25 Top Motivational Writing Quotes

What are the best motivational writing quotes, and how can they help?

Nobody has ever said that writing should always feel easy. I've lost count of the number of times I've sat down to write and felt uninspired and unmotivated.

New and experienced creatives sometimes experience writer's block. When this happens, you might wonder what to do.

It's a good idea to turn to motivational writing quotes that can help you get through this difficult patch.

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The Top Motivational Writing Quotes

1. R.L. Stine

“People say, ‘What advice do you have for people who want to be writers?’ I say, they don’t really need advice, they know they want to be writers, and they’re gonna do it. Those people who know that they really want to do this and are cut out for it, they know it.”

2. Franz Kafka

“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

3. Anton Chekov

“My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying.”

4. Stephen King       

“”When you write a book, you spend day after day scanning and identifying the trees. When you’re done, you have to step back and look at the forest.”

5. Nick Hornby

“”Anyone and everyone taking a writing class knows that the secret of good writing is to cut it back, pare it down, winnow, chop, hack, prune, and trim, remove every superfluous word, compress, compress, compress…””

6. Norman Vincent Peale

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers, you cannot be successful or happy.”

7. Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them. “

8. Joss Weldon

“I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of.”

9. William H. Gass

“The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words.”

10. Anne Frank

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

11. Madeleine L’Engle

“”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.”

12. Mark Twain

“Substitute ‘damn' every time you're inclined to write ‘very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”

13. William Faulkner

“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out of the window.”

14. Thomas Mann

“A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”

From Essays of Three Decades

15. Aldous Huxley

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

– From Brave New World

16. Ray Bradbury

“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”

– From Zen in the Art of Writing

17. Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

“”Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. All they do is show you've been to college.”

– From A Man Without a Country

18. Isaac Asimov

“If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster.”

19. John Steinbeck

“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.”

20. Friedrich Nietzsche

“A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.”

21. Elmore Leonard

“If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. Or, if proper usage gets in the way, it may have to go. I can't allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and rhythm of the narrative.”

22. Gustave Flaubert

“I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.”

23. Sidney Sheldon

“A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it is to be God.”

24. Natalie Goldberg

“Writers live twice.”

25. Henry Miller

“Writing is its own reward.”

The Final Word on Motivational Writing Quotes

Every writer faces different challenges. So pick a motivational writing quote for your particular challenge.

As long as you persist, you will push through problems like writer's block. Keep in mind you can always edit a bad page, but you can't edit a blank page.

So, take a look at these motivational quotes and start writing today.

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