• Friday Fun: Inspirational Quotes from Inspirational Writers

    Compiled by Writestream Publishing Contributor Krystyn Fetterman: 

    Pursuing writing as a career can be frustrating, emotionally impacting, and demanding. There may be times (maybe even daily) when you feel like giving up on your writing. Before you give up and start looking for some boring retail job, try reading these quotes about writing from famous writers. Hopefully, by the end, you’ll be inspired to keep doing what you have always loved.

    “Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” ~George Orwell


    “We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” ~Ernest Hemingway

    “Write while the heat is in you. … The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with.” ~Henry David Thoreau

    “There are rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” ~W. Somerset Maugham

    “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is … the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” ~Mark Twain


    “Anyone who is going to be a writer knows enough at 15 to write several novels.” ~May Sarton

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

    “Remember: Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.” ~Ray Bradbury

    “Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.” ~Ray Bradbury

    “I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.” ~Harper Lee

    “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ~Maya Angelou


    “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader.”

    ~Robert Frost

    “Making people believe the unbelievable is no trick; it’s work. … Belief and reader absorption come in the details: An overturned tricycle in the gutter of an abandoned neighborhood can stand for everything.” ~Stephen King

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

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

    “This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It’s that easy, and that hard.” ~Neil Gaiman


    “I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” ~Anne Frank

    “You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.”

    ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

    “I’m not sure a bad person can write a good book. If art doesn’t make us better, then what on earth is it for?”

    ~Alice Walker

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