#WriteTip: 15 Quotes for Inspiration


As writers, our task is unique. We imagine, create, envision, empower and dream. We share details on the page to inspire the reader to more–more beauty and passion, more creativity and depth, more justice and truth, more life-giving metamorphosis. The values that empower us in life are the gift we give our readers.

What happens to the writer on days we just aren’t “feeling it?” How can we jumpstart creativity and give the very best of ourselves in the words on the page? Here are a few ways to get motivated and moving today as you write–a collection of favorite quotes & favorite authors guaranteed to offer a kickstart to your writing day. Happy writing!

Get Started

“Inspiration is everywhere. Carry a notebook.” –Victor Hugo

“Every story starts with a story spark–a great idea generated by something you see or hear and nurtured by something you care about.”

–Susan May Warren, Conversations With a Writing Coach

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” –Stephen King, On Writing

Stay on Track

“I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.” –Shannon Hale

“A day of bad writing is always better than a day of no writing.” –Don Roff

“There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly, sometimes it’s like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.” –Ernest Hemingway

Learn Craft

“One of the best ways to create suspense and hook readers into reading on is to simply delay answering important story questions.”

–K.M. Weiland

Write Strong

“When all else fails, write what your heart tells you. You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” –Mark Twain

“Having a dream is easy. It’s being brave enough to walk the journey every day that sets you apart from the crowd.” –Kristy Cambron, The Ringmaster’s Wife

“Very few writers know what they are doing until they’ve done it.” –Anne Lamott

“If I waited for perfection, I would never write.” –Margaret Atwood

Find Your Why…& Keep It

“You’ve got something to say, and the world needs to hear it.” –Jeff Goins

“Every hero’s journey, including ours, reaches that moment where we either cling to the known, or move into mystery.”

–Allen Arnold, The Story of With

“When we stop fearing failure, we start being artists.” –Ann Voskamp

“Some stories offer a way to unplug from reality. Yet the better stories usher us into a deeper reality. These kind of stories rip a seam in the atmosphere so that the unseen starts to become visible… and provides a glimpse of God.” –Allen Arnold



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