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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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