Be Inspired by these 50 Writers Quotes

Over 50 inspiring quotes for writers on writing, character, inspiration and creativityWriting can be one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences in life so we thought some inspirational help from fellow writers could just be what you need.

We've collected over 50 inspiring quotes on writing to help with character and place development, story brainstorming, pushing through writer's block and just settling down to make time to write.

If you're close to a writer be sure to help encourage their endeavours by sharing the ideal quote in a card, email or text. Support makes a whole lot of difference.

Over 50 Inspiring Quotes on Writing

Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose…not the one you began with perhaps, but one you'll be glad to remember. - Anne Sullivan Macy

Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere. - Anne Lamott

Storytelling is my passion, and it rises from a love of reading. - Kelley Armstrong

I'm just going to write because I cannot help it. - Charlotte Bronte

Men secretly respect a woman who is strong, has confidence and has dreams of her own. There's nothing more attractive to a man than a woman who has dignity and pride in who she is. - Sherry Argov

One is not born a woman, but becomes one. - Simone de Beauvoir

You have to figure out who the right person is to tell the story. And often, people who are very self-aware will only sound as if they are pontificating if they tell the story. - Ann Beattie

To write something, you have to risk making a fool of yourself. - Anne Rice

The one ironclad rule is that I have to try. - Anne Tyler

If somebody from the past doesn't rise up from the grave and start talking to me, I haven't got a book. I have to hear that voice, the voice of the narrator. How she sounds will tell me who she is, and who she is will tell me how she will act - and that starts the plot in motion. - Geraldine Brooks

Write with the complete palette of emotions. - Cindy Lambert

Write with no one looking over your shoulder. - Barbara Kingsolver

Write about what makes you different. - Sandra Cisneros

Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river. - Lisa See

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In the face of an obstacle which is impossible to overcome, stubbornness is stupid. - Simone de Beauvoir

You can fix anything but a blank page. - Nora Roberts

Sometimes you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. - John Green

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. - Rudyard Kipling

The desire to write grows with writing. - Desiderius Erasmus

I write until the first draft is finished, and then I feel that I can get out. But, during the time of the writing of the first draft, I don't go out. I'm just locked away, writing. It's a time of meditation, of going into the story. - Isabel Allende

One sure window into a person's soul is his reading list. - Mary B. W. Tabor

Inspiration usually comes during work, not before it. - Madeleine L'Engle

But I don't write about sex for today's teenagers. Or Doc Martens boots either. I'm more interested in exploring how exactly the world is run, which doesn't really change that much from one generation to another. - Nina Bawden

Writing for children is an art in itself, and a most interesting one. - Enid Blyton

It's never too late - in fiction or in life - to revise." - Nancy Thayer

You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we're doing it. - Neil Gaiman

To live a creative life we must first lose the fear of being wrong. - Joseph Chilton Pearce

Start before you're ready. - Steven Pressfield

Kids are smart: don't underestimate their bull detector. Contemporary kids have access to a lot of information, so don't even try to fool them. I have never been more nervous about my research than when writing for young adults because they pick up every single error. - Isabel Allende

One man's style must not be the rule of another's. - Jane Austen

While I would agree that I write about serious subjects, and that they're not necessarily the most pleasant subjects or even the most pleasant people, as a writer I just think about the humorous aspects of these things - that's what keeps me going when I'm writing a story. - Ann Beattie

A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit. - Richard Bach

I think I'm still chewing on my years as a foreign correspondent. I found myself covering catastrophes - war, uprising, famine, refugee crises - and witnessing how people were affected by dire situations. When I find a story from the past, I bring some of those lessons to bear on the narrative. - Geraldine Brooks

Being a writer means taking the leap from listening to saying, "Listen to me". - Jhumpa Lahiri

One good reason for writing novels based on your life is that you have something to read in old age when you've forgotten what happened. - Nina Bawden

Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy. - Pyotr Tchaikovsky

I always try to create conflict and drama in my books; it's the engine of the novel. - Monica Ali

Don't say "infinitely" when you mean "very;" otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite. - C.S. Lewis

To me the voice has always been the way to start any character. Once I find that, I'm good to go. - Lucy Alibar

Mistakes are the portals of discovery. - James Joyce

Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. - G.K. Chesterton

When one kicks over a tea table and smashes everything but the sugar bowl, one may as well pick that up and drop it on the bricks, don't you think? - Margery Allingham

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Creativity is an act of defiance. - Twyla Tharp

The drama of life begins with a wail and ends with a sigh. - Minna Antrim

Act boldly and unseen forces will come to your aid. - Dorothea Brande

Creativity takes courage. - Henri Matisse

As a screenwriter, you have to let go, and you have to hand your baby over and let it go off into the world, which is entirely appropriate. - Philippa Boyens

People always want to identify a writer with their protagonist. - Monica Ali

Tears are words that need to be written. - Paulo Coelho

No matter what age you are, or what your circumstances might be, you are special, and you still have something unique to offer. Your life, because of who you are, has meaning. - Barbara de Angelis

To the biographer all lives bar none are dramatic constructions. - Katharine Anthony

Both my parents loved words. That was the big deal in our house. - Geraldine Brooks

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