25 Quotes from Famous Writers to get you Writing

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Writers often need to isolate themselves in order to focus and get those creative juices flowing, but that does not mean that we are alone in our craft. From the scribes of ancient times to the modern writers of today, there have always existed people who have tried their hand at the illusive skill of trying to put thoughts to paper. We are a strange breed, often misunderstood because of those brooding silences when our minds wander away to far off lands; to discover new landscapes and dream new dreams. However, we are in good company. So if you are in need of some encouragement in your dream of becoming a writer - if you are tired of the naysayers - here are some inspiring quotes from fellow writers to light a fire in that creative brain of yours.

Quotes to light that creative fire

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And as imagination bodies forth

The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen

Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing

A local habitation and a name. - William Shakespeare


"I write because I've made progress and I make progress because I write." - St. Augustine

"You can always edit a bad page. You can't edit a blank page." - Jodi Picoult

"Many writers write because they've been there, seen that, did it and burnt their fingers." - Bangambiki Habyarimana

"Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." - Anton Chekhov

"I believe myself that a good writer doesn't really need to be told anything except to keep at it." - Chinua Achebe

"Words are a lens to focus one's mind." - Ayn Rand


Screw the false notion of "politically correct". No matter what race, nationality, creed or colour you are. If you are a real writer then you are writing in the real world. Write about it and stand up for yourself as well as other writers. - R.M. Engelhardt


"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." - Maya Angelou

"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." - Douglas Adams

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

"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

"All you have to do is put one word after another, and remember how great it feels to be a writer." - Stephanie Lennox


Their techniques might vary, but the essence of creation infuses all forms of art with the unique perspective of the artist. All artists engage in the act of imaginitively seeing from within and sharing with us their vision of the world on the canvas of their choosing. - Kilroy J. Oldster


"I write to discover what I know." - Flannery O'Connor

"Every secret of a writer's soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works." - Virginia Woolf

"I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn." - Anne Frank

"It is the writer who might catch the imagination of young people, and plant a seed that will flower and come to fruition." - Isaac Asimov

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

"And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt." - Sylvia Plath

"We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect." - Anaïs Nin

"There are three rules for writing. Unfortunately, no one can agree what they are." - Somerset Maugham


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


And finally, that one mantra that all writers live by...


Working on it. - Paul Aertker


There you have it. Now... get working on it!


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