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25 Motivational Quotes for Writers

Sometimes we all need a little motivation. Here's 25 quotes to inspire and motivate you to get those words written.

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It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.- C. J. Cherryh

It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.- Robert Benchley

I have been successful probably because I have always realized that I knew nothing about writing and have merely tried to tell an interesting story entertainingly. - Edgar Rice Burroughs

Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.- E. L. Doctorow

Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good. - William Faulkner

Writing is its own reward. - Henry Miller

Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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 Card

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

If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.- Edgar Rice Burroughs

“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”
—Richard Bach

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

“The Six Golden Rules of Writing: Read, read, read, and write, write, write.”
—Ernest Gaines

“Serious writers write, inspired or not. Over time they discover that routine is a better friend than inspiration.”
—Ralph Keyes

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

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.”
—Aristotle

“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”
—George Eliot

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”
—Theodore Roosevelt

“Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.”
—William B. Sprague

“Failure is success if we learn from it.”
—Malcolm Forbes

“No one put a gun to your head and ordered you to become a writer. One writes out of his own choice and must be prepared to take the rough spots along the road with a certain equanimity, though allowed some grinding of the teeth.”
—Stanley Ellin

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

“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”
― Madeleine L'Engle

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

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

What's your favourite motivational quote? 


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