Even the best writers have days they don’t feel like writing. Nothing seems inspiring. These quotes may provide that spark of inspiration you need. There’s something for every writer here. Enjoy!
The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
Books choose their authors, the act of creation is not entirely a rational and conscious one.
Anyone who believes you can’t change history has never tried to write his memoirs.
-David Ben Gurion
Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it.
English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment, and education – sometimes it’s sheer luck, like getting across the street.
-E. B. White
Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer. He must be alone, uninterrupted, and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking.
Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.
If my doctor told me I had only six months to live, I wouldn’t brood, I’d type a little faster.
It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.
It is perfectly okay to write garbage – as long as you edit brilliantly.
-C. J. Cherryh
If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.
-Edgar Rice Burroughs
You know how it is in the kid’s book world; it’s just bunny eat bunny.
I love deadlines. I like the shooshing sound they make when they fly by.
Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any.
-Orson Scott Card
Rejections slips, or form letters, however factually phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil, but there is no way around them.
Arguments over grammar and style are often as fierce as those over IMB versus Mac, and as fruitless as Coke versus Pepsi and boxers versus briefs.
There is probably no hell for authors in the next world – they suffer so much from critics and publishers in this.
-C. N. Bovee