Monday, July 1, 2013

Inspiring Writing Quotes 1

From Kate's Writing Crate...


Writers should write every day, but some days it's hard to get started. Here are quotes that inspire me to keep writing:

When you write from the heart, you not only light the dark path of your readers, you light your own way as well. 
       –Marjorie Holmes

…writing is finally sitting alone in a room and wrenching it out of yourself, and nobody can teach you that. 
     –Jon Winokur

If you want to write, you can. Fear stops most people from writing, not lack of talent, whatever that is. Who am I? What right have I to speak? Who will listen to me if I do? You're a human being with a unique story to tell, and you have every right. If you speak with passion, many of us will listen. We need stories to live, all of us. We live by story. Yours enlarge the circle.  –Richard Rhodes

When I write, I am always struck at how magical and unexpected the process turns out to be.  –Ralph Fletcher

Writing is really rewriting—making the story better, clearer, truer.  –Robert Lipsyte

Don't market yourself. Editors and readers don't know what they want until they see it. Scratch what itches. Write what you need to write, feed the hunger for meaning in your life.      –Donald M. Murray

The fight of all fights is to write.  –Herman Melville

The role of the writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.  –Anais Nin

Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure only death can stop it.  –Ernest Hemingway

You're a writer and that's something better than being a millionaire—because it's something holy.  –Harlan Ellison

I honestly think in order to be a writer, you have to learn to be reverent –Anne Lamott

Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar. 
       –E. B. White

There is so much about the process of writing that is mysterious to me. But this one thing I've found to be true: writing begets writing.  –Dorianne Laux

You learn to write by reading and writing, writing and reading. As a craft, it's acquired through the apprentice system, but you choose your own teachers. Sometimes they're alive, sometimes they're dead.  –Margaret Atwood

Writing's an important way of living.  –William S. Burroughs

Writing is harder than anything else; at least starting to write is.  –Kristin Hunter

Every writer I know has trouble writing.  –Joseph Heller

Inspiration comes when you stick your elbows on the table and your bottom on the chair and start sweating. Choose a theme, an idea, and squeeze your brain until it hurts. That's called inspiration.  –Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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

What quotes inspire you? Keep them in your Common Book.

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