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20 Motivational Writing Quotes

Updated: Jan 23, 2019

Here are some of my favorite motivational writing quotes…

1. A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit. - Richard Bach

2. I’m not a very good writer but I’m an excellent rewriter. - James Michener

3. The first draft of anything is sh**. - Ernest Hemingway

4. If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word. - Margaret Atwood

5. Serious writers write, inspired or not. Over time they discover that routine is a better friend than inspiration. - Ralph Keyes

6. You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.” - Jodi Picoult

7. You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence. - Octavia E. Butler

8. I think new writers are too worried that it has all been said before. Sure it has, but not by you. - Asha Dornfest

9. To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. - Joseph Chilton Pearce

10. The first chapter sells the book. The last chapter sells the next book. - Mickey Spillane

11. It is perfectly okay to write garbage - as long as you edit brilliantly. - C.J. Cherryh

12. A writer has many successes. Selling the piece is only an exclamation point, a spot of punctuation. - Jane Yolen

13. Every writer I know has trouble writing. - Joseph Heller

14. Stop trying to write sentences and start trying to write stories. - James Patterson

15. You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. - C.S. Lewis

16. The only writer to whom you should compare yourself is the writer you were yesterday. - David Schlosser

17. Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go. - E.L. Doctorow

18. Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. - Anton Chekhov

19. You fail only if you stop writing. - Ray Bradbury

20. Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere. - Anne Lamott

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