen King
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“The desire to write was planted within you for a reason.”-Unknown
“The first draft is as bad as the book is ever going to be.”-Unknown
“Only a generation of readers will spawn a generation of writers.”-Stephen Spielberg
“Nothing that happens to a writer is ever wasted.”-Unknown
“My inspiration tends to come from two words. The two most important words to a writer: what if?”-Beth Revis
“A writer is simply a photographer of thoughts.”-Brandon A. Trean
“Write until it becomes as natural as breathing. Write until not writing makes you anxious.”-Christina Katz
“The first book is never wasted material. Even if it’s not publishable, it’s a stepping stone in the education of becoming a skilled writer.”-Unknown
“This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it’s done. It’s that easy and that hard.”-Neil Gaiman
“Don’t just plan to write—write. It is only by writing, not about dreaming about it, that we develop our own style.”-P. D. James
“I write only because there is a voice within me that will not be still.”-Sylvia Plath
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