We all need inspiration from time to time. Often, this can come through a scene idea stuck in our head. Where we rush and write so we can get there. Other times it’s the knowledge of a reward once we reach a certain milestone.
Yet still, we can get inspiration from the quotes of those who have gone before us. Here are ten of my favorite quotes on writing.
If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it. -Toni Morrison
Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. -Anton Chekhov
You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. – Jack London
Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. -G.K. Chesterton
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. -Benjamin Franklin
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
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader. -Robert Frost
It doesn’t matter how many book ideas you have if you can’t finish writing your book. -Joe Bunting
If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write. -Martin Luther
It’s like the great stories, Mr. Frodo, the ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn’t want to know the end because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad has happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing this shadow, even darkness must pass. A new day will come, and when the sun shines, it’ll shine out the clearer. I know now folks in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going because they were holding on to something. That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for. -J.R.R. Tolkien
Not all of these quotes will inspire you the way they inspire me. Use this list as an example to create your own list of motivating quotes. And when you make your list, put it someplace that you can access when you’re feeling down about your writing.
Keep up the fantastic work!