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101 Motivational Quotes for Writers

  1. A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit. ~Richard Bach
  2. If you wait for inspiration to write you’re not a writer, you’re a waiter. ~ Dan Poynter
  3. Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on. ~Louis L’Amour
  4. Writers aren’t exactly people…They’re a whole bunch of people trying to be one person. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald
  5. Writing is turning one’s worst moments into money. ~ J.P. Donleavy
  6. It ain’t whatcha write, it’s the way atcha write it. ~Jack Kerouac
  7. A true piece of writing is a dangerous thing, it can change your life. ~Tobias Wolff
  8. You can’t say “I won’t write today,” because that excuse will extend into several days, then several months, then…You ae not a writer anymore, just someone who dreams about being a writer. ~D.C. Fontana
  9. The only writer to whom you should compare yourself is the writer you were yesterday. ~Anonymous
  10. I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it. ~Toni Morrison
  11. We read to know that we are not alone. ~William Nicholson
  12. Just write. Nothing begets nothing, while something might beget something really good.
  13. Writers see the world differently. Every voice we hear, every face we see, every hand we touch could become story fabric. ~Buffy Andrews
  14. We write to taste twice, in the moment and in retrospect. ~Anais Nin
  15. A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it. ~Samuel Johnson
  16. Be courageous and try to write in a way that scares you a little. ~Holly Gerth
  17. It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by then I was too famous. ~Robert Benchley
  18. When I want to read a novel, I write one.” ~Benjamin Disraeli
  19. To write means more than putting pretty words on a page; the act of writing is to share a part of your soul with the world. ~Anonymous
  20. The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean.” ~Robert Louis Stevenson
  21. There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you. ~Maya Angelou
  22. I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of. ~Joss Whedon
  23. There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. ~Ernest Hemingway
  24. If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing. ~Benjamin Franklin
  25. Writing is the painting of the voice. ~Voltaire
  26. Don’t be ‘a writer.’ Be writing. ~William Faulkner
  27. The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. ~Mark Twain
  28. I made a decision to write for my readers, not to try to find more readers for my writing. ~Seth Godin
  29. People are capable, at any time in their lives of doing what they dream of. ~Paulo Coelho
  30. Do something instead of killing time. Because time is killing you. ~Paulo Coelho
  31. I learned to produce whether I wanted to or not.It would be easy to say oh, I have writer’s block, oh, I have to wait for my muse. I don’t. Chain that muse to your desk and get the job done. ~Barbara Kingsolver
  32. A boy proposed to a girl, she rejected. He was not sad. His friends asked him why he didn’t feel sad. Boy: Why should I be sad? I have lost someone who didn’t love me. But she’s lost someone who loved her. ~Akosminminmin
  33. Writing is not like dancing or modelling; it’s not something where -if you missed it by age 19 -you’re finished. It’s never too late.Your writing will only get better as you get older and wiser. If you write something beautiful and important, and the right person somehow discovers it, they will clear room for you on the bookshelves of the world at any age. At least try. ~Elizabeth Gilbert
  34. Fame is vapor, popularity an accident, riches take wings. Only one thing endures, and that is character. ~Horace Greeley
  35. Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. ~William Wordsworth
  36. There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure. ~Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
  37. Please think about your legacy, because you’re writing it every day. ~Gary Vaynerchuck
  38. Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working. ~Pablo Picasso
  39. When writing the story of your life, don’t let anyone else hold the pen. ~Anonymous
  40. Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can’t remember who we are or why we’re here. ~Sue Monk Kidd
  41. Don’t forget -no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell. ~Charles de Lint
  42. Nothing is impossible, the word itself says “I’m possible.” ~Audrey Hepburn
  43. The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. ~Anonymous
  44. Best advice on writing I’ve ever received. Finish. ~Peter Mayle
  45. If you never do, you’ll never know! ~Anonymous
  46. How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live. ~Henry David Thoreau
  47. A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies.The man who never reads lives only once. ~George. R.R. Martin
  48. What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? ~Anonymous
  49. What you think you become. ~Buddha
  50. Discipline is just choosing between what you want now and what you want most. ~Anonymous
  51. Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will. ~Anonymous
  52. You can make anything by writing. C.S. Lewis
  53. Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar. ~E.B. White
  54. Good books don’t give up their secrets all at once. ~Stephen King
  55. 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
  56. A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity. ~Franz Kafka
  57. The writer is by nature a dreamer -a conscious dreamer. ~Carson McCullers
  58. Writing is a calling, not a choice. ~Isabel Allende
  59. Don’t be afraid to rite crap, because crap makes great fertilizer. ~Jessica Brody
  60. A writer is someone who spends years patiently trying to discover the second being inside him. ~Orhan Pamuk
  61. Write what should not be forgotten. ~Isabel Allende
  62. The road to hell is paved with adverbs. ~Stephen King
  63. Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life. ~Lawrence Kasdan
  64. As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand. ~Ernest Hemingway
  65. Bad decisions make good stories. ~Anonymous
  66. Writer’s block: when your imaginary friends stop talking to you. ~Anonymous
  67. A writer is simply a photographer of thoughts. ~Brandon A. Trean
  68. You must write for yourself and not what you think people want to read. ~Jodi Ellen Malpas
  69. Write hard and clear about what hurts. ~Ernest Hemingway
  70. If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it. ~Toni Morrison
  71. The purpose of literature is to turn blood into ink. T.S. Elliot
  72. If a writer falls in love with you, you can never die. ~Anonymous
  73. You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you. ~Ray Bradbury
  74. I am a story teller.If I wanted to send a message I would have written a sermon. ~Philip Pullman
  75. The secret to editing your work is simple: you need to become its reader instead of its writer. ~Zadie Smith
  76. The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar, is the test of their power. ~Toni Morrison
  77. No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader. ~Robert Frost
  78. We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. ~Albert Einstein
  79. To write is human, to edit is divine. ~Stephen King
  80. If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again there is no use reading it at all. ~Oscar Wilde
  81. All fiction has to have a certain amount of truth in it to be powerful. ~George R.R. Martin
  82. A true classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say. ~Italo Calvino
  83. Sometimes God redeems your story by surrounding you with people who need to hear your past, so it doesn’t become their future. ~Jon Acuff
  84. A room without books is like a body without a soul. ~Marcus Tullius Cicero
  85. There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place. ~J.K. Rowling
  86. Books don’t change people; paragraphs do, sometimes even sentences. ~John Piper
  87. There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people’s books ad write your own. ~Albert Einstein
  88. My inspiration tends to come from two words.The two most important words to a writer: “What if?” ~Beth Revis
  89. Good writers borrow from other writers.Great writers steal from them outright. ~Aaron Sorkin
  90. You fail only if you stop writing. ~Ray Bradbury
  91. Write hard and clear about what hurts. ~Ernest Hemingway
  92. Good writing can come from anywhere. ~Thomas King
  93. You can’t blame a writer for what the characters say. ~Truman Capote
  94. The faster I write the better my output. If I’m going slow, I’m in trouble.It means I’m pushing the words instead of being pulled by them. ~Raymond Chandler
  95. The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can’t help it. ~Les Rosten
  96. You can’t let praise or criticism get to you.It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one. ~John Wooden
  97. Feel unbeatable.Feel no one can touch you.Feel that your skills make you the best at what you do.Feel lucky and blessed.Because you are unstoppable. ~Brandon C
  98. Mere literary talent is common; what is rare is endurance, the continuing desire to work hard at writing. ~Donald Hall
  99. A writer is a world trapped in a person. ~Victor Hugo
  100. Serious writers write, inspired or not. Over time they discover that routine is a better friend than inspiration. ~Ralph Keyes
  101. Writing is 90% listening. You listen so deeply to the space around you, that it fills you, and when you write, it pours out of you. ~Natalie Goldberg