Favorite Writing Quotes

The Resilient Writer edited by Catherine Wald.

The quote is from author Wally Lamb:

“If you write your book for yourself, instead of with a readership in mind, then the book will be true. And if the book is true, it will find an audience that is meant to read it.”

The Forest for the Trees, written by experienced editor Betsy Lerner.

“Fear of failure is the reason most often cited to explain why so many aspiring writers never realize their dreams. But I think it’s that same fear of failure that absolutely invigorates those who do push through—that is, the fear of not being heard.”

A Writer’s Space: Make Room to Dream, to Work, to Write by Eric Maisel.

“The writing life is defined by the succession of choices you make, primary among them whether or not you will write. You honor your writing space by entering it with this mantra: ‘I am ready to work.’ You enter, grow quiet, and vanish into your writing.”

The Writer’s Portable Therapist: 25 Sessions to a Creativity Cure by Rachel Ballon, Ph.D.

“Perfectionism is the belief that what you write is never good enough. It is another form of being blocked. Perfectionists are afraid of risks, and if you don’t learn to take risk in your writing, you won’t grow as a writer.”

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott.

“Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere. Start by getting something—anything—down on paper.”

The Resilient Writer: Tales of Rejection and Triumph by 23 Top Authors edited by Catherine Wald.

The quote comes from author of White Oleander, Janet Fitch:

“That’s the dividing line between writers and would-be writers. A writer will put up with the pain, the anxiety, and all the crap to get what they want, which is their development as an artist.”

A Writer’s Space: Make Room to Dream, to Work, to Write by Eric Maisel.

“There is always the risk that you may disappoint yourself. That risk is there even for productive writers, as most writers don’t write as often as they would like. Because of this reality, you will need to practice self-forgiveness.”

First Novel: An Author Agent Team Share the Keys to Achieving Your Dream by Ann Rittenberg and Laura Whitcomb.

“You should be passionate about your novel without being closed-minded. You need to love your story and at the same time be open to advice about improving it. If you are too fixated on the writing exactly the way it is, you will suffocate it. Let it breathe.”

Writing Alone, Writing Together: A Guide for Writers and Writing Groups by Judy Reeves

“Routines and rituals, discipline and structure: it is within this order that the wild, free creative mind is set loose to roam.”

The Writer’s Portable Therapist: 25 Sessions to a Creativity Cure by Rachel Ballon, Phd.

“Don’t feel guilty about being afraid of the blank page. Don’t think you aren’t a writer if you don’t rush to the computer first thing when you get up in the morning in order to face the empty page. Writing is hard work. Filling up an empty page with your thoughts, your pains, your joys, and your creative ideas takes immense courage.”

Writing Starts with the Breath: Embodying Your Authentic Voice by Laraine Herring

“Inspiration doesn’t descend like a lightning bolt from the gods. Inspiration comes instead from a steady breath, a solid foundation, and a commitment to the process.”

The Faith of a Writer: Life, Craft, Art by Joyce Carol Oates.

“The first draft may be stumbling and exhausting, but the next draft or drafts will be soaring and exhilarating. Only have faith: the first sentence can’t be written until the last sentence has been written. Only then do you know where you’ve been going, and where you’ve been. The novel is the affliction for which only the novel is the cure.”