I think all aspiring and professional writers out there will agree when I say that ‘We are never fully satisfied with our work. We always feel that we can do better and that our best piece is yet to be written’. I also believe that there is at least one quote that gets you and is fitting to how you feel at any moment in life.
So read on to find some apt quotes for all writing occasions from considering to be a writer to experiencing a writers block to have already created that masterpiece yet contemplating if it’s good enough.
“Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.”
― Lisa See
“The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.”
― Terry Pratchett
“You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it.
That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.”
― Octavia E. Butler
“You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.”
― Jodi Picoult
“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
— Louis L’Amour
“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.”
— Virginia Woolf
“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
― Sylvia Plath
“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
― Anton Chekhov
“When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.”
— Stephen King
Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any.
– Orson Scott
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
― Maya Angelou
“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”
— Franz Kafka
“If the book is true, it will find an audience that is meant to read it.”
— Wally Lamb
I think all writing is a disease. You can’t stop it.”
— William Carlos Williams
“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”
— Anne Frank
A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”
— Richard Bach
“People say, ‘What advice do you have for people who want to be writers?’ I say, they don’t really need advice, they know they want to be writers, and they’re gonna do it. Those people who know that they really want to do this and are cut out for it, they know it.”
— R.L. Stine
and last but not least…
“I believe myself that a good writer doesn’t really need to be told anything except to keep at it.”
— Chinua Achebe
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