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Inspirational Quotes for Writers

Updated: Jun 28, 2021

Do you have a story inside of you? Do you feel driven to write a novel of your very own? It can be a daunting project to start and difficult to finish. However, the work is absolutely worth the outcome. Check out the inspirational quotes for writers below and get back to work feeling motivated.

Inspirational Quotes for Writers & Inspiring Quotes for Writers

Read through these 20+ inspiring quotes for writers and get motivated!

“If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.”

Toni Morrison

“Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters.”

Neil Gaiman

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”

― Albert Einstein

“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

“We live and breathe words. .... It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them.”

Cassandra Clare

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!”

Audrey Hepburn

“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

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

Saul Bellow

Inspiring Quotes for Writers

“First, think. Second, dream. Third, believe. And finally, dare.”

― Walt Disney

“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.”

Aldous Huxley

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

Louis L'Amour

“One must always be careful of books," said Tessa, "and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

Cassandra Clare

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”

Philip Pullman

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

― Theodore Roosevelt

“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”

Ernest Hemingway

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

C.S. Lewis

“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”

Anne Frank

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”

William Wordsworth

“Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters.”

Neil Gaiman

“Imagination is like a muscle. I found out that the more I wrote, the bigger it got.”

Philip José Farmer

“Sleep is good, he said, and books are better.”

― George R. R. Martin

I hope these quotes have left you feeling uplifted and inspired to write.

If you're looking for more inspiration...

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