118 Best Inspirational writing quotes

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Writing is a skill or activity with the help of which a person can share his ideas, thoughts, and emotions using any text, symbol, or character. The skill of writing is to express oneself through written words. Here are some inspirational writing quotes that will help you if you are curious to know about writing.

Best motivational writing quotes

1. “Writing is a journey of discovery because until you start, you never know what will happen, and you can be surprised by what you do – expect the unexpected!” ― Mini Grey

2. “Good authors, too, who once knew better words now only use four-letter words writing prose… anything goes.” ― Cole Porter

3. “Writing the perfect paper is a lot like a military operation. It takes discipline, foresight, research, and strategy, and, if done right, ends in total victory.” ― Ryan Holiday

4. “When one is writing a novel in the first person, one must be that person.” ― Daphne du Maurier

5. “It’s not writing in the traditional sense, but I’ve always said that the writing process continues on the set and even into the editing room.” ― Robert B. Weide

6. “The best work that anybody ever writes is the work that is on the verge of embarrassing him, always.” ― Arthur Miller

7. “Words have weight.” ― Stephen King

8. “Writing in a journal reminds you of your goals and of your learning in life. It offers a place where you can hold a deliberate, thoughtful conversation with yourself.” ― Robin S. Sharma

9. “Write only if you cannot live without writing. Write only what you alone can write.” ― Elie Wiesel

10. “The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write: a man will turn over half a library to make one book.” ― Samuel Johnson

11. “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture – it’s really a stupid thing to want to do.” ― Elvis Costello

12. “Writing is both mask and unveiling.” ― E.B. White

Famous writing quotes

13. “Writing means sharing. It’s part of the human condition to want to share things – thoughts, ideas, opinions.” ― Paulo Coelho

14. “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” ― Virginia Woolf

15. “Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.” ― Jules Renard

16. “When you write a book, you spend day after day scanning and identifying the trees. When you’re done, you have to step back and look at the forest.” ― Stephen King

17. “Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.” ― Kurt Vonnegut

18. “Writing is like breathing, it’s possible to learn to do it well, but the point is to do it no matter what.” ― Julia Cameron

19. “Writing is really a way of thinking–not just feeling but thinking about things that are disparate, unresolved, mysterious, problematic or just sweet.” ― Toni Morrison

20. “A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it.” ― Roald Dahl

21. “Writing is the most fun you can have by yourself.” ― Terry Pratchett

Inspiring writing quotes

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

23. “The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.” ― Anais Nin

24. “Write what you know. That should leave you with a lot of free time.” ― Howard Nemerov

25. “Write the kind of story you would like to read. People will give you all sorts of advice about writing, but if you are not writing something you like, no one else will like it either.” ― Meg Cabot

26. “Everybody does have a book in them, but in most cases, that’s where it should stay.” ― Christopher Hitchens

27. “The digital revolution is far more significant than the invention of writing or even printing.” ― Douglas Engelbart

28. “Everybody is talented because everybody who is human has something to express.” ― Brenda Ueland

29. “Why did I write? Because I found life unsatisfactory.” ― Tennessee Williams

30. “Writing is like talking to yourself, just in a way that makes it look like you’re not crazy!” ― Mary Kate

31. “Books choose their authors; the act of creation is not entirely a rational and conscious one.” ― Salman Rushdie

32. “A word is not the same with one writer as it is with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket.” ― Charles Péguy

33. “Poetry is, after all, only nonsense and justifies what would be considered impudence if written in prose.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Writing quotes for students

34. “The heart and soul of good writing is research; you should write not what you know but what you can find out about.” ― Robert J. Sawyer

35. “Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.” ― E. B. White

36. “All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” ― Ernest Hemingway

37. “There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.” ― Beatrix Potter

38. “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” ― Jack London

39. “Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely essential.” ― Jessamyn West

40. “To write well, express yourself like the common people, but think like a wise man.” ― Aristotle

41. “Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire.” ― Napoleon Hill

42. “The more research you do, the more at ease you are in the world you’re writing about. It doesn’t encumber you, it makes you free.” ― A. S. Byatt

43. “The most difficult and complicated part of the writing process is the beginning.” ― A. B. Yehoshua

44. “You learn to write by writing, and by reading and thinking about how writers have created their characters and invented their stories. If you are not a reader, don’t even think about being a writer.” ― Jean M. Auel

Creative writing quotes

45. “Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.” ― Lloyd Alexander

46. “Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college.” ― Kurt Vonnegut

47. “If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.” ― Martin Luther

48. “There is creative reading as well as creative writing.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

49. “To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the music the words make.” ― Truman Capote

50. “Without words, without writing, and without books, there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.” ― Hermann Hesse

51. “Good writing is remembering detail. Most people want to forget. Don’t forget things that were painful or embarrassing or silly. Turn them into a story that tells the truth.” ― Paula Danziger

52. “Writing means not just staring ugliness in the face, but finding a way to embrace it.” ― Veronica Roth

53. “What is writing? Writing is telepathy.” ― Stephen King

54. “Creativity is the brain’s invisible muscle — that when used and exercised routinely — becomes better and stronger.” ― Ashley Ormon

55. “Content is nothing but showing your creativity through words.” ― Textuar

56. “All writing is communication; creative writing is communication through revelation — it is the Self escaping into the open.” ― E.B. White

Short quotes about writing

57. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelo

58. “Fiction is the truth inside the lie.” ― Stephen King

59. “Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.” ― E.L. Doctorow

60. “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” ― William Wordsworth

61. “A word after a word after a word is power.” ― Margaret Atwood

62. “Tears are words that need to be written.” ― Paulo Coelho

63. “You can make anything by writing.” ― C.S. Lewis

64. “The hard part about writing a novel is finishing it.” ― Ernest Hemingway

65. “Writers are the exorcists of their own demons.” ― Mario Vargas-Llosa

66. “A good book isn’t written, it’s rewritten.” ― Phyllis A. Whitney

67. “Writing is the geometry of the soul.” ― Plato

68. “Good writing is like a windowpane.” ― George Orwell

69. “Write what you know.” ― Mark Twain

70. “The desire to write grows with writing.” ― Erasmus

71. “Writing is an antidote to loneliness.” ― Steven Berkoff

Writing quotes for writers

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

73. “There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.” ― Frank Herbert

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

75. “Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: it’s always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.” ― Neil Gaiman

76. “A writer must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid.” ― William Faulkner

77. “Whether you’re keeping a journal or writing as a meditation, it’s the same thing. What’s important is that you’re having a relationship with your mind.” ― Natalie Goldberg

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

79. “Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being.” ― A.A. Milne

80. “Writing is a profession for introverts who want to tell you a story but don’t want to make eye contact while doing it.” ― John Green

Love writing quotes

81. “Writing is my love. If you love something, you find a lot of time. I write for two hours a day, usually starting at midnight; at times, I start at 11.” ― A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

82. “The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.” ― Gustave Flaubert

83. “I write to give myself strength, I write to be the characters that I am not, I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of.” ― Joss Whedon

84. “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.” ― Anais Nin

85. “I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.” ― James Michener

86. “When we are in love, we are convinced nobody else will do. But as time goes, others do, and often do, much much better.” ― Jamie Weise

87. “Writing fiction is the act of weaving a series of lies to arrive at a greater truth.” ― Khaled Hosseini

88. “I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork.” ― Peter De Vries

89. “Writing is like making love. Don’t worry about the orgasm, just concentrate on the process.” ― Isabel Allende

90. “When you’re writing what you love, it’s the most fun you can have with your clothes still on unless of course, you write naked.” ― Don Roff

Stephen King writing quotes

91. “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” ― Stephen King

92. “A short story is a different thing altogether – a short story is like a quick kiss in the dark from a stranger.” ― Stephen King

93. “Description begins in the writer’s imagination but should finish in the reader’s.” ― Stephen King

94. “A little talent is a good thing to have if you want to be a writer. But the only real requirement is the ability to remember every scar.” ― Stephen King

95. “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” ― Stephen King

96. “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” ― Stephen King

97. “Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.” ― Stephen King

98. “Fiction is the truth inside the lie.” ― Stephen King

99. “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” ― Stephen King

100. “The scariest moment is always just before you start.” ― Stephen King

Passion for writing quotes

101. “The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen.” ― Lee Iacocca

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

103. “It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

104. “Writing is the only thing that when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.” ― Gloria Steinem

105. “I think some aspects of writing can be taught. Obviously, you can’t teach vision or talent. But you can help with comfort.” ― Toni Morrison

106. “The way to write is to throw your body at the mark when your arrows are spent.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

107. “The greatest writers have persistence.” ― Gina Nahai

108. “A good writer refuses to be socialized. He insists on his own version of things, his own consciousness. And by doing so he draws the reader’s eye from its usual groove into a new way of seeing things.” ― Bill Barich

109. “Writing is more than a gift. It is a struggle that blesses those who see it through to the end.” ― Nona King

110. “You will learn more about writing from one hour of reading than you will in six hours of writing.” ― John McAleer

Writing stories quotes

111. “Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish.” ― Hermann Hesse

112. “Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen.” ― Willa Cather

113. “A story is a letter that the author writes to himself, to tell himself things that he would be unable to discover otherwise.” ― Carlos Ruiz Zafón

114. “After writing a story I was always empty and both sad and happy, as though I had made love, and I was sure this was a very good story although I would not know truly how good until I read it over the next day.” ― Ernest Hemingway

115. “The story is always better than your ability to write it.” ― Robin McKinley

116. “A good story is always more dazzling than a broken piece of truth.” ― Diane Setterfield

117. “Every word a woman writes changes the story of the world, revises the official version.” ― Carolyn See

118. “Some stories have to be written because no one would believe the absurdity of it all.” ― Shannon L. Alder

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