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?
6 Replies to “My Favorite Encouragement Quotes for Writers”
So good to see you again in Nashville, Anita. My fave, which is taped to my computer desk, is attributed to Blaise Pascal: “I have made this longer because I have not had he time to make it shorter.” Keeps me from rambling. Sometimes.
It was wonderful to see you in Nashville as well, Deb. We had a great time. And I love the Pascal quote — I hadn’t heard that one. ❤
I particularly like that last quote, Anita, especially at 5 a.m. when I crawl out of bed to write. My body is on autopilot until I have my first cup of coffee. lol
I know, isn’t that fun, Barb? It’s my favorite as well. And I think my second favorite is the J.K. Rowling quote about protecting our writing days.
Since I read a lot of Agatha Christie in high school, I like her quote. I also think inspiration for a story can hit you in the oddest places, like while washing dishes.
Absolutely. I receive some of my greatest inspirations during “shower moments.”
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