If you write for any length of time, you’re going to need encouragement somewhere along the journey, no matter how long you’ve been at it. If you’re like me, you may need a lot of motivating words, and you can’t wait around expecting someone else to provide them. Often, to keep the creative juices flowing, you need to get intentional about inspiring yourself — which is why I keep my favorite encouragement quotes for writers close by.
See if any of these strike a chord with you. Maybe you could use one of these morale boosters for your writing.
“Be ruthless about protecting writing days. Do not cave in to endless requests to have essential and long overdue meetings on those days.” — J.K. Rowling
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” — Maya Angelou
“Write every day, line by line, page by page, hour by hour. Do this despite fear. For above all else, beyond imagination and skill, what the world asks of you is courage. Courage to risk rejection, ridicule, and failure.” — Robert McKee
“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” — Anais Nin
“If you wait for inspiration to write, you’re not a writer, you’re a waiter.” — Dan Poynter
“The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.” — Agatha Christie
“A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” — Thomas Mann
“I can fight off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” — Anne Frank
“This business of being a writer is ultimately about asking yourself, how alive am I willing to be?” — Anne Lamott
“You can do it!” — Your Morning Coffee
Do you have some favorite encouragement quotes for writers you’d like to share? Which of these is your favorite?