As I sit here feeling ever so slightly under the weather, I thought it might be nice to inject some positivity/motivation into my surroundings. And fortunately, I can do so from my bed (the joys of the internet) 😉 Here are some of my favourite writing quotes. I hope you find them as encouraging as I do…
- You can’t edit a blank page – Jodi Picoult
This is number one for it’s sheer brilliance. Every time one of my friends shares their writing woes with me (from insecurity to plot struggles or just general frustration) I refer them back to this quote. I know, it’s so simple that the pure genius behind this mantra might not resonate yet. Take a moment and let the message permeate you
As writers, we must finish our work because the work will never be any good until we finish it. People procrastinate work (myself included) because they’re scared the finished product won’t be any good or the time it’ll take to refine is too long.
But the time is going to pass anyway.
2. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better – Anne Lamott
Well, it’s true…
3. Don’t tell me the moon is shining – show me the glint of light on broken glass – Chekhov
These words are moonlight – both illuminating and beautiful. Chekhov doesn’t simply state ‘show don’t tell’ and leave it at that. He shows us just how it’s done.
No man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. ~CS Lewis.
I like this because it’s a real reminder to stay HONEST with yourself. This also removes the pressure of having to be original as well as the pressure of trying. Here we are encouraged to just be
Know that the Creator lives and moves and breathes within you. So those dreams? Risk them. Those words? Write them. Those hopes? Believe them. ~Elora Nicole Ramirez
Words are powerful. With words, God spoke creation into being. God loves art and therefore so do you. Never waste love.
6. I find that discussing an idea out loud is often the way to kill it stone dead. – J.K. Rowling
I’ve never agreed with anything more. In the age of social media I think it’s so tempting to post every little thing we’re engaged in but as Rowling has said – why kill ideas stone dead?
7. Write with the door closed – rewrite with the door open – Stephen King
Always helpful to be reminded of how to write and edit a book- you know, the fundamental part of authorship.
8. ‘I want to be a writer when I grow up. Am I insane? ‘Yes. Growing up is highly overrated. Just be an author instead’ – Neil Gaiman
INSERT ALL THE CLAPPING EMOJIs. This is great and I think every child should hear it.
9. ‘Be ruthless about protecting writing days’ – J.K. Rowling
You can shut yourself away from the world and focus on your passions. J.K. Rowling says so.
10. Unless the lion learns to write, every story will glorify the hunter – African proverb
Let’s tell our stories and our realities.
11. Writing is the best way to talk uninterrupted – Jules Renard
I remember the first time I read this quote and I felt so…ENGLIGHTENED and INSPIRED and felt the need to write there and then. I hope this quote fills you with the same reminder of the sense of utter freedom that comes with writing.
12. Either write something worth doing or do something worth writing – Benjamin Franklin
Ironically, a great quote about writing tells you to just go outside, ignore writing, and LIVE for a little.
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So that’s it! Which ones do you like with/disagree with? 🙂 Any I should add to the list? Let me know!