These writing quotes are dedicated to my fellow writers, who dare to create even though that means creating when there’s sometimes no promise or inspiration to create. I chose these quotes to encourage you to do what you love, whether your cup is full or praying to be filled. The world needs more people who are in love.
“Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it.” — Madeleine L’Engle
I love to write, so here I am, writing about writing. Even now, as I sit down to write something, probably especially because I’m sitting down to write about the very thing I’m sitting down to do, I am hitting blocks.
The art of creating, I have to keep remembering, involves learning how to stay without inspiration until inspiration finds me creating. I need to face distraction—temptation, procrastination—and get still first if I am going to move anything along.
Stillness, then work. Work, then inspiration.
It remains true, that even though I’ve dismantled these walls before, they don’t go away. They reconstruct themselves just in time for me to sit down and write again, and I sit and stay, and I learn to tear them down all over again… over and over again.
Writer’s block (that wall) is a very real thing. It doesn’t discriminate, and it doesn’t go away just because you’ve been writing for a long time.
Why continue when there’s no inspiration? For me, because I live. The real question, though, is how to continue when there’s no inspiration.If you want to be a writer, you have to learn to write even when you don't feel like it. tweet this
I selected and compiled these writing quotes to share with you, my fellow writer at heart, because though I may not be able to deliver inspiration directly to you, I can support you in opening up to it.
If you love to write and you learn to stay, writing through the uninspired moments, you will be in love every day—the kind of love that remakes a world.
20 Writing Quotes to Support What You Love and Must Do
1. “Why does anybody tell a story? It does indeed have something to do with faith. Faith that the universe has meaning, that our little human lives are not irrelevant, that what we choose or say or do matters, matters cosmically.” — Madeleine L’Engle
2. “Writing is what makes a writer, nothing more and nothing less… Go where the pleasure is in your writing. Go where the pain is.” — Anne Rice
3. “Start telling the stories that only you can tell, because there’ll always be better writers than you and there’ll always be smarter writers than you. There will always be people who are much better at doing this or doing that – but you are the only you.” ― Neil Gaiman“I write because I’m scared of writing, but I’m more scared of not writing.” ― Gloria Anzaldúa tweet this
5. “Writers don’t write from experience, although many are hesitant to admit that they don’t. If you wrote from experience, you’d get maybe one book, maybe three poems. Writers write from empathy.” — Nikki Giovanni
6. “And the secret of it all is, to write in the gush, the throb, the flood, of the moment—to put things down without deliberation—without worrying about their style—without waiting for a fit time or place.” — Walt Whitman
7. “I think new writers are too worried that it has all been said before. Sure it has, but not by you.” — Asha Dornfest“Every first draft is perfect because all a first draft has to do is exist.” — Jane Smiley tweet this
9. “Why one writes is a question I can answer easily, having so often asked it of myself. I believe one writes because one has to create a world in which one can live. I could not live in any of the worlds offered to me — the world of my parents, the world of war, the world of politics. I had to create a world of my own, like a climate, a country, an atmosphere in which I could breathe, reign, and recreate myself when destroyed by living. That, I believe, is the reason for every work of art.” – Anaïs Nin
10. “I think I did pretty well, considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper.” — Steve Martin
11. “Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.” – Gloria Steinem“The discipline of creation, be it to paint, compose, write, is an effort towards wholeness.” — Madeleine L’Engle tweet this
13. “A writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, or because everything she does is golden… a writer is a writer because, even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway.” — Junot Diaz
14. “Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” — Louis L’Amour
15. “You may not write well every day, but you can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.” — Jodi Picoult
16. “A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” – Richard Bach“Serious writers write, inspired or not. Over time they discover that routine is a better friend than inspiration.” – Ralph Keyes tweet this
18. “I have advice for people who want to write. I don’t care whether they’re 5 or 500. There are three things that are important: First, if you want to write, you need to keep an honest, unpublishable journal that nobody reads, nobody but you. Where you just put down what you think about life, what you think about things, what you think is fair and what you think is unfair. And second, you need to read. You can’t be a writer if you’re not a reader. It’s the great writers who teach us how to write. The third thing is to write. Just write a little bit every day. Even if it’s for only half an hour — write, write, write.” — Madeleine L’Engle
19. “I am always chilled and astonished by the would-be writers who ask me for advice and admit, quite blithely, that they “don’t have time to read.” This is like a guy starting up Mount Everest saying that he didn’t have time to buy any rope or pitons.” ― Stephen King
20. “A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it.” – Roald Dahl
Why do you love to write, regardless of whether or not you’re inspired to write?
Share the writing quotes you love most, how you overcome writer’s block, what you’re creating right now, insights you’d share with a fellow writer at heart, and any stories with me in the comments.
Encourage someone else to open the floodgates: share a quote or two or twenty.
The more you stay and survive the uninspired moments of frustration and disheartenment, the more miracles you’ll have access to. In other words, keep doing what you love, in drought or flood. If it only pays off internally, I’d be bold enough to say that that is more than enough.