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20 inspirational quotes about writing

A series of quotes from brilliant authors to motivate and inspire your writing:

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

2. “You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.” ~ Saul Bellow

3. “First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him!” ~ Ray Bradbury

4. “Dreams never fade as long as you make them a reality.” ~ Steven Cuoco

Dream on

5. The work never matches the dream of perfection the artist has to start with. ~ William Faulkner

6. “The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words.” ~ William H. Gass

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

8. Description begins in the writer’s imagination but should finish in the reader’s.” ~ Stephen King

The power of imagination

9. “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

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

11. “A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” ~ Thomas Mann

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

Keep writing

13. “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” ~ Anaïs Nin

14. “I write to discover what I know.” ~ Flannery O’Connor

15. “You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page” ~ Jodi Picoult

16. “The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” ~ Terry Pratchett

Write and don't look back

17. “Start before you’re ready.” ~ Steven Pressfield

18. “Words are a lens to focus one’s mind.” ~ Ayn Rand

19. “Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic.” ~ J. K. Rowling

20. “Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” ~ Mark Twain


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