Inspirational Quotes for Your Inner Writer

By Jon Miller

If you’re banging your head maniacally against your keyboard hoping that — amidst this whirlwind of intensive care — that an idea or two will pop out, then you will certainly not be the first nor the last to do so. Some our favorite writers have felt the same. Writer’s block is a universal affliction that is not subjected to a particular period era, setting, or person. It is an affliction that everyone must go through at some point in their aspiring writing career.

Where would some of our favorite writers be if it were not for the frustration that they faced going into some of their greatest work that would eventually redefine our world? If you’re feeling failed over your lack of voice, then take a look at some of the inspirational writing quotes to get those wheels churning.

“Write. Rewrite. When not writing…read. I know of no shortcuts.” — Larry L. King

“The first sentence can’t be written until the final sentence is written.” — Joyce Carol Oates

“If my doctor told me that I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.” — Isaac Asimov

“Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality: it’s a way of understanding it.” — Lloyd Alexander

“You are who you are when nobody’s watching.” — Stephen Fry

“I need solitude for my writing; not ‘like a hermit’ — that wouldn’t be enough, but like a dead man.” — Franz Kafka

“It is not the author who writes the novel. The author deposits start points than the novel writes itself.” — Umberto Eco 

“If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write. Because our culture has no use for it.” — Anaïs Nin

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” — Louis L’Amour

“The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it solves through the brain and goes straight to the heart.” — Maya Angelou

“Geniuses can be scintillating and geniuses can be somber, but it’s the inescapable sorrowful depth that shines through— originality.” — Jack Kerouac

“I think all writing is a disease. You can’t stop it.” — William Carlos Williams

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” — Robert Frost

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

“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” — Ray Bradbury 


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