56 of the Most Popular Quotes About Writing to Inspire You

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Being a writer is something I’ve always dreamed of. I love helping other women ditch their 9-5 to work from home as writers and control their schedule.

It’s much better to work towards your own goals instead of someone else’s. Controlling my own schedule and spending more time with my family and friends was huge for me, and all the hard work of starting an online writing business was worth it.

So, here are some great writing quotes to motivate you to succeed and help you achieve your dreams of becoming a writer.

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Most Popular Quotes About Writing

Write what should not be forgotten. Isabel Allende 

A writer, I think, is someone who pays attention to the world. Susan Sontag

Stay faithful to the stories in your head. Paula Hawkins

Quotes About Writing Truman Capote Quote

Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you not been able to speak about. Be willing to be split open. Natalie Goldberg

It’s your object to convey everything to the reader so that he remembers it not as a story he had read but something that happened to himself. That’s the true test of writing. 

Ernest Hemingway

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

Victor Hugo quote

Don’t forget – no one else sees the world the way you do. So, no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell. Charles de Lint

The best part of writing is really to educate yourself. I don’t want to be anybody’s expert. I came to learn. 

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Good fiction’s job is to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable. David Foster Wallace

Writing is its own reward. 

Henry Miller

The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. Dylan Thomas

Carson McCullers Quote

You can make anything by writing. C.S. Lewis

Write with conviction. Pick a side and be bold. And if you’re wrong, admit it. 

Jeff Goins

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Famous Quotes About Writing

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

You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will. Writing is magic, as much the water or life as any other creative art. The water is free, so drink. Drink and be filled up. 

Stephen King

Writing – the art of communicating thoughts to the mind, through the eye –  is the great invention of the world. Abraham Lincoln

Anton Chekhov

Easy reading is damn hard writing. Nathaniel Hawthorne

I write what amuses me. It’s totally for myself. I never in my wildest dreams expected this popularity. There’s no formula. 

J. K. Rowling

Writing is the only that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else. 

Gloria Steinem

There’s no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story. Frank Herbert

Write while the heat is on you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron that has cooled to burn a hole with. 

Henry David Thoreau

 No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. George Moore

Overnight success is almost always a myth. Half of this industry is luck, and half is the refusal to quit. 

Victoria Schwab

Stephen King

The task of a writer consists of being able to make something out of an idea. 

Thomas Mann

You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write. Saul Bellow

There are three rules for writing. Unfortunately, no one can agree what they are. 

Somerset Maugham

You may be able to take a break from writing, but you won’t be able to take a break from being a writer. 

Stephen Leigh

Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself. Truman Capote

Words are the most powerful drug used by mankind. Rudyard Kipling

Oscar Wilde

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do. 

Thomas Jefferson

Lock up the libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind. Virginia Woolf

A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but the spirit of his friends. 

Friedrich Nietsche

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

Writing is the painting of the voice. Voltaire

Christopher Hampton Quote

Quotes About Writing-Focused on Being a Writer

Writing eases my suffering. It is my way of reaffirming my own existence. 

Gao Xingjian

Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve. J. K. Rowling

I start with a question. Then I try to answer it. 

Mary Lee Settle

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

Holly Gerth quote

If people cannot write well, they cannot think well, and if they cannot think well, others will do their thinking for them. George Orwell

Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up. 

Jane Yolen

The six golden rules of writing: Read, read, read, and write, write, write. Ernest Gaines

You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence. 

Octavia E. Butler

I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work. Pearl S. Buck

Issac Bashevis Singer quote

Be strategic and resilient in the pursuit of your dreams. That sounds like a cheesy quote, right? But nah, I’m serious. Resilience is one hell of a quality to master, and not many have the skin for it. Tiffany D. Jackson

It is by sitting down to write every morning that one becomes a writer. Gerald Brenan

On writers: They belong not to one system, one nation only, but to the universe. And just because they are so very far away, it is usually many years before their light is visible to the inhabitants of this earth. Arthur Schopenhauer

Margaret Atwood quote

The writer must have a good imagination to begin with, but the imagination has to be muscular, which means it must be exercised in a disciplined way, day in and day out, by writing, failing, succeeding, and revising. 

Stephen King

I hope these quotes inspire you to achieve everything you wanted with your writing career.

Perhaps one day you’ll be famous and contribute your own quotes about writing. Writing is such a rewarding profession and provides the lifestyle you’ve always dreamed of.

Stay tuned for more quotes about writing and other tips and hacks to get you making money as soon as possible.

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56 of the Most Popular Quotes About Writing to Inspire You

8 thoughts on “56 of the Most Popular Quotes About Writing to Inspire You”

  1. So many wonderful quotes! It’s hard to choose a favourite, but I think Margaret Atwood’s “if I waited for perfection I would never write a word” tops the list for me. It’s such powerful advice for all creatives. But I am a huge Atwood fan so I might be a little biased 🙂 thanks for sharing!

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