Twelve Wise and Inspiring Quotes About Writing


December is always a big month for me: I love celebrating Christmas and the New Year, of course, but it’s also when my birthday falls (on December 12th).

For me, this time of year always involves some reflection on how the past eleven and a bit months have gone … and some thoughts about what I want to accomplish in the year ahead.

All year, I’ve been sharing some of my favourite quotes about writing on Twitter … and I wanted to repost some of the best here, in the hopes that you’ll find them encouraging and motivating too:

#1: “Writing is a job, a talent, but it’s also the place to go in your head. It is the imaginary friend you drink your tea with in the afternoon.”
– Ann Patchett

#2: “Write about what really interests you, whether it is real things or imaginary things, and nothing else.”
– C. S. Lewis

#3: “Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.”
– Gloria Steinem

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

#5: “The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.”
– Mary Heaton Vorse

#6: “Take the time to write. You can do your life’s work in half an hour a day.”
– Robert Hass

#7: “We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”
– Ernest Hemingway

#8: “I try to leave out the parts that people skip.”
– Elmore Leonard

#9: “I love my rejection slips, they show me I try.”
– Sylvia Plath

#10: “All good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.”
– Anne Lamott

#11: “The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better.”
– Stephen King

#12: “If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.”
– Edgar Rice Burroughs


If a particular quote appeals to you, why not write it out and keep it on your desk or in your writing notebook? (And if you have a different favourite quote, do share it with us in the comments!)

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4 thoughts on “Twelve Wise and Inspiring Quotes About Writing

  1. I love every single one of your quotes Ali, thank you! I will print them all out 🙂

    The first writing quote I ever put above my desk is by Seth Godin:

    “Here’s the thing: the book that will most change your life is the book you write.”

    Happy belated Birth Day!

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