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Thomas Mann once said, “A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”

As a writer, you probably understand exactly what Mann means: Writing is hard work! Sometimes, you might have a paragraph, verse, or character that just doesn’t seem to work no matter how many times you rewrite or edit. Other times, it may feel like your muse is avoiding your calls and has left no forwarding address. So if you’re in need of some inspiration to keep motivated—and keep writing—Writer’s Relief has you covered!

Here are some of our favorite quotes from writers about writing. Print out your favorites and post them in your workspace for those moments when you need an extra boost of stick-to-itiveness to help you reach your writing goals.

17 Motivational Quotes For Writers

The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.―Terry Pratchett

 

People say, “What advice do you have for people who want to be writers?” I say, they don’t really need advice, they know they want to be writers, and they’re gonna do it. Those people who know that they really want to do this and are cut out for it, they know it.— R.L. Stine

 

If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.―Toni Morrison

 

Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.―Jane Yolen

 

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

 

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.― Sylvia Plath

 

You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.― Jodi Picoult

 

Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.—Franz Kafka

 

A word after a word after a word is power.―Margaret Atwood

 

Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.—Louis L’Amour

 

Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.
―William Faulkner

 

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

 

This is how you do it: You sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it’s done. It’s that easy. And that hard.―Neil Gaiman

 

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

 

If the book is true, it will find an audience that is meant to read it.—Wally Lamb

 

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

 

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.―Ernest Hemingway

 

 

Questions: What are some of your favorite inspirational writing quotes?

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