5 inspirational writing quotes

I thought I’d kick off a new week—or end an old one—with a list of some of my favorite writing quotes. Feel free to add your favorites in the comments section. (Quote images made at Quozio.)

The-artist-deals-with Ursula Le Guin quote

Its-like-driving-a-car E.L. Doctorow


Love-Fall-in-love-and Ray Bradbury

Dont-tell-me-the-moon-is Anton Chekhov



Writing-practice-brings Natalie Goldberg

Sunday ROW80 check-in:


  • Finish a second draft of my novella “Good Old-Fashioned Magic.” Finished!
  • Write a first draft of another novella Currently titled “Called by Magic.” Finished! Did a read-through this week and made some minor changes—tying up loose ends/answering unanswered questions, fixing typos, smoothing out awkward phrasing, etc.
  • Start a third project. Started a second novelette. Wrote 3,318 words. Created a plot outline and did index cards, so this story is mostly mapped out.
  • Read a minimum of four books on the business or craft of writing. On book five, “Manuscript Makeover” by Elizabeth Lyon.

Social media:

  • Check in on Twitter or Facebook daily. Met for Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, not for Wednesday or Friday.
  • Blog two times per week. Blogged Sunday, not Wednesday.
  • Comment on three to five blogs per day, Monday-Thursday. Met for three of four days. Skipped Wednesday.

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What are some of your favorite writing quotes?

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10 thoughts on “5 inspirational writing quotes

  1. I have always loved that Doctorow quote; it makes me feel so much better about my own pantsing style of writing! I honestly don’t know if I could pick a favorite, myself. There’s a lot of great ones out there, and my preference will just depend on my mood.

      1. Don’t worry. We’ve all been there. I just think of it this way: Sometimes our headlights can’t cut through the fog. We can barely see in front of us and it feels like we’re moving at a snail’s pace. But eventually the fog clears and we can see further ahead. It’s all part of the process. 🙂

    1. Me too. The great part about Doctorow’s quote is that it can apply whether you’re a pantser or a plotter. Even if I have a road map (an outline) for a story, I still can’t predict the twists and turns the road will take, or the potholes or detours on the road to a finished story. That quote is definitely one of my faves. When I feel lost in the story, I just remind myself of these words and breathe.

  2. I’m not one to remember quotes. Quite frankly, I take two months away from a manuscript and I’m surprised by what’s written. 😉 But those were some very interesting quotes.

    You seem to be doing well on your goals. Keep up the great work.

    1. I think it’s great when our stories can surprise us. Immediately after finishing a manuscript, I usually feel like it’s terrible, but once I take a month or two away from it, I’ll find that there’s some really good writing in there. It’s not perfect, but it’s not terrible either. It’s funny how it works like that for some of us.

      Thanks, Gloria.

  3. Favourite writer quote: “If you really want to do something; no one can stop you; If you really don’t want to do something, no one can help you.” ~James A. Owen

    1. That’s a good one. I once heard someone (can’t remember who now) say that one of the ways you know you’re a writer is if you can’t stop writing.If you can stop, stop. If you can’t stop, you’re a writer. Those words are in a similar vein to the quote you’ve shared. Thanks!

  4. Love the quotes. Lately, I’ve needed this one: “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” Bill Cosby

    Sometimes, I spend too much precious time worrying about everyone wants and it gets in my head and shuts me down.

    Sounds like you are rocking the goals. Can’t believe this round is almost over!

    1. That’s a good one. We often try to please too many people and end up making ourselves miserable. It’s definitely anxiety provoking.

      It applies to both life and writing. As writers, we’ll have to remember that not every story will please every reader–and that’s okay because tastes differ.

      I know. This round flew by. I can’t believe we’re almost halfway through September. Thanks, Tia!

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