40 Passionate Quotes About Writing for Aspiring Writers

40 Passionate Quotes About Writing for Aspiring Writers

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose. Bill Gates

  1. Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition. Abraham Lincoln

  2. All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. Walt Disney

  3. Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up. Jane Yolen

  4. A storyteller makes up things to help other people; a liar makes up things to help himself. Daniel Wallace, The Kings and Queens of Roam

  5. I know I was writing stories when I was five. I don't know what I did before that. Just loafed, I suppose. P.G. Wodehouse

  6. Keep a small can of WD-40 on your desk—away from any open flames—to remind yourself that if you don't write daily, you will get rusty. George Singleton

  7. No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader. Robert Frost

  8. I read and feel that same compulsion; the desire to possess what he has written, which can only be subdued by writing something myself. Patti Smith, M Train

  9. 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. William Faulkner

  10. Because this business of becoming conscious, of being a writer, is ultimately about asking yourself, How alive am I willing to be? Anne Lamott

  11. The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading, in order to write; a writer will turn over half a library to make one book. Samuel Johnson

  12. I believe myself that a good writer doesn't really need to be told anything except to keep at it. Chinua Achebe

  13. Cheat your landlord if you can and must, but do not try to shortchange the Muse. It cannot be done. You can't fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal. William S. Burroughs

  14. The scariest moment is always just before you start. Stephen King

  15. The most beautiful things are those that madness prompts and reason writes. Andre Gide

  16. There is no greater power on this earth than story. Libba Bray

  17. We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect. Anaïs Nin

  18. Writing is something you do alone. Its a profession for introverts who want to tell you a story but don't want to make eye contact while doing it. John Green

  19. I could write an entertaining novel about rejection slips, but I fear it would be overly long. Louise Brown

  20. There is no passion to be found playing small--in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. Nelson Mandela

  21. I do not over-intellectualise the production process. I try to keep it simple: Tell the d*mned story. Tom Clancy

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

  23. We're past the age of heroes and hero kings. … Most of our lives are basically mundane and dull, and it's up to the writer to find ways to make them interesting. John Updike

  24. There is no real ending. It's just the place where you stop the story. Frank Herbert

  25. One sure window into a person's soul is his reading list. Mary B. W. Tabor

  26. There is no such thing as fantasy unrelated to reality. Maurice Sendak

  27. Writing is like a ‘lust,' or like ‘scratching when you itch.' Writing comes as a result of a very strong impulse, and when it does come, I, for one, must get it out. C.S. Lewis

  28. Writing a book is like telling a joke and having to wait 2 years to know whether or not it was funny. Alain de Botton

  29. You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win. Zig Ziglar

  30. If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way. Napoleon Hill

  31. A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. Thomas Mann

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

  33. Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind. Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

  34. I don't care if a reader hates one of my stories, just as long as he finishes the book. Roald Dahl

  35. Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose. Bill Gates

  36. We were born to be brave. Bob Goff

  37. Write something that's worth fighting over. Because that's how you change things. That's how you create art. Jeff Goins, author of Real Artists Don't Starve

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

  39. Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new. Brian Tracy

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