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Writing Quotes to Inspire You for the Journey

Writing Quotes

The Write2Ignite conference is over and you’re sitting in front of your computer facing a blank screen. Here are some writing quotes to help you reconnect with your passion and creativity!

  1. “Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader—not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.”  ~ E.L. Doctorow
  2. “The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.” ~ Mary Heaton Vorse
  3. “If the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  4. “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” ~ Toni Morrison
  5. “One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” ~ Jack Kerouac
  6. “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” ~ Anton Chekhov
  7. “You don’t make art out of good intentions.” ~ Gustave Flaubert
  8. “There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.” ~ Charles Dickens
  9. “Our passions shape our books; repose writes them in the intervals.” ~ Proust, The Past Recaptured
  10. “I keep little notepads all over the place to write down ideas as soon as they strike, but the ones that fill up the quickest are always the ones at my nightstand.”  ~ Terri Guillemets
  11. “Read over your compositions, and when you meet a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.”  ~ Samuel Johnson, 1791
  12. “A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it.” ~ Samuel Johnson
  13. “Let your accomplishments excite you, but don’t let them placate you. Let your rejections teach you something, but don’t let them paralyze you.” ~ Linda DeMers Hummel
  14. “The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.” ~ Tom Clancy
  15. “A good writer is an observant reader. Abandon any notions that reading is a luxury—the writer reads in order to write.”  ~ Linda Busby Parker
  16. “When you can take parts of yourself and give them to your fictional characters yet make them different from you, you will have succeeded in one of the most daunting journeys you will ever take as a writer.” ~ Rachel Ballon, Breathing Life into Your Characters
  17. “Loafing is the most productive part of a writer’s life.” ~ James Norman Hall
  18. “The first draft reveals the art. Revision reveals the artist.” ~ Michael Lee
  19. “Anyone can write one book, and perhaps even sell it, and in the rarest of circumstances become famous from it—because lightning does strike. To make a career of writing, though, you must take up the burden of making lightning strike regularly, where and when you want it.” ~ Holly Lisle
  20. “The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar and familiar things new.”  ~ Samuel Johnson
  21. “There are thousands of thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up the pen and writes.”  ~ William Makepeace Thackeray

Which quote resonates with you? Why? Tell us in the comments!

4 thoughts on “Writing Quotes to Inspire You for the Journey

  1. Thank you for sharing these. There is wisdom in many of these quotes. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Melissa! I’m sure Ava is glad for your comment. Carol

  2. Since I have trouble with telling instead of showing, this quote resonates with me the most: “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” ~ Anton Chekhov

    1. Thanks for leaving a comment, Jarm. That’s a good one!

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